Hosea Kutako International Airport

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Hosea Kutako International Airport
Hosea Kutako International Airport.jpg
Summary
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
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 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.

History[edit]

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]

Several international airlines tried in the past to have Windhoek International Airport as a destination but few of them have managed to establish service in Windhoek until recently.[3][4][5] The absence of limited direct international flights to Windhoek means that many people have 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.[6] There are around 7 [7][8][9][10] direct flights daily between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. Condor Airlines introduced flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek since November 2014.[11] Since 2016, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have started flying to Windhoek.

The airport handled 814,810 passengers in 2016[12][13]

Although Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main airport for international flights to and from Namibia, fewdomestic 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]

Facilities[edit]

Apron and control tower
Check-in area

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.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

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[15] International
Eurowings
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
Cologne/Bonn (begins 12 July 2017)[16] International
KLMa Amsterdam International
Qatar Airways Doha[17][18] International
South African Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Cape Town International
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda International
Notes

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

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airlink Cargo Cape Town[19]
BidAir Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[20]
South African Airways Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo[21]
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda[22]

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ "Emirates knocks on Namibia's doors". Diplomacy Namibia. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines flies to Windhoek". The Observer. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Direct Windhoek-Nairobi flights on cards". The Namibian. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "UAE investors want direct flights to Namibia". The Namibian. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Real Time Flight Status at windhoek (WDH Airport)". FlightStats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Air Namibia Time Table" (PDF). Air Namibia. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Emirates Introduces Airbus to Southern Africa". All Africa News. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines and SAA expands codeshare partnership for Windhoek". An Africa Business Community – Africa Travel – Tourism. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Condor launches Frankfurt-Windhoek flights". 
  12. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/airports/7822/hosea-kutako-international-airport-windhoek/about/
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ http://hangula.com/property/sungate-namibia/
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/270452/eurowings-schedules-additional-long-haul-routes-in-july-2017/
  17. ^ "QATAR Airways Plans New Routes from August 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Qatar confirms Doha-Auckland launch, Business Traveller, 9 March 2016
  19. ^ http://www.airlinkcargo.co.za/
  20. ^ http://www.aircargoworld.com/
  21. ^ https://www.flysaa.com/cms/ZA/Saa_Cargo_new/flysaa_cargo_INT.html/
  22. ^ http://www.taag.com/en/TAAG/Cargo/

External links[edit]

Media related to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport at Wikimedia Commons