Johannesburg Oliver R Tambo International Airport
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- Johannesburg Lanseria Airport
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4418m x 61m
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air Austral
Cargolux Airlines International
Comair (South Africa)
Delta Air Lines
Fly Blue Crane
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
LAM – Mozambique Airlines
South African Airways
Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
- Aegean Airlines
Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Hahn Air Systems
Owned and operated by the Airports Company South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport is the principle international and domestic gateway to the city of Johannesburg. OR Tambo International is the busiest airport in South Africa and ranks among the busiest airports in Africa. Hosting domestic, regional and international services for over 35 airlines, the airport is the main hub for South African Airways.
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Johannesburg Oliver R Tambo Airport April pax exceeds 1.7m for the first time since 2008 in Apr-2016
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African LCC group fastjet is expanding in the South African market in 2016, starting with the early Feb-2016 launch of flights to Johannesburg from Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Johannesburg will be the first international destination for fastjet Zimbabwe, which is assessing several international routes for 2016 as it expands its A319 fleet.
fastjet is also aiming to launch an affiliate in Zambia in 2016 with services to Johannesburg from up to three Zambian cities. fastjet has been serving South Africa since Oct-2013 but currently only has one route: a daily flight on a Johannesburg-Dar es Salaam-Zanzibar routing.
This is the second of two analysis reports on fastjet. This first instalment focused on the Kenyan market, where fastjet has recently launched services and is keen to expand further. This instalment will focus on Zimbabwe, South Africa and the overall outlook for the group.
Brazil’s TAM is aiming to launch services in 2016 to Johannesburg, making it only the sixth airline with long haul or transoceanic flights solely within the Southern Hemisphere. TAM will compete with current codeshare partner South African Airways (SAA) on the Sao Paulo-Johannesburg route.
The new TAM service will be the first oneworld link between South America and Africa, plugging a hole in the alliance’s round the world offering. Qantas now links Australia with South Africa and South America while TAM sister carrier LAN also operates over the South Pacific.
Star will also be able to offer a round the world product completely in the Southern Hemisphere from Dec-2015, when Air New Zealand launches services to South America. Star member SAA is now the only carrier linking South Africa to South America, also serving Australia.
The South African Airways (SAA) Group is planning to pursue further growth in the domestic and regional international markets as competition intensifies. SAA mainline aims to grow regional international revenues by 30% in the current fiscal year while its predominately domestic budget subsidiary Mango plans to grow capacity by about 20%.
The group at least for now plans to continue relying on its full service brand in the short-haul international market despite growing competition from LCCs. African LCC groups flyafrica.com and fastjet now compete against SAA on some of its most lucrative routes and are aiming to launch several more routes to South Africa.
Competition has intensified even more significantly in South Africa’s domestic market as new LCCs FlySafair and Skywise have launched, breaking the duopoly of SAA and rival airline group Comair. Mango is responding by adding two more 737-800s, which will be used primarily to add domestic capacity.
Alongside the launch last week of non-stop service to Beijing, South African Airways (SAA) has been working on improving its connections in Africa, and has recently launched service to three Central African destinations: Pointe Noire in the Republic of the Congo, Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura in Burundi. This follows expansion last year into Ndola, Zambia.
British Airways franchisee Comair reported a strong net profit for the year ended 30-Jun-2011, however external factors are expected to create a challenging environment ahead. The South African carrier reported a slightly smaller operating profit for the year and the second lowest operating profit in the past six years. FY2010 saw a strong operating profit due to the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup, which gave most South African carriers a temporary boost. The effects of this period however have been cut short by the rising cost of fuel, increase in ACSA tariffs and general economic conditions. FY2012 is expected to be a challenging period for Comair and it has suspended any significant growth plans in anticipation of this. Comair is still implementing its fleet renewal programme, which will see it and its wholly-owned low cost subsidiary Kulula operate a fleet of next generation B737s.
The development of Lanseria Airport - a secondary airport servicing Johannesburg - as a regional hub is progressing for both Comair brands, but particularly for Kulula. While the carrier is readying itself for tough operating conditions ahead, its new hub is set to benefit from high investment, construction projects and increased capacity.
South Africa has become a competitive domestic air market, which is taking its toll on the LCC segment in particular. The country’s largest and only long-haul carrier, South African Airways, increased its profit as its restructuring continues. But it joined rivals Comair, whose profit decreased, and loss-making carrier 1time in a cautious outlook owing to increased airport charges as well as the global threat of high fuel. Despite the turbulent times, newcomer Santaco Airlines hopes to launch this year and avoid airports with high fees.