18 Jul 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - Air Namibia has announced an increase in the frequency of its flights between Windhoek and Luanda, Angola to meet the rising demand for seats on that route.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, Air Namibia's Head of Corporate Communications Paulus Nakawa said as from 06 August 2013, the national air carrier will introduce an additional flight per week on that route on Tuesdays, to bring to seven the total number of flights operated by Air Namibia on the route.
Currently, the airline operates six flights daily, except on Tuesdays.
?With the additional flight, Air Namibia customers will now be able to fly between Luanda and Windhoek on any day of their choice,? said Nakawa.
He said the additional flight will also be operated using the Airbus A319-100 fleet, and will operate at the same flight times as the current six flights.
The schedule for the route (all local times of airport operation) is as follows: departure from Windhoek at 08h50 and arrival in Luanda at 11h15, and departure from Luanda at 12h15 and arrive in Windhoek at 14h35.
?This move is in line with our network strategy of offering more frequency on routes, which gives our clients flexibility and best options on choice for dates of travel,? said Nakawa.
The airline launched its service between Luanda and Windhoek in May 1991, with a frequency of once per week on Sundays, but the operation was interrupted and halted during 1992 as a result of the civil war in Angola, and then resumed in 1995.
Nakawa said since then the Luanda route has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers and as a result an increase in the frequency of flights.
The third weekly frequency was introduced in 2007, increasing to four times a week in 2008, five times a week in 2010 and six times a week in 2012.
?We are happy to see that the once per week flight which was operated on Sundays in 1991, grew to a daily service in a sphere time of almost 21 years. The dream of a daily flight has eventually been realised,? he boasted.