Accra flights back on the radar

Air Namibia this week announced that it has reversed its decision to terminate the loss-making Windhoek-Accra route.
The Head of Corporate Communications at the national carrier, Paulus Nakawa told the Economist that the decision to continue flying to the West African nation was taken as the route was part of the growth plans of the airline.
He said: “At the moment we have very limited economies of scale to support a profitable airline operation. It [Accra route]serves as a strategic entry point into the big West African market. The route is showing signs of being viable and profitable in the near future.”
Nakawa added that the Accra route will be used to develop alternative sources of tourism and business traffic to Namibia and build on what has already been established in routes like Angola. The Accra route is also expected to provide an alternative routing for people going to North America and Europe, instead of via Johannesburg.
Air Namibia says it carries between 1700 and 1900 passengers every month on the Windhoek Accra route that was launched in August 2011. The majority of the passengers are from West Africa coming to Namibia, while others are going to other SADC cities, Europe and USA via Hosea Kutako International Airport.