Air Namibia suspends Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route
24 May 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) Air Namibia has suspended its Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route on Friday following a ban on the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders by the Nigerian High Commissioner in February 2019.
This information was contained in a media statement from the airline availed to Nampa here on Friday.
According to the statement, the ban on the issuing of visas to Namibians was motivated by allegations that Nigerians were ill-treated by the Namibian border control officials at Hosea Kutako International Airport when arriving or transiting through Windhoek.
There are messages circulating in Nigeria about Namibia being anti-Nigeria, with travellers being urged to avoid visiting Namibia, as well as avoid using Windhoek as a transit point when travelling to South Africa, the statement read.
It said efforts to consult various stakeholders to mitigate the diplomatic standoff were futile.
The statement further outlined that the load factor performance of the route dropped from an average of 55 per cent between June 2018, when it was introduced, and January 2019, to between 35 and 38 per cent during the period February to April 2019.
Air Namibia decided to suspend this route for an indefinite period in order to mitigate the related safety, non-compliance and commercial risks, the statement added.