Your ultimate guide to OR Tambo International (FAOR)

O.R. Tambo International Airport | FAOR/JNB

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O.R Tambo International Airport is an international airport situated in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. It serves at the primary airport for domestic and international travel to and from South Africa. As of 2020, it is the second busiest airport in Africa. This airport has very peculiar procedures that are different from regular procedures, and this guide will explain all you need to know about this airport.


Basic Briefing

ICAO: FAOR
IATA: JNB
Runways: 2 Parallel
Elevation: 5558ft ASL
Airlines: 53
Destinations: 93


Airlines and Destinations

Airlines and Destinations
Airline Destination Aircraft Notes
Air Austral FMEE A220 Former 738 and 788 route
Air Belgium EBBR A339 Via FACT
Air China ZBAA (Stopover in ZGSG), ZUUU 77W
Air France LFPG 77W Former A388 route
Air Mauritius FIMP A359, A339
British Airways EGLL A388 Former 744 route
Cathay Pacific VHHH 77W Resuming on 01/08/2023 after COVID-19 suspension.
Delta KATL A359 Former 77L Route
EgyptAir HECA 789 Former A330 Route
El Al LLBG 789
Emirates OMDB A388 Former 77W route, as of 2022, 77W switched with 388.
Ethiopian HABB A359,77W,788,738
Etihad OMAA 789
KLM EHAM 77W Former 744 Route
Kenya Airways HKJK 788
Lufthansa EDDF A346, 748, A388 seen rarely
Qantas YSSY, YPPH 789, A333 Former 747 route (YSSY)
Qatar OTHH 77W, 77L
Singapore WSSS (Stopover in FACT) A359 Former 77W route
Swiss LSZH A343 Former A333 route
Turkish LTFM (Stopover at FALE) A359 Former A333 route
TAAG Angola FNLU 772,737
United KEWR 789
Virgin Atlantic EGLL 789, A35K

Note that this list does not contain airlines that use FAOR as a hub, or airlines that do not exist in Infinite Flight.


Terminals, Ramps

Terminals, Ramps

FAOR has 7 different aprons (A-G), which serve as follows:

Apron A

The primary apron at FAOR. This apron serves both international and domestic traffic. Gates A1R through to A6 serve only the International terminal (with the exception of some South African Airways domestic flights). Gates A7 through to A13 serve the Domestic Terminal, however, they are occasionally used to accommodate international narrow-body airliners.

Apron B

This apron serves the domestic terminal. Gates B1 through to B7 will often be used by Apron A international airlines for arrivals, after which they are tugged to their gate at Apron A. Gates B8 through B13 are used solely for domestic flights.

Apron C

This apron is used solely by domestic flights.

Apron E

Apron E is used by international flights. This is the only apron with gates to accommodate A380’s and 747’s.

Apron F

This apron is used for arriving flights which depart from Apron E. British Airways, Lufthansa, and Emirates use Gates F3 and F6 for their A380’s/747’s on arrival, after which they will be towed to Apron E for boarding.

Apron D

This apron is used for both international and domestic airliners. It is primarily used to store aircraft for longer periods of time, for example, Swiss uses the apron to store their A343’s between their 9AM arrival and 8PM departure. This apron is also used to accommodate widebody cargo aircraft.

Apron G

This apron serves the cargo terminal. Gates on this ramp can only accommodate narrow body aircraft, and therefor Apron D is used for widebody cargo flights.


Runways

Runway Surface Length Usage ILS
03L/21R Asphalt 14,495ft Departures Yes
03R/21L Asphalt 11,155 Arrivals Yes

Taxiway Procedures

Due to taxiway renovations and the planned extension of Rwy 03L/21R, the following procedures are currently used. In all the taxiway charts below, the blue line represents the route narrowbody/Class-C and below aircraft should use. The red line represents the route widebody/Class-D and above should use. Apron C is restricted to class-C aircraft at all times, this means that larger aircraft cannot make use if Taxiway B unless being towed to apron M.

Construction Departure Taxi Routes


Repaving of parts of taxiways B and J mean that they are closed, this requires all aircraft to cross RWY 03L/21R, and taxi along C for 03L departures. The procedures for 21R are not affected by the construction.

Regular Departure Taxiway Routes


During regular procedures, taxiway A is to be used by widebodies taxing to 03L. Narrow bodies are to make use of either taxiway B or A.

Regular Arrival Taxiway Routes


SID/STARs

I have attached the chart pack for all FAOR procedures below. These charts are outdated and should be used for simulation purposes only.


Conclusion

Thank you for taking the time to look through this, and I hope this can improve your experience flying to and from this amazing airport.

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