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
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 (2015)
Passengers 98,178
Sources: Namibia Airports Co.[2] DAFIF[3][4]
The old Walvis Bay Airport 2008

Walvis Bay Airport (IATA: WVBICAO: FYWB) is an airport serving Walvis Bay,[2][3] a town in the Erongo Region of Namibia. The airport is about 15 km (9 mi) east of the town.[2][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:


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).[2][3][6]The facility complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.[7]

Since 2007, the airport has received upgrades to air traffic control equipment, instrument landing systems, and runway lighting,[8] 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.[9][10]

Walvis Bay International Airport handled more than 98,178 passengers, and logged over 20 000 aircraft movements in 2015.[11]

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.[12]


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.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

South African Express Embraer ERJ-135 at Walvis Bay Airport, 2014
Airlines Destinations
Air Namibia Cape Town[14] Johannesburg-OR Tambo[14] Windhoek-Hosea Kutako
South African Express Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo

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