Hosea Kutako International Airport
|Hosea Kutako International Airport|
|Operator||Namibian Civil Government|
|Hub for||Air Namibia|
|Elevation AMSL||5,640 ft / 1,719 m|
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 comes from Namibian national hero Hosea Kutako.
The airport was opened in 1965 during South African administration, and was then named J.G. Strijdom Airport, after the Nationalist Prime Minister of South Africa. It was renamed Hosea Kutako International Airport following independence in 1990.
Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main hub for Air Namibia. Until recently, the absence of limited, direct international flights to Windhoek have 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. There are around 40  direct flights weekly between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. Condor Airlines introduced flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek since November 2014. Since 2016, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have started flying to Windhoek. As of 24 May 2017, around 300 flights depart and land at HKIA weekly.
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 which is located in the city.
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.
The Government of Namibia allows citizens of specific countries and territories to travel to Namibia for tourism or business purposes for three months with an ordinary passport, and diplomatic and service passports without having to obtain a visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Most visitors arriving to Namibia were from the following countries of nationality:
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 which would include separate VIP check-in/ ancillary facilities. A new traffic control tower and fire station would complete the project.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Namibia||Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay||Domestic|
|Air Namibia||Cape Town, Durban, Frankfurt, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Luanda, Lusaka, Victoria Falls||International|
operated by Comair
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa||International|
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
|Cologne/Bonn (begins 12 July 2017)||International|
|South African Airways||Johannesburg–OR Tambo||International|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Luanda, Catumbela, Lubango||International|
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