Hosea Kutako International Airport

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Hosea Kutako International Airport
Hosea Kutako International Airport (2).jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorNamibia Airports Company Limited
ServesWindhoek, Namibia
Hub forAir Namibia
Elevation AMSL5,640 ft / 1,719 m
Coordinates22°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
WDH is located in Namibia
Location within Namibia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 4,532 14,869 Asphalt
16/34 1,524 5,000 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)

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 the era of South African administration, and was then named J.G. Strijdom Airport, after the Nationalist Prime Minister of South Africa.[2] It was renamed Hosea Kutako International Airport following independence in 1990.[3]

Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main hub for Air Namibia. Until recently, the absence of limited, direct international flights to Windhoek has forced passengers 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.[4] There are around 46[5][6][7][8][9] direct flights weekly between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. Menzies Avation, an international company registered in the UK[10] was awarded the ground handling service operator at Hosea Kutako International Airport in November 2013.[11] Condor Airlines introduced flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek since November 2014.[12] Since 2016, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have started flying to Windhoek. Eurowings, the low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, commenced a bi-weekly service from Cologne/Bonn in July 2017. However, in a bid to streamline its Southern African routes, the airline has decided to cut the Cologne/Bonn to Windhoek operation.[13] As from May 2018, Eurowings commenced a seasonal service from its Munich hub to Windhoek.[14] In July 2017, Airlink has applied for 5th freedom rights to operate flights between Johannesburg and St. Helena with a stopover in Windhoek.[15] As of October 2017, around 315 flights depart and land at HKIA weekly.[16] In August 2017 Air Namibia was granted 5th freedom rights to operate cargo and traffic between Windhoek, Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.[17] Westair Aviation has commenced scheduled flights April 1, 2018 from Windhoek-Eros.[18] In March 2018, Ethiopian Airlines introduced Africa's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Namibia.[19][20] Budget affiliation for Air Asia, Air Asia X, is considering various long haul destinations to commence 2019, including Namibia, on board Airbus A330neo aircraft.[21]

Hosea Kutako International Airport apron, August 2017
Airport entrance for passengers

In December 2017 Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA), Namibia's flagship airport, hosted officials from the Airport Council International (ACI) APEX partners from the Dublin Airport Authority, Airports Company South Africa, Office National Des Aeroports of Morocco, Ghana Airports Company and Airports of Mauritius Company, aiming to establish commitment and ultimately confirm a declaration of ACI APEX Safety Peer-review Programme with the Namibia Airports Company (NAC).[22]

On 10 January 2018 the Namibian Civil Aviation Authority launched the implementation of Africa's first centralised aeronautical database. This technology (Africa-Aeronautical Database or A-CAD), will allow flight planners the option of operating at the press of a button by using various mobile devices and follows the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).[23] Kenya Airways in December 2018 revealed advanced plans to start flights between Nairobi and Windhoek.[24]

The airport handled 1,574,148 passengers in 2016.[1][25]

Although Hosea Kutako International Airport is the main airport for international flights to and from Namibia, few domestic flights originate at Hosea Kutako Airport as those are predominantly handled at the smaller Windhoek Eros Airport, about 4,7 km (2,92 mi) south of Windhoek's central business district.[26]


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.[27] Improvements to the terminal building have been the recently refurbished duty free restaurant, TAX refund facilities and public (short and long term)[28] parking area.[29] In February 2014, Namibia Airports Company acquired 11 Merce Rhino fire vehicles, of which 2 are assigned to Hosea Kutako Airport, (a Category 9 airport).[28] This accruement exceed the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) safety standards.[30] Free WiFi is available at the duty free restaurant.[31][32]

The 214sqm "Amushe"-business lounge was opened in September 2016, comfortably accommodating 55 passengers at a time.[33]

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport has shuttle services into Windhoek.[34]


Merce Rhino Fire Engine, Hosea Kutako International Airport

The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) is in the planning stages of constructing a new airport complete with aerodrome classification of category 4F (of the International Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aerodrome Reference Code in terms of Annex 14 of ICAO). This new development would render the airport to accommodate multiple wide-bodied code F aircraft. This project would require a new runway, including taxiways/ aprons. The NAC envisages a newly constructed terminal building that would include separate VIP check-in/ ancillary facilities. A new traffic control tower and fire station would complete the project.[35] In November 2017, the Namibian Government and the Vice Minister of China, Qian Keming, signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement, which will see China offer around 30 million U.S. dollars for part of the N$900m/78 km dual carriageway between the airport and Windhoek.[36][37]In May 2018 a spokesperson for Namibia Airports Company announced that the arrivals- and check-in hall, the luggage handling area, the security screening point will be temporarily improved. With airport traffic increasing, the need for a new terminal, runway and apron has been prioritized.[38] In August 2018 the Namibian Government began funding proposals by the Chinese Government for the construction of a newly planned airport terminal at the Hosea Kutako International Airport.[39]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Namibia Accraa, Cape Town, Durbanb, Frankfurt, Gaboroneb, Harare[40] Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Lagosa, Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Walvis Bay, Luanda, Lusaka, Victoria Falls[41]
Airlink Cape Town, Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo, Saint Helenac
British Airways (operated by Comair) Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Condor Frankfurt
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Eurowings Seasonal: Munich
KLM Amsterdamd
Qatar Airways Doha
South African Airways Cape Town, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda, Lubango
Westair Aviation Windhoek-Eros
  • ^a Air Namibia have been granted 5th freedom rights and will service traffic between Accra and Lagos.[17]
  • ^b Air Namibia have been granted 5th freedom rights and will service traffic between Gaborone and Durban.[42]
  • ^c Airlink have not yet been granted 5th freedom rights and will service traffic between Johannesburg and Saint Helena[43] Condition depending refuel stop in Windhoek but no passenger exchange.
  • ^d Flights to and from Windhoek have a stopover in Luanda. However, KLM does not carry local traffic rights between Luanda and Windhoek.


Airlink Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo[44]
BidAir Cargo Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha[45]
South African Airways Cargo Cape Town,[46] Johannesburg-OR Tambo[47]

See also[edit]


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