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Aviation pioneers at Rand Airport in the early years after
World War Two helped to lay the foundation under extreme
odds to what is a thriving industry today.

It was a bit of a free for all, until the Transport Commission brought some kind of order.

On December 21, 1931 the first flight of Imperial Airways arrived from London at Rand Airport and the airport was officially opened by the then Govenor General, the Earl of Clarendon.

Germiston City Council, the Rand Gold Refinery and Elandsfontein Estates originally owned the airport.

The increasing importance of Johannesburg as the centre of the route network let to South African Airways headquarters and maintenance base being transferred from Durban to Rand Airport on July 1, 1935.

After the war Rand Airport was a hive of activity with many new private operators filling the vacuum and at the same time exploiting the large pool of ex service pilots.

In October 2000 the airport was privatised.
The operators at Rand Airport formed a consortium and
held 50% stake. An empowerment group Mayondi 30% and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council 20%

Rand's role has changed over time but continues to play an important part in aviation in spite of not gaining international status.