Desert to Atlantic: The Airports of Namibia

Airports & Airlines
Ahmed El Dahan
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November 30, 2021

Found in Southern Africa, Namibia is a coastal country sharing borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the southeast. It features a complex airport network that counts 33 facilities of which five provide scheduled commercial flights. The airports are managed by the Namibia Airports Company.

Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport

Serving as the main international airport of Namibia, Hosea Kutako International Airport is situated 45km east of the capital city of Windhoek. It is also Namibia's largest airport. The airport features two asphalt runways measuring 4,532m and 1,524m respectively.

From its inauguration in 1965 until the Namibian independence in 1990, the facility was known as J.G. Strijdom Airport. Later this was changed in honor of Namibian national hero Hosea Kutako.

Many airlines serve this airport including Airlink, Ethiopia, Condor and Lufthansa.

Eros Airport

Also found near Windhoek, Eros Airport is in the Khomas Region, 5km from the capital's central business district. It features two runways with the longer measuring 2,229m and the second 1,005m. 

The airport offers domestic coverage by FlyWestair to Ondangwa and Rundu. Furthermore several charters are based in Eros Airport. It also receives cargo traffic from such transporters as Bay Air Aviation. 

Walvis Bay Airport

Serving the town of Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region, Walvis Bay Airport lies approximately 15km east of the town center. With a single 3,500m asphalt runway, the airport provides scheduled flights to Cape Town by Airlink. 

Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport

Rundu Airport

Rundu Airport is located 6km southwest from the capital of the Kavango Region - Rundu. It features a single 3,055m asphalt runway and offers scheduled flights to Eros airport by FlyWestair. 

Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport

Like Rundu Airport, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo Airport also serves Eros Airport by FlyWestair. formerly known as Ondangwa Airport, it serves the city of Ondangwa, in the Oshana Region of Namibia. It features a single 2,987m asphalt runway.

Endless Possibilities

Given that Namibia is a sought-after tourist destination, it is underachieving in its airport performance as Windhoek Hosea Kutako International is the country's main air portal handling the majority of air traffic. Namibia could see improved economic performance if it augments its airport facilities to attract more airlines to its runways.

Ahmed El Dahan
Aviation Journalist
A seasoned writer, Ahmed El Dahan was trained in Journalism and Mass Communication in the American University in Cairo. He then moved on to refine his writing skills working in various publications covering such topics as tourism, art exhibitions, music along with being a food critic. Relocating to Paris in 2015, he has an ever growing curiosity for the aviation industry. Away from the page, Dahan is an active professional saxophonist.

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