Air Namibia disappoints travellers

30 August 2013 Author  

front air nam 30 augGIVEN the huge number of people who flocked to the north last weekend for weddings, the Ongwediva Trade Fair and the Heroes’ Day celebrations, many were disappointed that Air Namibia did not make more flights available.

The national airline encountered a high demand for flights to and from the north over the past weekend, but stuck to its normal scheduled two flights a day that go to Ondangwa and return to Eros Airport in Windhoek.

This forced customers to either abandon their travel plans entirely, or opt to spend at least seven hours on very congested roads all the way to the Four Os.

Head of Corporate Communications Paulus Nakawa tried to explain why the airline had not provided more flights to cater for the high demand from passengers last week.

“The Air Namibia flight analysis of 2012 same period revealed that the passengers travel is one-directional, Windhoek to Ondangwa but less or no passengers for additional Ondangwa to Windhoek flights.”

“Therefore a decision was taken not to operate additional flights to Ondangwa during the Ongwediva Trade Fair, because there is no supporting business case,” Nakawa said.

Air Namibia further indicated that the national airline is evaluating the possibility of increased capacity during high season on certain routes, for Katima Mulilo. However, it is still in its infant stages of planning.

Since the trade fair is an annual event loyal customers can only hope that next year the airline will be more creative in seeking alternatives to suite their customers’ needs.

Perhaps after having studied the previous year’s flight analysis, Air Namibia could have put together packages similar to chartered flights with fixed dates of return and departure, and in this way ensure the aircraft would not be empty upon return. – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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