Lagos, Accra on Air Nam radar

Air Namibia will start flying to Accra and Lagos on 25 March 2018, the airline has announced.

23 August 2017 | Local News

Air Namibia this week announced that it will add Lagos and Accra to its route network effective 25 March next year.

This was according to its spokesperson Paul Nakawa who said the legs to West Africa are geared towards growing its business on the continent.

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 the 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.

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 our regional flights, connecting West Africa via Windhoek to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Luanda, Harare, Lusaka, Vic Falls, Gaborone, Walvis Bay and Durban.

“This much-needed service will give our passengers a better and alternative travel option, and will reduce travel times between Namibia and West Africa by more than 60%. 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 Mandi Samson, Air Namibia acting MD.

Xavier Masule, Air Namibia's general manager for commercial services thanked the governments of Nigeria and Ghana for ease of access into the new markets now open to the flag carrier.

“We are grateful to the Namibian, Ghanaian and Nigerian governments for the 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 flow,” he said.

Air Namibia previously operated a flight connecting Windhoek and Accra, the service was however suspended in 2013. The airline said the rationale to re-open the flight was because it had noted an uptick in passenger and cargo traffic between the two destinations.

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