Walvis Bay Airport
|Walvis Bay International Airport|
Aerial view of Walfis Bay Airport (2017)
|Owner/Operator||Namibia Airports Co.|
|Serves||Walvis Bay, Namibia|
|Elevation AMSL||299 ft / 91 m|
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).The facility complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards. 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.
Since 2007, the airport has received upgrades to air traffic control equipment, instrument landing systems, and runway lighting, 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.
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. 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.
Walvis Bay International Airport handled more than 98,178 passengers, and logged over 20 000 aircraft movements in 2015.
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.
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. The airport complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.
Airlines and destinations
|Airlink||Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo (both temporary destinations)|
|Air Namibia||Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Ondangwa, Windhoek-Hosea Kutako|
|Mango||Cape Town (temporary destination)|
|South African Express||Cape Town, Johannesburg-OR Tambo (both suspended)|
|Westair Aviation||Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Windhoek-Eros|
South African Express Bombardier CRJ-200 at Walvis Bay Airport, 2014
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- WVB VOR
- WB NDB
- The facility complies with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.
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