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5 April 2011

O.R. Tambo International Airport named best in Africa

O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) has been voted the best airport in Africa at the recent Skytrax World Airport Awards 2011 held in Denmark.

Aerial view O.R. Tambo International Airport Aerial view O.R. Tambo International Airport

This is a proud moment for the entire airport community and we would like to sincerely thank our passengers for this honour. But more importantly, I would like to pay homage to the men and women who work tirelessly behind the scenes at all Airports Company South Africa airports. - Christopher Hlekane, General Manager of O.R. Tambo International Airport

The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) recently announced that O.R. Tambo International Airport has been named as the best airport to Africa in the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards 2011 held in Copenhagen on 30 March 2011.

The World Airport Survey was established in 1999 and the results are based on unsolicited, unbiased customer responses. The 2010/2011 results came from 11.38 million survey questionnaires completed by people of over 100 different nationalities in more than 240 airports across the globe. The survey evaluated the entire passenger experience from check-in to arrivals - as well as facilities, service and ease of experience. O.R. Tambo International Airport was also among the top 3 Most Improved Airports in the World, along with Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport and Bangalore International Airport.

Christopher Hlekane, General Manager of O.R. Tambo International Airport said of the accolade: ‘This is a proud moment for the entire airport community and we would like to sincerely thank our passengers for this honour. But more importantly, I would like to pay homage to the men and women who work tirelessly behind the scenes at all Airports Company South Africa airports.'

He said that the award was an important milestone for the airport and the country and is part of a significant 2010 FIFA World Cup™ legacy: ‘The tournament showcased that O.R. Tambo International is not merely South Africa’s flagship airport but also the gateway for any major African event.’ Hlekane went on to say that the award recognises that O.R. Tambo and the key airports in the ACSA network can compete with the best airport facilities in the world.

South Africa’s other key airports also did well at the Best Airports 2011 awards with Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport (Durban) taking 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively.