Air Namibia increases Frankfurt flights
Air Namibia has announced an increase in the number of flights on its lucrative frankfurt route beginning 26 June.
The new flight changes come barely two months after Air Namibia announced in January that it will be reducing its Windhoek-Frankfurt flights from seven to four, between January 27 and June 24 after facing various challenges in its operations.
As a result of the changes, flight frequency on the Frankfurt route will increase to seven up from the current four per week until 01 December when the number of flights will be reduced to six. The increase comes after the airline managed to extend the current lease agreements for the two Airbus A340-300 aeroplanes used to service the Windhoek–Frankfurt route.
Spokesperson, Paulus Nakawa said Air Namibia has also settled its outstanding debt with fuel supplier, Engen bringing to an end the practice of re-fueling in Luanda which was loathed by passengers. Nakawa said since last week, the aircraft to Frankfurt had reverted back to its normal departing time of 21:45hrs as it was now re-fueling at the Hosea Kutako International Airport. Before the latest developments, the aircraft to Frankfurt had changed its departure time to 20:00hrs to be on time for its landing slot at the Frankfurt International Airport.
Nakawa said the importance of the Windhoek- Frankfurt route goes beyond Air Namibia as it [route] contributes significantly towards the development and sustainability of tourist arrivals into the country.
The airline is now looking to the future with great enthusiasm after weathering the storm of a crippling pilot strike last November, and a shortage of aeroplanes after the two Airbus A340-300 aeroplanes went for unscheduled maintenance checks. Government has also announced that it will recapitalise the operations of the airline, and two new Airbus A330-200 aeroplanes are expected to enter Air Namibia’s fleet later this year. “We are confident that the developments will bring about the required stability, and restore our service to levels to meet all our key stakeholders’ and industry partners’ expectations,” Nakawa said.