THE National airline, Air Namibia announced the re-introduction of flights to Luanda in Angola after a three month temporary suspension.
According to Air Namibia Spokesperson Twakulilwa Kayofa, the Windhoek-Luanda flights will commence operation on Sunday, 27 October 2019. Air Namibia will service this route three times a week on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays using the Airbus A319 which will offer a seat configuration of 16 Business Class and 96 Economy Class seats and two tons of cargo space.
“The operation will transport passengers and cargo promoting intra-Africa trade and supporting the existing Bilateral Air Service Agreements. Over the years, the flights steadily went up to seven flights per week by 2014 and 2015. The Windhoek – Luanda route was Air Namibia’s most profitable route from 1998 – 2015,” he added.
“The situation changed when the Angolan economy weakened and passenger demand for air travel declined. To adapt to these economic changes, Air Namibia reduced the number of flights from 7 to 6 and eventually to 5 per week between 2016 and 2017. By 2018/19 the number of flights was reduced to 4 per week,” Air Namibia Acting General Manager: Commercial, Wimpie van Vuuren said.
After some market analysis, a decision was taken to temporarily suspend operations during the low season (June to September) to reduce losses.
Now, with the holidays approaching and the market looming, Air Namibia restructured the operation to meet the current demand with the resumption of this route, Kayofa said.