Hosea Kutako International Airport

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Hosea Kutako International Airport
Hosea Kutako International Airport (2).jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorNamibia Airports Company Limited
ServesWindhoek, Namibia
Hub forAir Namibia
Elevation AMSL5,640 ft / 1,719 m
Coordinates22°29′12″S 017°27′45″E / 22.48667°S 17.46250°E / -22.48667; 17.46250Coordinates: 22°29′12″S 017°27′45″E / 22.48667°S 17.46250°E / -22.48667; 17.46250
WDH is located in Namibia
Location within Namibia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 4,532 14,869 Asphalt
16/34 1,524 5,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
PassengersIncrease 1,557,279
Aerial photograph of Hosea Kutao International Airport

Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA: WDH, ICAO: FYWH) is the main international airport of Namibia, serving the capital city Windhoek. Located well east of the city, 45 km (28 mi), it is Namibia's largest airport with international connections. The name of the airport after its renaming in 1990 is in honor of Namibian national hero Hosea Kutako.


The airport was opened in 1965 during the era of South African administration, and was then named J.G. Strijdom Airport, after the Nationalist Prime Minister of South Africa.[4] It was renamed Hosea Kutako International Airport following independence in 1990.[5]

Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main hub for Air Namibia. Until recently, the absence of limited, direct international flights to Windhoek has forced passengers to fly via Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, or Cape Town International Airport, resulting in additional transit visa costs, visa processing time taken by respective embassies and longer travel time.[6] There are around 46[7][8][9][10][11] direct flights weekly between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. Menzies Aviation, an international company registered in the UK[12] was awarded the ground handling service operator at Hosea Kutako International Airport in November 2013.[13] Condor Airlines introduced flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek since November 2014.[14] Since 2016, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have started flying to Windhoek. Eurowings, the low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, commenced a bi-weekly service from Cologne/Bonn in July 2017. However, in a bid to streamline its long haul operation for the 2019-season, the airline has decided to end both the Cologne/Bonn and Munich routes to Windhoek.[15][16] In recent schedule updates however, Eurowings have decided to introduce flights from Frankfurt, Germany's largest airport, to Windhoek. Commencing in late October 2019, the airbus A330-200 would start operating this route.[17] As of October 2017, around 315 flights depart and land at HKIA weekly.[18] In August 2017 Air Namibia was granted 5th freedom rights to operate cargo and traffic between Windhoek, Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.[19] These destinations were cancelled by the airline in May, 2019.[20] Westair Aviation has commenced scheduled flights April 1, 2018 from Windhoek-Eros.[21] In March 2018, Ethiopian Airlines introduced Africa's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Namibia.[22][23] Due to flight performance and headwinds, Airlink in March 2019 has decided to re-direct its technical fuel-stop in Windhoek to Walvis Bay Airport, a move which would accommodate more passengers on the final leg to Saint Helena Airport.[24] Mack Air, a charter airline from Botswana has filed tri-weeekly operations between Maun and Windhoek commencing on 1 April 2020.[25] If approved, FlySafair, a low cost-carrier of South Africa, is mulling 3 weekly flights between O.R.Tambo airport and Hosea Kutako. Turkish Airlines added Windhoek to its 15th African Cargo network as of December 2020.[26] FlyWestair, a subsidiary of privately owned Westair Aviation introduced scheduled passenger flights between Windhoek and O.R.Tambo International Airport from early November 2020.[27]

Hosea Kutako International Airport apron, August 2017

In December 2017 Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA), Namibia's flagship airport, hosted officials from the Airport Council International (ACI) APEX partners from the Dublin Airport Authority, Airports Company South Africa, Office National Des Aeroports of Morocco, Ghana Airports Company and Airports of Mauritius Company, aiming to establish commitment and ultimately confirm a declaration of ACI APEX Safety Peer-review Programme with the Namibia Airports Company (NAC).[28]

On 10 January 2018 the Namibian Civil Aviation Authority launched the implementation of Africa's first centralised aeronautical database. This technology (Africa-Aeronautical Database or A-CAD), will allow flight planners the option of operating at the press of a button by using various mobile devices and follows the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).[29] Kenya Airways in December 2018 revealed advanced plans to start flights between Nairobi and Windhoek.[30]

The airport handled 1,574,148 passengers in 2016.[1][31]

Although Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main airport for international flights to and from Namibia, few domestic flights originate at Hosea Kutako Airport as those are predominantly handled at the smaller Windhoek Eros Airport, about 4,7 km (2,92 mi) south of Windhoek's central business district.[32] In September 2019 UPS Airlines announced that the company is adding Namibia to its global air-cargo network.[33]

The airport is operated by Namibia Airports Company. Since February 2018, the CEO of the company has been Albertus Aochamub.[34]


Check-in area

Though there are few services available near the field, the Sungate Namibia Business Park is being constructed just outside the airport, which will include car rental facilities, airline catering, a truck stop and bureau de change.[35] Improvements to the terminal building have been the recently refurbished duty free restaurant, TAX refund facilities and public (short and long term)[36] parking area.[37] In February 2014, Namibia Airports Company acquired 11 Merce Rhino fire vehicles, of which 2 are assigned to Hosea Kutako Airport, (a Category 9 airport).[36] This accruement exceed the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) safety standards.[38] Free WiFi is available at the duty free restaurant.[39][40]

The 214sqm "Amushe"-business lounge was opened in September 2016, comfortably accommodating 55 passengers at a time.[41]

Ground transportation[edit]

Windhoek airport with the control tower and a group of school girls, 1997

The airport has shuttle services into Windhoek.[42] Shuttle services Namibia.[43]


Merce Rhino Fire Engine, Hosea Kutako International Airport

The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) is in the planning stages of constructing a new airport complete with aerodrome classification of category 4F (of the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aerodrome Reference Code in terms of Annex 14 of ICAO). This new development would render the airport to accommodate multiple wide-bodied code F aircraft. This project would require a new runway, including taxiways/ aprons. The NAC envisages a newly constructed terminal building that would include separate VIP check-in/ ancillary facilities. A new traffic control tower and fire station would complete the project.[44] In November 2017, the Namibian Government and the Vice Minister of China, Qian Keming, signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement, which will see China offer around 30 million U.S. dollars for part of the N$900m/78 km dual carriageway between the airport and Windhoek.[45][46] In May 2018 a spokesperson for Namibia Airports Company announced that the arrivals- and check-in hall, the luggage handling area, the security screening point will be temporarily improved. With airport traffic increasing, the need for a new terminal, runway and apron has been prioritised.[47] In September 2019 a local building contractor, Nexus Building Contractor, initiated the Congestion Alleviation project. This N$250 million project targets to double the handling capacity to accommodate increased passenger numbers up until 2030. The project also includes the construction of a new arrival hall, expansion or the current departure hall and increasing the security screening points.[48]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlink Cape Town, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo
Air Namibia Cape Town, Durbana, Frankfurt (suspended until 31 January 2021),[49] Gaboronea, Harare, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Lusaka, Victoria Falls, Walvis Bay
British Airways Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt (resumes 3 May 2021)[50]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Eurowings Frankfurt
FlyWestair Cape Town, Johannesburg–O.R.Tambo
KLM Amsterdamb
Mack Air Maun (begins 2 May 2021)[51]
Qatar Airways Doha (suspended)[52]
South African Airways Cape Town, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda, Lubango


Airlink Cargo Johannesburg-O. R. Tambo[54]
BidAir Cargo Johannesburg-O. R. Tambo
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt[55][56]
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[57]
South African Airways Cargo Cape Town,[58] Johannesburg-O. R. Tambo[59]
Turkish Airlines Cargo IstanbulA, Johannesburg-O. R. Tambo[60]

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External links[edit]

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