OR Tambo International Airport, Central Terminal Building

  • New Central Terminal Building and upgrade of Arrival Terminal.
  • Upgrades to roads, airside corridor and passenger infrastructure.
  • 5,000m2 retail potential.


The new 100,000m² Central Terminal Building (CTB), commissioned by ACSA, is centrally located within the existing airport precinct at Africa‘s largest airport.

The terminal’s strategic position provides seamless movement between the previously disconnected International and Domestic terminals and easy access between the departure area of the CTB and the International Terminal Building.

The CTB building needed to provide space to accommodate existing facilities from the early stages of construction. Temporary terminals were built and others closed to allow for efficient construction with minimal disruption to existing services.

The R2.3bn facility and associated infrastructure can accommodate 20m passengers each year. It provides an integrated transport network, including a rail commuter rail network system, and accommodates the new A380 aircraft.

Arup provided conceptual designmasterplanning and project management services, ensuring the project was completed on time and within budget. The airport remained operational throughout the work.

The building received a South African Institute of Steel Construction award for engineering and bridge structures.

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  • Terminal building viewed from a distance. Credit Hugo Barnard.Open gallery

    The new 100,000m2 terminal will accomodate around 20m passengers each year.

  • Interior of Central Terminal Building. Credit George Jung.Open gallery

    The terminal is positioned to provide seamless movement between previously disconnected areas of the airport.