Windhoek, 25 July – Fly Namibia has entered a strategic partnership with Airlink to boost the promotion of its flights and services to travel agencies worldwide via the Global Distribution System (GDS), according to a recent statement.
With Airlink’s extensive global reach and GDS capabilities, Fly Namibia will gain access to a broader marketplace. Commencing on July 24, 2023, Fly Namibia will enjoy worldwide visibility as a franchisee, leveraging Airlink’s network.
As part of this collaboration, Fly Namibia will also launch a new co-branded website with Airlink, seamlessly integrated into the Amadeus Altea reservation platform. The upgraded booking procedure will be more user-friendly, simplifying the experience for customers.
Andre Compion, CEO of Fly Namibia, expressed the significance of joining the GDS, noting that it is a crucial milestone for the airline’s growth. He highlighted that the move will expand Fly Namibia’s presence in global markets and provide customers with a convenient and efficient booking platform.
Rodger Foster, CEO and Managing Director of Airlink, emphasized that this partnership aligns with their investment strategy in Fly Namibia, aimed at enhancing aviation services in Namibia and promoting Hosea Kutako International Airport as a gateway hub for the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Airlink’s acquisition of a 40% share in Fly Namibia last year demonstrated their confidence in Namibia’s economic potential and growing demand for travel to and from the country.
Fly Namibia’s integration with the GDS will significantly enhance their ability to tap into increasing travel demand and enter new markets. The airline will maintain its own brand and image while benefiting from Airlink’s support and network.
During the transition period, Fly Namibia’s inventory will be available on the GDS from July 24, but reservations for flights between July 24 and August 28 will continue through their existing reservation system. Starting from August 29, all Fly Namibia flight reservations will be managed through the GDS, and customers can follow instructions on the website, which will link to the new booking portal. Fly Namibia will ensure a seamless transition by running parallel systems for six weeks.- Namibia Daily News