Airports and Services
Namibia has eight airports run by the Namibia Airport Company (NAC) Ltd. The NAC was established through the Namibian Airports Company Act, Act 25 of 1998.
The NAC provides airport infrastructures and amenities, and facilitates airport services for domestic and international airlines, passengers and clients. The NAC ensures safe airport operations in conformity with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.
The main objectives of the company are to ensure the following services: the arrival, surface movement, parking and departure of aircraft, the servicing of aircraft, including the supply of fuel and lubricants; ground handling of aircraft, passengers, baggage and cargo.
The eight airports managed by NAC include;
- Hosea Kutako International Airport,
- Eros Airport
- Walvis Bay Airport
- Lüderitz Airport
- Keetmanshoop Airport
- Ondangwa Airport
- Rundu Airport and
- Katima Mulilo Airport.
The NAC continues to manage and develop its eight airports according sound business principles, giving due consideration to safety and the environment, in the best interests of all its stakeholders.
Visitors to Namibia can access the country via its main airport, the Hosea Kutako International Airport, situated 48 km east of the capital city of Windhoek. The medium-size Eros Airport in the city accommodates smaller aircrafts. Regional flights are also undertaken from the Walvis Bay Airport. Several smaller airports give access to various destinations in the 13 regions. Air Namibia, the national airline, offers domestic, regional and international flights. Several air charter companies offer domestic and regional flights.
See also: Namibia Airports Company Ltd (NAC)
The country has two harbours handling merchandise imports and exports and servicing the fishing industry. The only deep-sea harbour is Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region. The other harbour is Luderitz in the Karas Region.
The Port of Walvis Bay is situated at the west Coast of Africa and provides an easier and much faster transit route between Southern Africa, Europe and the Americas.
The Port of Lüderitz is located to the Southern Coast of Namibia and caters for Southern Namibia as well as providing access to markets in the Northern Cape of South Africa.
See also: Namibian Port Authority (NAMPORT)
Namibia's Electricity Network
NamPower manages Namibia's electricity network. The main sources of power are the thermal, coal-fired Van Eck Power Station outside Windhoek, the hydroelectric plant and the Ruacana Falls in the Kunene Region, and the standby diesel-driven Paratus Power Station at Walvis Bay. Connection to the South African grid allows for the import and export of electricity between the two countries.
NamPower has commissioned the construction of a 900 km, 400kV inter-connector power-line from Kenhardt in South Africa to Auas near Windhoek to meet the growing power demand by mid-winter in the year 2000. Some electricity is imported from the Zambian network to the north. Namibia also supplies power to southern Angola and Botswana.
See also: NamPower
Namibia's Railway Network
The railway network comprises 2 382 km of narrow gauge track with the main line running from the border with South Africa via Keetmanshoop to Windhoek, Okahandja, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein are connected to the northern branch of the railway network.
See also: TransNamib Holdings Ltd
Namibia has one of the most modern postal and telecommunication infrastructures in Africa linked directly to most countries in the world. Telecom Namibia operates a modern telecommunications network with 21 automated telephone exchanges, which connects subscribers directly to 201 countries.
Cellular telephone services (European standard), Internet, telex, facsimile and international data line facilities are widely available in the country.