Hosea Kutako International Airport
|Hosea Kutako International Airport|
|Operator||Namibian Civil Government|
|Hub for||Air Namibia|
|Elevation AMSL||5,640 ft / 1,719 m|
Hosea Kutako International Airport (IATA: WDH, ICAO: 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.
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. It was renamed Hosea Kutako International Airport following independence in 1990.
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. 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. There are around 7  direct flights daily between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. Condor Airlines introduced flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek since November 2014. Since 2016, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have started flying to Windhoek.
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.
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.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Namibia||Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay||Domestic|
|Air Namibia||Cape Town, Durban, Frankfurt, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Luanda, Lusaka, Victoria Falls||International|
operated by Comair
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa||International|
operated by SunExpress Deutschland
|Cologne/Bonn (begins 12 July 2017)||International|
|South African Airways||Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Cape Town||International|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Luanda||International|
|Airlink Cargo||Cape Town|
|BidAir Cargo||Johannesburg-OR Tambo|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Doha|
|South African Airways Cargo||Johannesburg-OR Tambo|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Luanda|
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