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
AIR NAMIBIA OPERATIONS CONTINUE UNHINDERED
This Trade Release aims to respond to recent media articles speculating that Air Namibia’s operations might cease. This statement further aims to restore our passengers’ and all key stakeholders confidence in Air Namibia and its service offering.
- Air Namibia continues to operate as per its mandate, transporting passengers and cargo between domestic destinations, the rest of southern Africa and Europe, via Frankfurt.
- We wish to reassure our clients and all stakeholders that, our flights continue to operate according to our published flight schedule.
- Air Namibia is of strategic importance to the economy, contributing enormously to the tourism sector, the third largest contributor to Namibia’s GDP.
- This is confirmed in national development plans, with reference to the 5th Namibia Development Plan (NDP5), which underlines “Logistics as one of the driving forces.” It is further confirmed in the airline’s mission statement which states, “To provide air transport, to promote tourism and to encourage business investment in Namibia”.
- The Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) which is the sole shareholder of Air Namibia confirmed their continued support, amongst others through the targeted subsidy allocations as announced last week by Hon Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Finance in the National Assembly as follows:
- N$740 million for 2018/19
- N$676 million for 2019/20
- N$698 million for 2020/21
The continued financial assistance provides testimony that the Government of the Republic of Namibia rallies behind its national airline due to its strategic importance to the economy.
- Therefore, some recent media reports suggesting that Air Namibia may collapse are unfounded, untrue and devoid of any truth.
- We thank your for your continued support.
- Thank you for choosing Air Namibia as the preferred airline of choice.
WINDHOEK – LAGOS – ACCRA ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT
Air Namibia is pleased to announce that in line with our strategic plan we will add Lagos and Accra to our route network effective 25 March 2018. This fits in with growing the business and increasing our footprint on the African Continent.
The routing for the two new destinations will be Windhoek-Lagos-Accra, and the return will be Accra-Lagos-Windhoek four times per week using the Airbus A319-100 aircraft. Apart from providing direct connection from Namibia to West Africa, the operation will further transport passengers and cargo on the Lagos-Accra-Lagos route, using the fifth freedom traffic rights granted by the Ghanaian and Nigerian Governments, as contained in the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreements.
Days of operation departing from Windhoek will be Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The operating schedule and flight timings allow smooth and convenient connections inbound and outbound to our regional flights, connecting West Africa via Windhoek to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Vic Falls, Gaborone Walvis Bay and Durban.
“This much needed service will give our passengers a better alternative travel option, and will reduce 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 are already receiving positive feedback on the launch of this new route. The operation fits within our existing capacity in terms of aircraft and crew, thereby improving the utilization rates of these resources while increasing revenue catchment opportunities. Especially as it means we are entering Africa’s largest regional air travel market,” said Advocate Mandi Samson, Air Namibia Acting Managing Director
Xavier Masule, General Manager for Commercial Services at Air Namibia said; “We are grateful to the Namibian, Ghanaian and Nigerian Governments for the commitment to promote easy access and the much needed improved levels of mobility on the continent, which will help promote intra-Africa trade and tourism flows.”