FlyNamibia launches Windhoek – Walvis route
FlyNamibia recently recently launched its three days a week flight schedule between Windhoek and Walvis Bay. The flights will commence today (28 October) and ticket sales have already started. The route between Eros Airport Windhoek and Walvis Bay will be serviced three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A 14-seater Beechcraft 1900 will be used for the flights which will cost between N$ 1950 and N$ 2290 depending on the time of the month.
In a speech made on behalf of the Erongo governor Neville Andre, the Erongo Regional Council chairperson Benitha Imbamba stated that the timing of the launch of a direct flight could not have come at a better time. “This is given the fact that the tourism industry was on its knees as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This launch falls within our strategy to recover the regional economy, especially our tourism industry. Walvis Bay is an important logistical port for Southern Africa, as it provides port facilities for the import and export of cargo for the rest of Namibia, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Botswana.”
Andre said that he is confident that the introduction of this direct flight will help relieve the weight of travel and tourism for those who live in Walvis Bay. “This is also good for conducting business, and ease travel for visitors to Namibia who would like to include the Erongo region in their itinerary. It will support our tourism industry. I have no doubt, that these new direct flights will give an additional lift to trade and tourism between Walvis Bay and the rest of the SADC regions. It will also unlock efficiencies for Namibia’s business, trade, travel and tourism sectors and will enable Walvis Bay to become a more accessible and effective gateway to Southern Africa for Namibian investors preferred destination for tourists.”
According to Bisey Uirab, the CEO of Namibia Airports Company (NAC) this route heralds a new phase. “We are connecting the hearts of business in our country - Khomas and Erongo. Air connectivity for productivity, efficiency and economic growth within the country is of huge importance. My wish is for Namibia to become a flying nation."
Walvis Bay is the first new addition to FlyNamibia’s scheduled operations since the announcement of its new partnership with Airlink in September 2022. This partnership is aimed at giving the flying public more options, more access and broader horizons to discover and explore, and is set to further increase FlyNamibia’s operational capacity. The airline is also set to launch another route connecting Walvis Bay and Cape Town before Christmas this year.
The mayor of Walvis Bay Trevino Forbes, Swakopmund mayor Dina Namubes and Henties Bay mayor Lewies Vermaak all welcomed the inaugural flight which formed part of the three days a week flight schedule between Windhoek and Walvis Bay launch at the Walvis Bay International Airport. He said that the new route will unlock efficiencies for Namibia’s trade, travel and tourism sectors.
The Walvis Bay – Windhoek route was previously provided by the former national airline, Air Namibia. FlyNamibia, under its previous brand FlyWestair, was the first private airline to be granted scheduled passenger airline status in Namibia. They have been operational since June 2019 and have expanded their network of flights to include domestic routes from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Ondangwa, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Oranjemund and now Walvis Bay, as well as a regional route from Hosea Kutako International to Cape Town International.
Flights can be booked through all major travel agencies, or directly via FlyNamibia’s 24/7 contact centre at +264 83 339 0011. Customers can also visit www.flynamibia.com.na for online bookings.