The general buzz of activity that makes the festive season what it is can be very overwhelming when it comes to navigating ports of exit and entry.

Africa’s largest airport, O.R Tambo International Airport, anticipates that more than 3.6-million passengers will fly in and out during December and January alone. The Friday before Christmas and the first Friday in January are expected to have even high passenger volumes.

In a bid to help ease some of the peak travel pressure you will most likely experience on your journey we take a look at some tips to help make your passage through O. R. Tambo International much easier.

Getting Your Journey Off to The Best Start

Travellers should take some simple but important steps to ensure that their trip gets off to the best possible start:

  • Get to the airport and check in early. High numbers of passengers mean there will be queues at peak times of the day.
  • If it’s been a while since you were at the airport, remember that counters and other facilities may have moved. Give yourself time to make sure you can check in and relax.
  • Follow your airlines rules about not putting any valuables such as electronics, jewellery and expensive perfume in your checked-in bags.
  • Consider using plastic wrapping or purchasing a baggage sleeve for your bags.
  • Remember that certain items are prohibited in both checked and carry-on bags:

Security prohibited Items

Finding Your Way Around

The airport now has digital wayfinding and information devices at strategic points in the terminal buildings.

Look for the InfoGate sign on the large touch-screen devices which provide comprehensive information about airport facilities as well as flight information.

Good To Know

For those who are going away for more than seven days, the airport is running a special offer of R500 for seven to 14 days, with parking free for stays of 15 days or longer, excluding the Piazza pick-up and Premium parking areas.

The airport suggests that passengers select parking accordingly, so long term versus short term duration.

Remember wherever you are headed let SAA get you there. SAA offers flights to the largest route network within Africa with flights to over 25 African destinations direct from its Johannesburg based hub, O. R. Tambo International Airport.