Hosea Kutako airport recognised at marketing awards

WINDHOEK: The Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) scored the sixth place in the Under Four-Million Passengers’ Award category during the Routes Africa Marketing Awards on Monday evening.

Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania won this category and was the overall winner of the awards.

In second place was the Antananarivo Ivato International Airport in Madagascar; followed by Julius Nyerere International Airport, also in Tanzania; Mozambique’s Maputo International Airport; and Swaziland’s Sikhuphe International Airport, in that order.

A media statement issued by the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) on Tuesday quoted the NAC’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tamer El-Kallawi as saying the company makes efforts to facilitate effective passenger movements, while NAC General Manager for Commercial Services, Toska Sem said the award is testimony that Namibia is becoming a destination of choice for tourists and airlines.

“I am delighted as well to have Air Namibia with us this time at Routes Africa, and if we can also have the Namibia Tourism Board on board, it will be a huge success for our country. We need to make sure our infrastructure is 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,” said Sem.

She added that it was now up to the NAC to remain at the top of the game.

The Hosea Kutako International Airport has seen a 3.4 per cent increase in passengers in the first quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.

The annual 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, who then reviewed the lists and submissions from the nominated airports in order to determine the winners.

The other winners in the Over Four Million Passengers category are Durban’s King Shaka International Airport (winner); Morocco’s Casablanca Mohammed V Airport; Addis Ababa Bole Airport in Ethiopia; and South Africa’s Cape Town International Airport.

The winners in the Destination Marketing Award are the Madagascar Tourism Board (winner); the Ministry of Tourism of Mozambique; the São Tomé and Príncipe Tourism Board; the Tanzania Tourist Board and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.