STATE-OWNED AIR NAMIBIA TO LAUNCH WINDHOEK-LAGOS-ACCRA SERVICE ON JUNE 29

WINDHOEK-- State-owned Air Namibia on Wednesday launched its Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route, which will begin on June 29.

The launch is in line with the airline's five-year strategic plan aimed at financial sustainability through exceptional customer service, said its acting Managing Director, Mandi Samson. The airline previously only flew to Accra in West Africa.

"This time around we are merging Lagos and Accra, with an added opportunity to transport people and goods between Lagos and Accra using the (Fifth Freedom) traffic rights offered by the Nigerian and Ghanaian governments, for which we are grateful," added Samson.

The first flight to Lagos is sold out, she said.

Ghana's High Commissioner (ambassador) to Namibia, Elizabeth Salamatu Forgor, said she saw the resumption of the service to the Ghanaian capital as "a development in the right direction that will strengthen relations between the two countries".

"The areas of trade, tourism, education, cultural exchanges and collaborations will strengthen relations between the two nations," Forgor added.

Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia Lilian Onoh said the bilateral air services agreement, which was concluded in 2003, was started in 1990. "It has been a long journey and I would like to congratulate Namibia for making it a reality," said Onoh.

She urged to Namibian businesses to pursue opportunities in Nigeria because there is a market, mentioning Namibian biltong (cured dried meat) as one of the many market possibilities in Nigeria. She also advised Air Namibia to issue visas in Lagos instead of Abuja to save time.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK