Hosea Kutako International Airport

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Hosea Kutako International Airport
Hosea Kutako International Airport.jpg
IATA: WDHICAO: FYWH
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Namibian Civil Government
Location Windhoek, Namibia
Hub for Air Namibia
Namibia flyafrica.com
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
Map
WDH is located in Namibia
WDH
WDH
Location within Namibia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 4,532 14,869 Asphalt
16/34 1,524 5,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Passengers 681,317

Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA: WDHICAO: FYWH) is the main international airport serving the Namibian capital city of Windhoek. Located 45 km (28 mi) east of the city, it is Namibia's primary airport with international connections and named after Namibian hero Hosea Kutako.

History[edit]

During South African administration, the airport used to be named J.G. Strijdom Airport, after the Nationalist Prime Minister of South Africa. It was opened in 1964.

The airport handled 672,582 passengers in 2007. In 2009, it handled around 680,000 passengers, just over 4% down on the previous year when over 710,000 passengers were processed.[1]

Facilities[edit]

The airport underwent a modernising makeover in 2009. It has one terminal with one departure and one arrival hall. The main runway 08/26 is 4,532 m (14,869 ft) long, currently one of the 30 longest in the world.

The Millennium Business Park is being constructed just outside the airport, which will include a filling station, truck stop and bureau de change.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Although Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main international airport of Namibia, the only direct international flights are to Angola, Botswana, Germany, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Few, if any, domestic flights pass through Hosea Kutako Airport as those are predominantly handled at the smaller Windhoek Eros Airport.

Most international passengers to/from Namibia travel via OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. There are around 18 direct scheduled flights daily between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport.[2][3][4][5]

Airlines Destinations
Airlink Cape Town[6]
Air Namibia Cape Town, Frankfurt, Harare, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Luanda, Lüderitz, Lusaka, Maun, Oranjemund, Victoria Falls, Walvis Bay
British Airways
operated by Comair
Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Condor Frankfurt[7]
Seasonal: Munich (begins 25 March 2016)[8]
Namibia flyafrica.com Cape Town,[9] Johannesburg-OR Tambo[10]
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo
South African Express Johannesburg-OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda, Lubango, Catumbela[11]

Several leading international airlines (namely Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways) tried their best in the past to have Windhoek International Airport as one of their international destinations but unfortunately none of them managed to land in Windhoek until now for the reasons best known to Namibian Government, Namibia Airports Company and the respective airlines.[12][13][14] Further, absence of direct flights from middle east and far east makes the travel to Namibia very expensive and extremely inconvenient to local and international travelers and investors because of additional transit visa costs, visa processing time taken by respective embassies and excessive travelling time because of several flight connections required to land in Windhoek.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "Real Time Flight Status at windhoek (WDH Airport)". FlightStats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Air Namibia Time Table" (PDF). Air Namibia. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Emirates Introduces Airbus to Southern Africa". All Africa News. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines and SAA expands codeshare partnership for Windheok". An Africa Business Community – Africa Travel – Tourism. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Airlink begin Cape Town-Windhoek service from October 2014
  7. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/02/04/de-w14update1/
  8. ^ airliners.de (German) retrieved 23 June 2015
  9. ^ "flyafrica.com announces new routes". southafrica.to. 10 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "flyafrica.com expands into Namibia" (PDF). flyafrica.com. 20 October 2014. 
  11. ^ 2014 Route Map, http://www.taag.com/en/route-map.aspx
  12. ^ "Emirates knocks on Namibia’s doors". Diplomacy Namibia. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines flies to Windhoek". The Observer. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Direct Windhoek-Nairobi flights on cards". The Namibian. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "UAE investors want direct flights to Namibia". The Namibian. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport at Wikimedia Commons