OR Tambo Airport’s FBO terminal welcomes first international flight

21 February 2018 (Last Updated February 21st, 2018 10:47)

Fireblade Aviation has announced that the company's fixed-base operations (FBO) terminal at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa has welcomed its first international flight.

Fireblade Aviation has announced that the company’s fixed-base operations (FBO) terminal at OR Tambo International Airport in South Africa has welcomed its first international flight.

The FBO has been developed as a private air terminal in order to meet the requirements of VIP and VVIP travellers.

Fireblade Aviation CEO Jonathan Oppenheimer told media sources: “We are excited to service international movements, which will complement our current domestic aircraft movements and enable Fireblade Aviation to fulfil its intended potential.”

"We are excited to service international movements, which will complement our current domestic aircraft movements and enable Fireblade Aviation to fulfil its intended potential."

An assortment of officers from the Department of Home Affairs, South African Revenue Services and the South African Police Service cleared the arriving international flight, as well as the passengers on-board.

Furthermore, the country’s airport operator, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), noted that its main terminal at OR Tambo is set to be freed up in order to provide additional capacity.

Runway crossings will also be reduced to improve arrival and departure times, as well as enhance overall safety.

The Fireblade terminal is situated on a corner of the Denel site at OR Tambo International Airport, on the opposite side of the runways from the main passenger terminals.

Fireblade Aviation recently opened the new FBO terminal after more than two years, following approval from South Africa’s Minister of Home Affairs to operate an international customs and immigration service at OR Tambo International Airport.

The company is based at Johannesburg International Airport and operates as a fixed-base operator and aircraft charter firm.