KLM will bring new tourists from Europe: Legre

31 Oct 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The management of KLM Royal Dutch airlines has promised to bring new tourists and investors from all parts of Europe to Namibia.
Air France KLM’s Senior Vice President, Frank Legre told Nampa on Monday during the inauguration of a flight between Amsterdam and Windhoek at Hosea Kutako International Airport.
Legre said Airbus A330-200 with 243 passenger seats will operate from Amsterdam via Luanda to Windhoek, three days a week- Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
“We are very optimistic that we will make good business in Namibia,” he said.
Legre said the reason for taking the route to Luanda then Namibia is to combine the business people travelling to Luanda and leisure people targeting Namibia.
He stressed the airline had already made a winter booking of over 4 000 passengers between November 2016 and March 2017.
In a speech read on his behalf, Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb said Namibia and the Netherlands have had cordial diplomatic relations since 1990 that were transformed over the years to focus on strengthening trade, economic and investments ties.
“Air connectivity can only enhance our attractiveness as a global city and truly transform Namibia as an international business centre and logistic hub in pursuit of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and National Development Goals,” said !Naruseb.
He stressed that Government had adopted a liberal aviation policy in line with the Yamoussoukro Decision which advocates for ‘open skies’ to create an enabling environment for airlines to establish connectivity in Namibia.
The minister said Government was committed to continue to engage its bilateral cooperation partners to promote and develop route development through Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA).
The KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ inaugural flight follows that of the Ethiopian Airlines on 07 October 2016 and Qatar Airways on 28 September 2016.