FlyWestair to service domestic, regional flight routes

11 Jun 2019 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibian-owned Westair Aviation launched a passenger airline, FlyWestair, with flight routes to Ondangwa, Walvis Bay and Oranjemund on Monday.
The airline will also offer regional flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town (from Windhoek and Oranjemund), a media statement issued on Tuesday said.
It said the first route to be rolled out will be three scheduled flights per week from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Oranjemund from 24 June 2019.
The other local routes will start from July 2019, with regional flights introduced from August 2019, subject to on-service agreements being reached with authorities and service providers.
This comes at a time where the national airline, Air Namibia has had to cut down on a number of southern African regional flights due to their planes being grounded until it settles its account with South African Airways Technical (SAAT).
This leaves them with three Airbus planes to service their routes.
“FlyWestair’s entrance to the market will serve the local economy and support Air Namibia in developing the sector to make Namibia more competitive in a competitive industry dominated by foreign operators,” Westair Group Chairperson Wolfgang Grellmann said.
According to Grellman, the launch of FlyWestair is fuelled by opportunities in the market, which the Windhoek-Oranjemund route presented in terms of accessibility via flights as well as the economic gravity of companies operating in the town.
As for the Ondangwa route; “it is the most frequented destination in the country and the airline is committed to service the majority of our population, which might lead to the possibility to travel from Oranjemund to Ondangwa in one day,” he added.