By Confidente Reporter
AIR Namibia has announced that in line its strategic plan, it will add Lagos and Accra to its route network, effective from 25 March 2018.
This fits in with growing its business and increasing its footprint on the African continent, Air Namibia said.
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 an Airbus A319-100 aircraft.
Apart from providing a 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. The 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 Air Namibia’s regional flights, connecting West Africa via Windhoek to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Vic Falls, Gaborone Walvis Bay and Durban, the airline said.
“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 percent. 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 utilisation 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, who is Air Namibia Acting Managing Director. Air Namibia General Manager for Commercial Services, Xavier Masule, said, “We are grateful to the Namibian, Ghanaian and Nigerian governments for their 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.” Air Namibia previously operated the flight connecting Windhoek and Accra, and the service was suspended in 2013.
What is different this time around is that it is combining Accra with Lagos, and it also has traffic rights for passengers and cargo to travel between Lagos and Accra, which makes it a totally different and much bigger operation than before.
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