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Avis Johannesburg International Airport

Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport is the largest airport in South Africa, as well as the largest airport on the whole continent of Africa, with a capacity to handle 28 million passengers per year. By the year 2015, Johannesburg’s airport is expected to be recording up to 24 million passengers per annum. The airport was formerly known as Jan Smuts International Airport, as well as Johannesburg International Airport, but was recently officially re-instated as O.R Tambo International Airport, in honour of the former President of the African National Congress, who fought for South Africa’s freedom from apartheid. Avis Rent a Car offers quality vehicles for hire from this airport, and is a popular choice amongst many renters. Customers are also fond of Avis’ low rental rates.

Avis, at Johannesburg’s airport, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offers priority counter service for their Avis Preferred members. This is a free membership, available for occasional and frequent renters, and comes with many convenient time and money saving benefits. Most Avis rental locations offer their Avis Preferred members preferential counter service, minimal paperwork to complete and will have their vehicles parked in the most convenient places. Certain Avis locations also offer a dedicated cabin in the car park, and will have the keys waiting in the vehicle so that there isn’t even the need to stop at the rental counters. In order to apply for this membership, customers should be at least 23 years of age, and have a major credit card in their name. However, there will be no charges for the membership. A valid drivers license is also required.

The best way to hire your vehicle from Avis is online, from Avis’ website at This is the company’s local website, which displays all the vehicle categories available at rental locations in South Africa, as well as details for their rental procedures and policies. Avis can also be found at An advanced booking is essential in order to ensure your ideal vehicle is ready and waiting for your arrival at O.R Tambo International Airport, and booking online from the comfort of home is most convenient. It is also recommended to hire any additional items of equipment in advance, such as baby seats or a satellite navigation system. While both of these items come with extra charges, they are well worth the additional expense, as they greatly contribute to the success and ease of your journey in South Africa. It may be necessary to specify the age of your child to ensure you receive the correct size of seat, as baby seats are specially designed for infants, while booster seats are better for older children. Additional items for hire are subject to availability.

Anyone 18 years or older can hire a vehicle from Avis at this rental location, and may hire from any of the vehicle categories available, provided they can produce a valid drivers license. An International Driving Permit may be required from foreign renters, especially if their license is not written in English. In terms of insurance policies, Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection are optional, and the renter may use insurance offered by his/her credit card company. However, if additional insurance is required, it is best purchased locally from Avis, as this well enable the driver to reduce, or even remove, any insurance excess. A major credit card will be required from all primary renters in order to pay for the hire period, and Avis accepts the cards of American Express, Access, Amoco, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard, Visa and Avis Charge Cards.

The rental offices of Avis, at O.R Tambo International Airport, can be found in the parkade just opposite of the domestic terminal, and staff at the rental counters will give you directions to where your vehicle is parked. Vehicles from Avis are divided into various rental categories, which include Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Full Size, Hybrid, Premium, Luxury, Specialty/SUV and Specialty/People Carrier. Examples of smaller vehicles available from Avis include the Kia Picanto, Chevrolet Spark and VW Polo Hatch, while slightly larger vehicles include the Toyota Corolla and Honda Jazz. The Honda Jazz and Toyota Corolla Sedan are automatic vehicles, able to seat up to five people. They also come with air conditioning, airbags and power steering.

Full Size vehicles include the Audi A4 Sedan Auto and the Toyota Verso, while the Toyota Prius is a hybrid vehicle which is very light on fuel. Corporate clients may need a more elegant vehicle from the Premium or Luxury categories, which are usually car models manufactured by Mercedes, and groups of friends or colleagues may find the VW T5 Kombi to be ideal. With all these quality vehicles and many more, customers at Avis always find the perfect car for their vacation or business trip in South Africa.

Avis, at O.R Tambo International Airport, will be happy to assist you with any further enquiries.

Address:        Johannesburg International Airport
                      P.O Box 221

Telephone Number:    (27) 113945433

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