Hosea Kutako International Airport
|Hosea Kutako International Airport|
|IATA: WDH – ICAO: FYWH|
|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 serving the Namibian capital city of 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 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 direct international flights to Windhoek means that many people have to fly via Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, resulting in additional transit visa costs, visa processing time taken by respective embassies and longer travel time. There are around 18  direct flights daily between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport. New direct international flights to Hosea Kutako International Airport will make Windhoek a more desirable travel destination.
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 which is located in the city.
The airport underwent a makeover in 2009 in an effort to modernize the facilities. 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.
Though there are few services available near the field, 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
|Air Namibia||Bulawayo (starts April 2017), Cape Town, Durban (starts November 2016), Frankfurt, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Luanda, Lüderitz, Lusaka, Maun(ends 30 October 2016) Oranjemund, Victoria Falls, Walvis Bay|
operated by Comair
|Qatar Airways||Doha (begins 28 September 2016)|
|South African Airways||Johannesburg–OR Tambo|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Luanda|
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