Air Namibia to jet out more foreigners

20 May 2020 | Transport

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

The national carrier is in the process of preparing repatriation flights for more foreign nationals stuck in Namibia and seeking a swift return to their home countries.

The first such flight is expected to depart Windhoek this Friday, 22 May, making its first stop in Luanda, Angola, before it makes similar stops in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) before making its final stop in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

The United States embassy informed its citizens wishing to return home to make use of the opportunity and advised them to make additional arrangements for travel back to that country.

“From any of these destinations, passengers would be expected to arrange for their own onward travel via commercial flights,” it said in a circular.

“A second flight will travel from Windhoek to Frankfurt, Germany, on 27 May,” it said.

Similar arrangements

The Dutch embassy was making similar arrangements for its citizens to return home.

“Air Namibia is organising a repatriation flight to Frankfurt and London on 27 May. You are responsible for your onward booking from Frankfurt or London, so it is important to first confirm your seat with Air Namibia before booking your onward destination,” it said.

Consultations still underway

Air Namibia spokesperson Paul Nakawa however threw a spanner in the works, saying that consultations with the ministry of international relations were still in progress.

“We are in talks with the ministry of international relations. We have not received the go-ahead as yet,” he said.

Restricted travel

Following confirmation of the first positive cases of the coronavirus, government moved swiftly to impose a travel ban into and out of the country to curb its spread.

In March and April, German airline Lufthansa repatriated close to 1 200 passengers to Germany from Namibia, due to the global outbreak.

Namibians coming home

According to NBC News, Air Namibia will also fly to several African countries on Friday to repatriate over 100 Namibian citizens stuck in foreign countries.

The airline has 74 bookings confirmed.

The entire operation will be carried out in one day, according to Air Namibia sales manager, Ebson Ngondo.

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