SADC Correspondent | Oct 30, 2018 | 0
One-stop flights to 53 European cities
Air Namibia has signed an agreement with German flag carrier Lufthansa that will see the national airline increase its access to European markets to an additional 53 cities plus the standard Frankfurt destination.
Before the deal, which was signed at the end of last year, Air Namibia was flying only to one European city, Frankfurt where it operates six flights per week during low season and seven flights per week during peak season.
In a statement released Wednesday, Air Namibia said the deal with Europe’s largest airline, both in terms of passengers and fleet size, is in line with its strategic objectives of strengthening its route network and increase access to more markets.
Air Namibia is currently actively promoting the greater part of Europe, including countries such as Russia and Turkey as well as the Middle East and the Far East. The airline is also looking at offering connectivity to other key German cities apart from Frankfurt.
Xavier Masule, General Manager for Commercial Services said in order to access these beyond markets optimally, Air Namibia has to forge smart alliances with airlines operating in Europe.
“It is necessary for Air Namibia to partner with appropriate airlines to feed into our flights at Frankfurt. Frankfurt is Lufthansa’s hub and this makes Lufthansa the most appropriate and ideal airline to partner with,” Masule said. He added that Europe is now more accessible and convenient than ever before.
The airline to airline commercial partnership agreement was concluded and implemented between Air Namibia and Lufthansa effective 01 December 2013. The deal enables the two airlines to exchange traffic at Frankfurt offering Air Namibia passengers a convenient ‘one stop’ connection to more than 53 cities in Europe on one ticket issued by the national carrier in Namibia.
Air Namibia said the move is a welcome relief to travellers from Windhoek wishing to visit cities in Europe, other than Frankfurt, and vice versa as all other options for travel between any European destination and Windhoek involves either a minimum of two stops or at least a leg to be served using a train which is long, inconvenient and time consuming.