Your guide to Oliver Reginald International Airport or known as FAOR

Your community guide to Oliver Reginald Tambo International Airport or known as O.R Tambo International Airport the “Gateway to Africa”

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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
  • Mango
  • Comair
  • Kulula
  • Airlink
  • 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

Airport Specifics

Runways

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

Airport Height

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

Terminals

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

Airbus A318-100
Airbus A319-100
Airbus A320-200
Airbus A321-200
Airbus A330-200
Airbus A330-300
Airbus A340-100
Airbus A340-200
Airbus A340-300
Airbus A340-500
Airbus A340-600
Airbus A350-900
Airbus A350-1000
Airbus A380-800

Boeing 737-100
Boeing 737-200
Boeing 737-300
Boeing 737-400
Boeing 737-500
Boeing 737-600
Boeing 737-700
Boeing 737-800
Boeing 737-900
Boeing 737-MAX 7
Boeing 737-MAX 8
Boeing 737-MAX 9
Boeing 737 MAX 10
Boeing 747-100
Boeing 747-200
Boeing 747-300
Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747-800
Boeing 757-200
Boeing 757-300
Boeing 767-200
Boeing 767-300
Boeing 767-400
Boeing 777-200
Boeing 777-300
Boeing 787-8
Boeing 787-9
Boeing 787-10

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.

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SIDS/STARS

FAOR Has many SIDS and STARS and they can all be found below

SIDS

North

NESA1A

North East

EGME1C
EGME1D
EGME2A
EGME2B
NORVA2A

East

EXOB1A
EXOB3B

South East

APDA1B
APDA1D
APDA2B
APDA3A
GERO1C
OVAL1A
OVAL1B

South

HGV5D

South West

GAV5B
GAV6C
RAGU3A
RAGU3B

North West

LIV1C
VASU3A
VASU3B

STARS

North East

OKPI4A
OKPI4B

East

WIV3C
WIV4A

South East

AVIL1A
AVIL1B
STV1C
STV1D
STV5B
STV6A

South West

NIBE1B
NIBE1D
NIBE2A
NIBE2C

North West

AVAG1C
AVAG1D
AVAG2A
AVAG2B

Airlines

There are a lot of airlines all over the world that fly into FAOR here they are

Commercial Airlines

Air Austral
Air Botswana
Air China
Air France
Airlink - HUB
Air Madagascar
Air Mauritius
Air Peace
Air Seychelles
Air Zimbabwe
Alitalia
ASKY Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Cemair
Congo Airways
Delta
Egypt Air
EL AL
Emirates
Etihad
Ethiopian
Fastjet Zimbabwe
FlySafair
FlyWestair
Kenya Airways
KLM
Kulula - HUB
LAM Mozambique Airlines
LATAM Brazil
Lift
Lufthansa
Malawi Airlines
Mango - HUB
Proflight Zambia
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Zambian Airlines
Rwandair
Saudia
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways - HUB, Flag Carrier
Swiss
TAAG Angola Airlines
Turkish Airlines
United Airlines - Begins 21 March
Virgin Atlantic

Cargo Airlines

Bidair Cargo
Cargolux
EgyptAir Cargo
Emirates SkyCargo
Etihad Cargo
Ethiopian Cargo
FedEx
Lufthansa Cargo
Martinair
Qatar Cargo
Saudia Cargo
Turkish Cargo
Uganda Air Cargo

Charts

Here are some charts I got so that your experience can be that bit more realistic

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Links: JNB - Johannesburg [O.R. Tambo Intl], GT, ZA - Airport - Great Circle Mapper

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

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