Angola loses flights of Air Namibia and South African Airways

10 February 2020

The suspension of flights by Air Namibia from Windhoek to Luanda will reduce the commercial and cultural exchange between the two countries, Angolan state news agency Angop reported.

The Namibian airline on Tuesday announced the suspension, starting on Sunday and for an indefinite period of time, of the Windhoek-Luanda route, explaining that Angola had become an unviable market.

The Windhoek-Luanda route was, according to figures from the Namibian state airline, the most profitable at least between 2000 and 2015, but that situation changed radically, and the airline was forced to suspend the connection between the two countries.

The Namibian air carrier is experiencing a serious financial crisis and is at risk of ending its operations entirely, which is under consideration by the local government, with Angolan airline Taag taking on the transport of passengers.

Meanwhile, South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will no longer fly, from 29 February to eight international destinations, including Angola and Brazil, due to financial problems.

SAA will keep the flight between Johannesburg and Maputo in operation but will also give up the links to the Chinese city of Guangzhou and the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

The bankruptcy administrators of the South African airline stressed that the measures are part of a restructuring plan that will be published at the end of February. (macauhub)

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