Air Namibia (SW) has suspended all domestic flights with immediate effect due to a sharp increase in corona virus cases, which forced the government to place the country under lockdown level 3 restrictions.
In a statement Air Namibia said: “Air Namibia wishes to inform the flying public, the traders and stakeholders of a temporary suspension of all domestic flights for a period of 18 days effective 23:59pm tonight, 12 August 2020 to 29 August 2020.”
“Domestic operation will resume from 30 August 2020. The latest development is in alignment with the Republic of Namibia’s travel restrictions as stipulated in stage 3 regulations, aimed at curbing the further spread of the coronavirus,” the airline added.
Addressing the nation at State House, Namibia President Geingob said: “The government is monitoring the situation seeing that all 14 regions of the country now have confirmed cases.” He added that the country has now been migrated to stage 3 of the state of emergency regulations.
Stage 3 emergency regulation will see the immediate ban of traveling within Namibia until the 28th of August 2020. “Travel into and out of Windhoek and Okahandja – similar to Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis – is restricted with the exception of essential and critical service providers,” Namibian Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula added.
Air Namibia prior to the lockdown has been operating domestic flights for both passengers and cargo from its Windhoek hub to several destinations within the country.
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