The Hosea Kutako International Airport begun operations on Friday last week with the first international arrival to Windhoek being the Ethiopian Airlines, which was carrying 43 passengers and 11 crew members.
Speaking at the welcoming arrival, Namibia Airports Company, Chairperson, Dr. Leake Hangala said the arrival of the Ethiopian flight after a 6-month stoppage is a manifestation of the government's commitment to revive the economic opportunities.
"It is also a concrete indication that airports are engines of economic growth, wealth and employment creation," he added.
Hangala said with the gradual opening of Namibia's borders, other airlines such as Air Namibia, the national carrier, Lufthansa, Qatar have already expressed their readiness to resume with flight operations at our flagship airport.
"This will positively increase passenger movements which will contribute meaningfully to the economic activities at the airport and the tourism industry in line with the objectives of the tourism revival initiative," he said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Area Manager for Ethiopian Airways, Tsige Gebresilassie, said Windhoek is among the 62 destinations in Africa Ethiopian has been serving.
"We are very much grateful to the government of Namibia for giving us the permission to reinstate the passenger services and we prefer to keep our scheduled flights intact and hope the government will continue its support to create conducive environment.
Since launching its first flight to Windhoek in 2016, Ethiopian Airways has been providing four weekly passenger services connecting Namibia to various countries in Africa and the rest of the world.