Hosea Kutako International Airport

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Hosea Kutako International Airport
Hosea Kutako International Airport (2).jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Namibian Civil Government
Location Windhoek, Namibia
Hub for Air Namibia
Elevation AMSL 5,640 ft / 1,719 m
Coordinates 22°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 (2015)
Passengers ca. 800,000

Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA: WDHICAO: 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.[1] It was renamed Hosea Kutako International Airport following independence in 1990.[2]

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.[3] There are around 40 [4][5][6][7] direct flights weekly between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. Condor Airlines introduced flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek since November 2014.[8] 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.[9]

The airport handled 814,810 passengers in 2016[10][11]

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.[citation needed]


HKIA apron and control tower, June 2017
Check-in area
Qatar Airways 788 Dreamliner at HKIA, November 2016

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.[12]

Visa Policy[edit]

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.

Namibia will soon start issuing African passport holders with visas on arrival at ports of entry as a first step towards the eventual abolition of all visa requirements for all Africans.[13][14]

Namibia is expected to become part of the universal KAZA visa.[15]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Namibia were from the following countries of nationality:[16]

Country 2015 2014 2013
 Angola 492,866 519,191 477,828
 South Africa 381,854 329,850 317,563
 Zambia 168,899 167,407 167,044
 Germany 93,939 91,900 84,121
 Zimbabwe 78,205 67,809 62,778
 Botswana 50,908 40,311 36,556
 United Kingdom 27,365 29,016 25,351
 United States 26,339 25,291 21,884
 France 20,598 20,549 16,837
 Portugal 18,679 16,885 15,574
Total 1,519,618 1,477,593 1,372,602


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.[17]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-200 at Hosea Kutako International Airport
Hosea Kutako International Airport Apron
Comair Boeing 737-400 boarding at HKIA, 2013
HKIA Apron, November 2016
Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Namibia Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay Domestic
Air Namibia Cape Town, Durban, Frankfurt, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Luanda, Lusaka, Victoria Falls International
Airlink Cape Town International
British Airways
operated by Comair
Johannesburg–OR Tambo International
Condor Frankfurt International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[18] International
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn (begins 12 July 2017)[19] International
KLMa Amsterdam International
Qatar Airways Doha[20] International
South African Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo International
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda, Catumbela,[21] Lubango[22] International

^a Flights to and from Windhoek have a stopover in Luanda. However, KLM does not carry local traffic rights between Luanda and Windhoek.


Airlines Destinations
Air Namibia Cape Town, Frankfurt, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Luanda[23]
Airlink Cargo Cape Town[24]
BidAir Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo
AF/KLM Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo[25]
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[26]
South African Airways Cargo Cape Town[27] Johannesburg-OR Tambo[28]
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Standard encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Volume 10, NASOU, 1974, page 202
  2. ^ Posters in Action: Visuality in the Making of an African Nation, Giorgio Miescher, Lorena Rizzo, Jeremy Silvester Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2009, page 133
  3. ^ "UAE investors want direct flights to Namibia". The Namibian. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Real Time Flight Status at Windhoek (WDH Airport)". FlightStats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Air Namibia Time Table" (PDF). Air Namibia. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Emirates Introduces Airbus to Southern Africa". All Africa News. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines and SAA expands codeshare partnership for Windhoek". An Africa Business Community – Africa Travel – Tourism. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Condor launches Frankfurt-Windhoek flights". 
  9. ^ "Airport Departures and Arrivals". FlightStats. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  10. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek :: Routesonline". www.routesonline.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Namibia may see traffic boost from remake of cult TV series 'The Prisoner'; non-stop flights to Germany, but no longer UK". anna.aero Airline News & Analysis. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sungate Namibia - Hangula Estates". hangula.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/namibia-set-to-abolish-visas-for-all-africans-20160726
  15. ^ Kaza UniVisa to include Angola, Botswana and Namibia
  16. ^ Tourist Statistical Report 2015
  17. ^ http://www.l2b.co.za/Project/New-Hosea-Kutako-International-Airport-Windhoek-/13832
  18. ^ "News - Fly Ethiopian". www.ethiopianairlines.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  19. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Eurowings schedules additional long-haul routes in July 2017". routesonline.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  20. ^ "QATAR Airways Plans New Routes from August 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  21. ^ http://www.taag.com/en/
  22. ^ http://www.taag.com/en/http://www.taag.com/en/
  23. ^ "Cargo - Air Namibia". airnamibia.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  24. ^ "Home - Airlink Cargo". Airlink Cargo. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  25. ^ GmbH, DVV Media Group. "AF KLM Cargo looks ahead to a more stable year in Africa ǀ Air Cargo News". www.aircargonews.net. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  26. ^ "Air Cargo World - The Source for Airfreight & Logistics". www.aircargoworld.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  27. ^ "Historical Flight Status". FlightStats. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  28. ^ https://www.flysaa.com/cms/ZA/Saa_Cargo_new/flysaa_cargo_INT.html/
  29. ^ "Cargo - TAAG". taag.com. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

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