HOSEA KUTAKO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN TOP SIX AT ROUTES AFRICA MARKETING AWARDS
Namibia’s only International Airport, Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport came in sixth overall in the Under Four Million passengers’ award category during the Routes Africa Marketing Awards on Monday night at the Golf Course of the Elephant Hills Hotel & Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Namibia Flagship airport, the Hosea Kutako International airport came in sixth overall in the category for the best marketing airports in Africa that handles Under Four million Passengers per year.
Kilimanjaro International Airport won the category and was the overall winners of the awards. In this category, Under Four Million Passengers, in second place are Antananarivo Ivato International Airport, followed up Julius Nyerere International Airport, Maputo International Airport, Sikhuphe International Airport and Namibia’s Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Hosea Kutako International Airport custodian, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) is delighted with the recognition.
“For us to be in the top six out of many more eligible countries really goes to show that our efforts to facilitate effective passenger movements is being recognised and this only encourage us to do more for our airports as we continue develop, manage and operate safe and secure airports on sound business principles with due considerations to the interest of our stakeholders”, says Tamer EL-Kallawi, NAC Acting CEO.
NAC General Manager for Commercial Services Toska Sem explains what the placing represent.
“This means that Namibia is becoming a destination of choice for tourists and airlines thanks to our nature and it is really up to us to continue efforts of showcasing our country and what it has to offer. I am delighted as well to have Air Namibia with us this time at Routes Africa and if we can also have the Tourism Board on board, it will be a huge success for our country”, says Sem.
Sem adds that it was now up NAC to remain top of the game. “We need to make sure our infrastructure are in line with all the safety and security standards as well as adhere to quality assurance in order to further tap into the market of tourists and airlines”.
Hosea Kutako International have seen a 3.4% increase of passengers in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to 2013
The annual Routes awards provide the airline community with the chance to have their say as to which airport or tourism authority they think provides the best overall marketing services to them whether this relates to their particular relationship, effective results, provision of data and information or innovative techniques to establish new or maintain and develop existing routes.
The shortlisted finalists were nominated by airlines and a respected panel of judges, made up of senior members of the airline network planning community from the region, then reviewed the lists and submissions from the nominated airports, in order to determine the winners.
The other winners:
Over 4 Million Passengers
Durban King Shaka International Airport- Winner, Casablanca Mohammed V Airport- Highly Commended, Addis Ababa Bole Airport and Cape Town International Airport
Destination Marketing Award
Madagascar Tourism Board- Winner, Ministry of tourism of Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe Tourism Board, Tanzania Tourist Board and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal