21 May 2016 23:30pm
By Paulus Shiku
LUANDA, 21 MAY (NAMPA) - Air Namibia flights to and from Angola contribute to the economic development of the two countries in terms of employment creation, tourism and trade, Air Namibias acting Managing Director Mandi Samson says.
The national airline has been flying the Windhoek-Luanda, Angola route for 25 years.
Speaking to Nampa on the side lines of the silver jubilee celebrations of the route in Luanda on Friday she said the company employs 15 Angolans at their Luanda office, and is thus contributing to employment creation here.
There is no doubt that these flights facilitated and continue to facilitate trade between our countries; we have Angolans coming to Namibia to buy goods and vice-versa, she said.
More than 100 000 passengers use the Namibian airbus to and from Angola every year.
The route is shared with Angolan airline, Taag Angola.
Samson said despite the current economic challenge in Angola, the company remains strong and committed to service the route.
We are here to serve the community and we do plough back whatever we get out of it, she said.
Air Namibia's Country Manager in Angola Marisa de Almeida said Angolans appreciate the companys services in the country and will continue to support the airline.
Speaking on board Air Namibia en route to Luanda on Thursday, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industrys (NCCI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tarah Shaanika said he has had a wonderful flying experience with the airline for many years.
We would like to see more flights going to Angola, because we want to increase our business activities, particularly the exchange of business visits between the Namibian people and their Angolan counterparts, he added.
Shaanika added that the flights boost tourism in Namibia as many Angolan tourists visit Namibia.
On his part, Air Namibias Corporate Communications Manager Paul Nakawa thanked the Angolan people and Government for the continuous support to Air Namibia and Namibia as a country.
It has been 25 years now and we are still going strong; we are really grateful for that. This good relationship can also be attributed to our historical ties with Angola, especially during the liberation struggles of our two sister countries, Nakawa said.
Namibian Ambassador to Angola Grace Uushona, Angolan political leaders, representatives from Angolan airline and guests from the Angolan travel agencies and tour operators attended the celebration.