|Air Namibia resumes Windhoek-Harare flights|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00|
Walter Muchinguri Assistant Business Editor
from Windhoek to Harare is expected to land at Harare International Airport at 1125 hours.
The Brazilian-made Embraer ERJ-135 aircraft is a 37-seater twinjet. The airline will fly into Zimbabwe four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. According to the airline’s website, the Windhoek-Harare route is one of three new routes introduced in the region.
The other two include the Windhoek-Ondjiva (Angola), and the Windhoek–Gaborone route, both three times a week.
Air Namibia said the three new additional routes would add significant capacity to its regional operations, with more flexible connecting times.
“The Harare, Ondjiva and Gaborone routes are the ninth addition to SW regional flights, serviced by our Embraer ERJ-135 aircraft, offering direct connection from the international hub in Windhoek.
The airline added that its plans are on strengthening its network connections within the borders of the country, African region and the world.
“The additional routes will contribute significantly in strengthening the Namibian economy and existing bilateral business relationships of the three countries, Sadc region and the continent. Commercially, Air Namibia’s new destinations will provide easy travel options for all individual needs.”
Emirates is operating flights between Dubai and Harare via Lusaka five times a week using an Airbus A330-200. A number of international airlines have also been making inquiries about introducing flights into Zimbabwe.
Others include Air France, Austrian Airlines, Egypt Air, Swiss Air, Bulgarian Airlines, Qantas, KLM and Lufthansa. Some of these airlines suspended flights into the country between 1998 and 2008 due to economic challenges prevailing in the country then.
Mocambique, Royal Swazi Airlines and Air Seychelles, Air Tanzania, Ghana Airways, Air Uganda and Air Cameroon.
The country’s tourism sector has suffered as a result of negative stories about the country peddled by the Western media primarily in the country’s premier source markets.
While these efforts have begun to bear fruit the issue of the country’s connectivity with the outside world have come into question especially due to the problems affecting Air Zimbabwe.
The national airline has had to suspend flights intermittently due to a number of challenges chief among them failure to pay workers and a huge debt overhang.