Date: 06 June 2018
To: All members of the media
For Immediate Release
AIR NAMIBIA COMMENCES FLIGHTS TO WEST AFRICA ON 29 JUNE 2018
It’s all systems to go, as Air Namibia gears up to launch the Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route, commencing on 29 June 2018. This new route will provide a direct connection between Namibia and West African countries. This convenient new service operates four times a week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday from Windhoek) providing a smooth and convenient connectionsinbound and outbound to the airline’s regional flights, connecting West Africa via Windhoek toand from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Vic Falls, Gaborone Walvis Bay, Durban and beyond.
The routing will be Windhoek-Lagos-Accra, and the return will be Accra- Lagos-Windhoek. The operation will further transport passengers and cargo on the Lagos-Accra-Lagos leg, utilising the fifth freedom traffic rights granted by the Ghanaian and Nigerian Governments, as contained in the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreements.
Air Namibia anticipates closing a gap in the market by competitively connecting Southern Africa to West Africa within less than 6 hours. “This much needed service gives our passengers abetter alternative travel option, reducing travel times between Namibia and West Africa by more than 60%. We are happy to introduce our Award Winning Service in this market and we arealready receiving positive feedback on the launch of this new route,” said Mandi Samson, AirNamibia’s Acting Managing Director. She continued: “The operation fits within our existing capacity in terms of aircraft and crew, improving the utilization rates of these resources whileincreasing revenue generating opportunities. Especially as it means we are entering Africa’s largest regional air travel market.”
Air Namibia recently appointed APG Network as sales representatives in both Nigeria and Ghana to provide full sales and marketing services, as well as call centre and customer careservices on behalf of Air Namibia in the two countries. Juanita Klassen, Air Namibia’s Managerfor GSA and Offline Markets at the time said: “We are happy for having established thisrelationship with the APG Network, as we can use their extensive experience in the field of aviation as a key global player in the airline distribution environment, offering outsourced services such as passenger sales and marketing, reservations, Air Namibia can benefit and ispositioned to make its West Africa operations a success.”
The move by Air Namibia to breathe new life into these two new routes is welcomed by both the Ghanaian and Nigeria communities. Former High Commissioner of Ghana to Namibia and Botswana, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah had the following to say: “Namibia is a great
meat-eating nation. I know Ghanaians also love meat and with Air Namibia now coming back,
they can hop over and visit Namibia! Namibian beef is exported to Europe and other parts of the world. But that is not to say sea food is scant. With such an extensive access to the sea, fishand other edible creatures of the salty waters are in plentiful supply.” The full editorial can be found here http://www.classfmonline.com/1.12222097#welcome
Air Namibia will service this new route with the Airbus A319, offering a seat configuration of 16 Business Class and 96 Economy Class seats and offer two tons of cargo space.
Air Namibia brings to West Africa, its Award Winning Service, which is recognized by many andhaving won the “Feather Awards” as the best Regional Airline of Southern Africa more than 10 times over the past 15 years. The airline also scooped second place as Africa’s best regionalairline in 2016 and 2017 by Skytrax Airline Awards.
The airline operates a fleet carefully selected to meet performance dependability and comfort. All its 10 aircraft (2 x Airbus A330-200, 4 x Airbus A319-100, 4 x Embraer ERJ 135) provide immense comfort offered by the generous legroom and modern interiors. Further information is available at www.airnamibia.com
ISSUED BY THE CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Contact Person: Twaku Kayofa
Corporate Communications Officer: External Relations & PR Tel: +264 61 2996270
Fax: +264 61 2996195