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.