Fly Africa could increase international arrivals

19 Oct 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 OCT (NAMPA) – International arrivals in Namibia could increase with the presence of the low-cost airline Fly Africa.
This is according to the latest tourism index issued by First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia and the Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations (Fenata) last Friday.
The tourism index for October 2015 indicated that the airline could hold a positive future not only for the local tourism industry, but the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region as a whole.
“Despite their flights being brought to a halt due to matters of licensing, their presence could lead to an improvement of international arrivals specifically within the region. If the cheap flights are packaged properly, international arrivals could possibly increase, thus improving tourism numbers,” it noted.
Low fare airline Fly Africa Namibia is a joint venture between Namibian-based Nomad Aviation and Fly Africa Limited, a Mauritius-based private equity aviation investment group.
Fares from Johannesburg, South Africa to Harare, Zimbabwe start at N.dollars 1 098.79 while a ticket costs about N.dollars 899 from Harare, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Airfares from Windhoek to Cape Town, South Africa start at N.dollars 499, while a ticket from Johannesburg to Windhoek is N.dollars 299, excluding airport taxes.
The index also highlighted that Fly Africa could bring about good performance in the third quarter due to the hunting season.
Namibia’s annual hunting season is from 01 February until 30 November 2015.
Meanwhile, High Court Judge Shafimana Uitele ordered last month that the airline stop transporting passengers with immediate effect between Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport and Oliver (OR) Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The order came shortly after the Namibian national airliner, Air Namibia filed an urgent application to stop the much cheaper competitor from introducing scheduled flights to OR Tambo.
The basis for the urgent application was that the operator, Nomad Aviation does not have a license to convey passengers to OR Tambo.
Air Namibia applied for the interdict after the Transportation Commission of Namibia ruled that Fly Africa only has clearance to use the route to Lanseria international airport, after the two competing airlines requested clarity from the commission.
Lanseria is a privately owned international airport that is situated north of Randburg and Sandton to the north west of Johannesburg.
According to the court order, Fly Africa Namibia can fly passengers from any other airport in Namibia to any other airport in South Africa.
This prohibition will be in force until the Windhoek High Court pronounces itself on a review of the pending main application which was earlier brought by Air Namibia before court.