Air Namibia has released a statement to put to bed any suggestions it was going to cease its operations and said services will continue “unhindered”.
The carrier said some recent media reports suggesting it may collapse are “unfounded, untrue and devoid of any truth”.
Air Namibia said it continues to operate as per its mandate, transporting passengers and cargo between domestic destinations, the rest of southern Africa and Europe, via Frankfurt.
The statement continued: “We wish to reassure our clients and all stakeholders that, our flights continue to operate according to our published flight schedule.
“Air Namibia is of strategic importance to the economy, contributing enormously to the
tourism sector, the third largest contributor to Namibia’s GDP.
“This is confirmed in national development plans, with reference to the 5th Namibia
Development Plan (NDP5), which underlines ‘Logistics as one of the driving forces’.
“It is further confirmed in the airline’s mission statement which states, ‘To provide air transport, to promote tourism and to encourage business investment in Namibia’.”
The Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) which is the sole shareholder of Air
Namibia confirmed their continued support, amongst others through the targeted subsidy
allocations of N$740 million (US$61 million) for 2018/19, N$676 million for 2019/20 and N$698 million for 2020/21.
The carrier said that the financial assistance provides testimony that the Government of the Republic of Namibia “rallies behind the national airline due to its strategic importance to the economy”.