Air Namibia Suspends International Flights After Presidential Concerns

Air Namibia Suspends International Flights After Presidential Concerns

Air Namibia the national carrier for Namibia announced suspension of international repatriation flights with immediate effect.  The Southern African airline has been performing a number of repatriation flights during the coronavirus crisis. Prior to the suspension a number of repatriation flights where scheduled by the airline including to neighbouring South Africa.

The suspension comes after President Hage Geingob announced that he wants to liquidate the airline. During his State of the Nation address on 4 June President Geingob said “Air Namibia must be liquidated; we have a serious problem with Air Namibia. It must be restructured. It is not making profits and it is just being bailed out. We must do something about it”.

“We have a serious problem with Air Namibia. It must be restructured” President Geingob.

JAA understands that the airline’s Board met following this announcement and it was at this meeting were it was agreed to suspend flights with immediate effect. Fears within the Board were centred on avoiding the airline creditors attaching the aircraft on foreign soil in a bid to get their money back.

According to Air Namibia’s website the airlines operates a mixed fleet of 2 Airbus A330-200, 4 Airbus A319-100 and 4 Embraer E135 jets.  Air Namibia operates to a number of destinations in Southern Africa and Europe including Frankfurt, Cape Town and Victoria Falls.

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