Your community guide to Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport or known as O.R Tambo International Airport the “Gateway to Africa”
Some background information on FAOR
O.R Tambo International Airport is the main airport of South Africa serving over 58 airports and 32 countries! The airport is a hub for a lot of airlines in South Africa such as
- South African Airways
- Fly Safair
- South African Cargo
Not only this but it has a lot of different and unique airlines coming into it from Emirates to A-Sky. O.R Tambo was founded in 1952 as Jan Smuts International Airport then renamed into just Johannesburg International Airport and then again in 1994 to O.R Tambo International Airport. Fun fact back in the 70’s FAOR was used to test the world-famous Concorde supersonic aircraft.
You can find more information about FAOR here
FAOR has 2 runways RWY03L and RWY21R are mostly used for departures and RWY03R and RWY21L are used for arrivals
They are RWY03L, RWY03R, RWY21L and RWY21R
The 2 runways are asphalt runways.
All runways are equipped with ILS
The airport is situated at 5,558 feet above sea level making it a hot and high airport which explains the longer runways. So add a bit more thrust on your departure to ensure a safe departure.
If you are using Unicom and are ILS arriving into FAOR set this ALT into the VNAV for a smooth intercept of 8,000 feet
Also don’t slow down too much as you would at other airports as you will stall due to the hight
Also, beware of the drop at the end of each runway you don’t want to land before those
FAOR has 2 terminals an International terminal housing all your international flights and a domestic terminal housing all your domestic flights.
The international terminals are A1 and A2
FAOR also has a bit of a lengthy cargo and remote stand area were usually airlines such as Lufthansa and Swiss park their aircraft there when they land in the morning and depart in the evening.
The international Terminal has the following 19 gates that can handle the following aircraft
Boeing 737-MAX 7
Boeing 737-MAX 8
Boeing 737-MAX 9
Boeing 737 MAX 10
Airlines fly to different gates each day so it is hard to pinpoint their exact gate because they change so frequently.
The domestic terminal can handle all your narrow-body aircraft from the A220 to the 737 MAX
Then we have the cargo stands which can also handle basically every aircraft and has even handled an Antonov before.
The remote stands vary the remote stands by the domestic terminal handle your narrow-body aircraft and the remote stands by the International terminal can handle wide-body aircraft.
FAOR Has many SIDS and STARS and they can all be found below
There are a lot of airlines all over the world that fly into FAOR here they are
Airlink - HUB
Kulula - HUB
LAM Mozambique Airlines
Mango - HUB
Royal Zambian Airlines
South African Airways - HUB, Flag Carrier
TAAG Angola Airlines
United Airlines - Begins 21 March
Uganda Air Cargo
Here are some charts I got so that your experience can be that bit more realistic
FAOR is a great airport with a lot of routes to offer to almost every pilot out there! I hope this has made your experience at FAOR a bit more realistic and helpful!
I will update this thread accordingly with new information etc for now enjoy
Thread made by @Average_Gamer