Walvis Bay Airport

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Walvis Bay International Airport
Flughafen Walfish Bay Luftaufnahme.jpg
Aerial view of Walfis Bay Airport (2017)
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Namibia Airports Co.[1]
Serves Walvis Bay, Namibia
Elevation AMSL 299 ft / 91 m
Coordinates 22°58′47″S 14°38′43″E / 22.97972°S 14.64528°E / -22.97972; 14.64528
Website airports.com.na
Walvis Bay International Airport is located in Namibia
Walvis Bay International Airport
Walvis Bay International Airport
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 74,356
Aircraft movements 17,620
Sources: Namibia Airports Co.,[2] DAFIF

Walvis Bay Airport (IATA: WVB, ICAO: FYWB) is an airport serving Walvis Bay,[3][4] a town in the Erongo Region of Namibia. The airport is about 15 km (9 mi) east of the town.[3][5]


The airport was home to AFB Rooikop, a South African Air Force station (and later as a base) that closed in 1994. It was home to several SAAF squadrons:

In April 2018, Westair Aviation files scheduled services to six new destinations in Namibia and South Africa.[6]


The airport resides at an elevation of 299 feet (91 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,500 by 30 metres (11,483 ft × 98 ft).[3][4][7]The facility complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.[8] Also included with the rehabilition of the airport was the construction of a polymer perimeter fence which protects the facility from coastal weather conditions. This addition was the first of its kind for the country.[9]

Since 2007, the airport has received upgrades to air traffic control equipment, instrument landing systems, and runway lighting,[10] as well as a runway extension at both ends. The Walvis Bay VOR-DME (Ident: WBV) and non-directional beacon (Ident: WB) are located on the field.[11][12]

The Walvis Bay Airport hub, which is set to become the country's second international airport, is well aligned to establish itself a leader in cargo handling for coastal, marine, perishables and mining activities.[13] The airport provides air freight services, bonded warehouses, cold storage warehouse space storage depots, freight handling facilities and any service-related industries normally associated with airports.[14]

Walvis Bay International Airport handled more than 98,178 passengers, and logged over 20 000 aircraft movements in 2015.[15]

In November 2017 Air Namibia commenced direct flights to Ondangwa Airport[16]

Runway redevelopment[edit]

The new airport features a 3C category runway, and despite shortening the runway, (1,675m / width of 30m), it is still able to accommodate larger equipment such as Boeing 737-200. The newly installed avionics (lighting) and landing system allows aircraft movements during poor weather conditions. This feature has placed Walvis Bay Airport at the edge of airport-technology in Southern Africa, especially where coastal, overcast conditions prevail.[17]


Namibia Airports Company (NAC) upgraded the newly developed, state-of-the-art facility, which has the capacity to handle 200 passengers an hour and one million passengers a year. The new terminal, which has been inaugurated in July 2016, meets international standards in terms of operational safety/security and functional efficiency, as well as cargo processing.[18] The airport complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.[19]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlink Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo (both temporary destinations)[20]
Air Namibia Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Ondangwa, Windhoek-Hosea Kutako
Mango Cape Town (temporary destination)[21]
South African Express Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo (both suspended)[22]
Westair Aviation Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Windhoek-Eros


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Namibia Airports Company: Airport Information Archived 24 January 2013 at WebCite
  2. ^ "Walvis Bay Airport". Namibia Airports Company, Ltd. Archived from the original on 19 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Walvis Bay Airport". Namibia Airports Company, Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Airport information for FYWB from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  5. ^ "Distance from Walvis Bay to airport". WikiMapia. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  6. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/277454/westair-aviation-outlines-preliminary-scheduled-service-from-april-2018/
  7. ^ "Walvis Bay Namibia [Archive] - PPRuNe Forums". pprune.org. 
  8. ^ http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/walvis-bay-international-airport-walvis-bay/
  9. ^ https://www.airport-technology.com/projects/walvis-bay-international-airport-walvis-bay/
  10. ^ http://www.telectrosolutions.com/es/projects-references.html[dead link]
  11. ^ WVB VOR
  12. ^ WB NDB
  13. ^ http://www.airports.com.na/airports/walvis-bay-international-airport/14/
  14. ^ http://www.wvbairporthub.com/
  15. ^ http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/walvis-bay-international-airport-walvis-bay/
  16. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/275916/air-namibia-launches-ondangwa-walvis-bay-service-from-nov-2017/
  17. ^ http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/walvis-bay-international-airport-walvis-bay/
  18. ^ http://www.airport-technology.com/projects/walvis-bay-international-airport-walvis-bay/
  19. ^ The facility complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.
  20. ^ https://book.flysaa.com/plnext/flysaaDX/Override.action#/FPOW
  21. ^ https://book.flysaa.com/plnext/flysaaDX/Override.action#/FPOW
  22. ^ https://www.moneyweb.co.za/news/companies-and-deals/sacaa-suspends-flights-of-sa-express-over-safety/

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