11 April 2014 by Kolosa Vuso and Daphney Mngomeni

OR Tambo International Airport deserving of ‘Best Airport in Africa’ title

OR Tambo International Airport is the busiest in Africa, and with people from all over the world travelling in and out every day, it almost has the feel of a buzzing multicultural village.

Arrivals hall at OR Tambo International Airport

Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport being awarded the title of 'Best Airport in Africa' is no surprise to travellers, business owners or those employed at the airport.

The award was presented at the recent Skytrax Airport Awards, which took place in Barcelona in March.

The Khoza siblings love how alive and vibrant the airport is

The awards are based on 12.85-million survey questionnaires that were completed by airline customers of 110 different nationalities between May 2013 and February 2014.

The surveys are 100% independent and evaluate traveller experiences across 39 different airports worldwide.

Siblings Priscilla and Wiseman Khoza, who work at the Sausage Saloon stall at the airport, say the award is well deserved.

'I was telling my brother over the weekend how alive and vibrant OR Tambo is compared to the rest,' says Priscilla.

Compared to the rest of the airports in Africa, it’s definitely the best and busiest.

Keke Matela and Lerato Linda, who work as sales assistants at the Ferrari store at the airport, are proud to be associated with OR Tambo International.

'It’s great that the airport won the award, and the fact that I work at the airport makes me proud,' says Keke.

According to Lerato, the airport won the award for its great infrastructure and the service that it offers.

Herbert Schaal, who has only been to the airport once before, says what he loves most about OR Tambo is that 'it’s well structured'.

Traveller Eddie Luswa: 'The service is wonderful.'

Eddie Luswa and Elton Kax, who are originally from Uganda, travel regularly around Africa and the Middle East, and they both give the award a nod.

'OR Tambo is the gateway to Africa and the world. Most international flights are here so it’s no wonder it’s been named the best airport in Africa. The service is wonderful,' says Eddie.

Elton adds that 'compared to the rest of the airports in Africa, it’s definitely the best and busiest'.

OR Tambo International Airport can handle up to 28-million passengers a year, and is one of the few airports in the world with direct, non-stop flights to six continents.

OR Tambo International Airport is the gateway to Africa. All images South African Tourism

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