Ondangwa Airport renaming on the cards

05 August 2019 | Transport

Following cabinet approval, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) is in the process of renaming Ondangwa Airport after the late political stalwart Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo.

In a letter to works and transport minister John Mutorwa, the executive director in the president's private office, Moses Pakote, informs that the renaming ceremony will be held on 22 August, with Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba officiating.

This was confirmed by NCA spokesperson Dan Kamati.

The idea to rename the airport was suggested by many after Ya Toivo's death in 2017.

Ondangwa Airport is the only national airport that links the central northern regions of Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati and Kunene. It also provides links to southern Angola and serves as a refuelling stop for flights to central Africa and beyond.

According to the NCA, the airport handles 2 477 aircraft movements and exactly 41 429 passengers a year.

Proposals to rename the airport after Ya Toivo were made in local newspapers by members of the public last year.

Ya Toivo was a prominent Namibian anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner and one of the co-founders of Swapo in 1960, as well as its predecessor, the Ovamboland People's Organisation.

He served in several ministerial positions after independence. He died on 9 June 2017 at the age of 92.

ILENI NANDJATO

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