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Johannesburg International Airport is the passenger and freight hub for southern Africa. The airport is surrounded by vibrant and fast-growing industrial areas, with easy access to the rest of the Gauteng economy. The airport, which has just undergone a major R850-million facelift, was voted the best airport in Africa in 2004 for the second consecutive year. The biggest and busiest airport on the continent, it is now capable of handling 22 million passengers annually. The airport's development initiative brought with it spill-over upgrades for adjacent aprons and the road's infrastructure in the vicinity, including upgrades to the road network feeding the airport.

The Johannesburg area has three other, smaller airports that host commercial aircraft:
- Rand Airport in the south east of the city
- Grand Central airport in Midrand, halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria
- Lanseria airport, to the north west of Johannesburg