27 February 2015, Johannesburg – O.R. Tambo International Airport
walked away with the title “African Airport of the year” at an awards ceremony
held as part of Air Cargo Africa 2015 in Ekurhuleni yesterday evening.
The auspicious occasion, which was attended by the who’s who of the aviation
cargo industry was held at Emperors Palace from 25-27 February 2015. O.R. Tambo
Interntional Airport participated, together with other big players in the
industry, varying from airports, cargo airlines, ground handlers and freight
“We are especially proud as this is the second time in a row that our airport
has been bestowed with this accolade,” said Ms Bongiwe Pityi, the General
Manager of O.R. Tambo International Airport.
O.R. Tambo International first won the award at the second bi-ennial Air
Cargo Africa instalment, held at Emperor’s Palace in 2013.
“Together with our excellent location, accessibility and connectivity, O.R.
Tambo International also has great and reliable infrastructure. We also
collaborate well with the relevant stakeholders to continue providing efficient
service to our cargo customers,” added Pityi.
The African Airport of the year award comes hot on the heels of Airports
Company South Africa’s signing of a cargo management cooperation agreement with
Mitteldeutsche Airport Holding of Leipzig/Halle Airport. The agreement, signed
at Air Cargo Afirca 2015 on 25 Februaury, will expand international air cargo
market opportunities, elevating both airports’ status in the air transportation
industry. The strategic partnership will involve the exchange of information and
individual expertise along with cooperation in customer acquisition.
O.R. Tambo International Airport services over 50 airlines to approximately
100 destinations, locally, regionally and internationally. The airport is the
largest cargo airport in Africa and boasting capacity of 390 000 tons per
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