WINDHOEK, 14 JUN – Air Namibia on Wednesday launched its Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route, which will become operation on 29 June.
The launch is in line with the airline’s five-year strategic plan aimed at financial sustainability through exceptional customer service.
Speaking at the launch, Air Namibia’s Acting Managing Director, Mandi Samson said the airline previously only flew to Accra.
“This time around we are merging Lagos and Accra, with an added opportunity to transport people and goods between Lagos and Accra using the freedom traffic rights offered by the Nigerian and Ghanaian governments, for which we are grateful,” added Samson.
The first flight to Lagos is sold out, she said.
On her part, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Elizabeth Salamatu Forgor said she sees the resumption of this route as development in the right direction that will strengthen relations between the two countries.
“The areas of trade, tourism, education, cultural exchanges and collaborations will strengthen relations between the two nations,” Forgor added.
Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia, Lilian Onoh, who also was at the launch, said the agreement which was concluded in 2003 was started in 1990.
“It has been a long journey and I would like to congratulate Namibia for making it a reality,” said Onoh.
She appealed to Namibians to do business in Nigeria because there is a market, mentioning Namibian biltong as one of the many market possibilities in Nigeria.
The High Commissioner also advised Air Namibia to issue visas in Lagos instead of Abuja to save time.