By Confidente Reporter
AIR Namibia continues to operate as normal, while serving the flying public with pride, the national carrier said in a statement.
“We wish to inform all stakeholders that Air Namibia has valid and legally binding agreements with HOP! – a subsidiary of Air France – for the utilisation of four Embraer Jet aircraft (ERJ 135), utilised to service domestic routes and some regional routes. These lease agreements with HOP! terminate in the first and second quarter of next year,” Air Namibia said in a statement.
The airline was responding to recent media reports pertaining to Air Namibia’s leased aircraft and the subsidy from the Namibian government, which it receives through the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“Air Namibia, without reservation, wishes to state that its rights and obligations arising from the aircraft lease agreements are well-documented in the written lease agreements. Therefore, the national airline expects the operations to continue as normal, without any interruptions. The scheduled flights remain intact and will continue to be operated as before. In the same vein, we would like to assure the market and all stakeholders that it is business as usual,” the airline said.
In terms of the subsidy, Air Namibia is in consultations with the Ministry of Works and Transport, which represents the sole shareholder of the airline – the Namibian government.
“During these difficult times, we remain optimistic that the short to medium-term funding can be resolved, to ensure that the national airline continues to carry out its mandate, which is to provide air transport services, promote tourism and encourage business investment in Namibia,” Air Namibia added.
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