Court Stops Flyafrica Flights (allAfrica.com)

LOW-COST airline Flyafrica must immediately stop the passenger flights it started to operate between Windhoek and OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week.

This was ordered by Judge Shafimana Ueitele in the Windhoek High Court shortly before 13h00 today (4 September).

Judge Ueitele issued an interdict prohibiting the Namibian partner of Flyafrica, Nomad Aviation, from transporting passengers by air between Windhoek and OR Tambo International Airport pending the final determination of the legal action that Air Namibia launched against Nomad Aviation, the Transportation Commission of Namibia, and the chairperson of the commission this week.

Having secured an interdict effectively clipping Flyafrica’s wings on the route between Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport, Air Namibia is still asking the court to declare that Nomad Aviation does not have a valid licence that would allow it to operate passenger flights between Namibia and South Africa.

That part of the case that the national airline lodged against its new low-cost rival is due to be heard and decided later.

In affidavits filed at the court, Air Namibia is alleging that Nomad Aviation, which holds the air services licence on which Flyafrica started to operate budget flights between Windhoek and Johannesburg on Wednesday this week, does not have the required licence to transport passengers on international routes.

Nomad Aviation’s stance is that it indeed has the licence as required.

The court has been informed that the Transportation Commission ruled on 4 August that Nomad Aviation’s air services licence allows it to transport passengers between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Lanseria International Airport north-west of Johannesburg, and between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Cape Town International Airport, but not between Windhoek and OR Tambo International Airport.

Nomad Aviation is not in agreement with that ruling, though, and proceeded to launch its flights between Johannesburg and Windhoek this week.

* See a full report on the matter in The Namibian on Monday, 7 September.