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Sunday, April 7, 2013

►► NAMIBIA: Air Namibia to axe Accra, reduces Cape Town, Joburg due to low demand, Frankfurt due to A340s undergoing maintenance.

Air Namibia[UPDATE 7 APRIL] Air Namibia (SW) is, according to Amadeus, to axe its Windhoek - Accra (Ghana) flights effective 10 April. In addition, Windhoek to Cape Town, and Windhoek to Johannesburg flights are to be reduced from 3 to 2 a day, with Windhoek to Frankfurt flights being reduced to 4x a week effective immediately.

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Air Namibia(SW):Windhoek - Accra 
- Service ends 10APR13
  • SW724 WDH 1600 - 2015 ACC 319 7
  • SW724 WDH 1700 - 2015 ACC 319 35
  • SW508 ACC 2250 - 0605+1 WDH 319 35
  • SW508 ACC 2250 - 0505+1 WDH 319 7
Windhoek to Cape Town, and Windhoek to Johannesburg flights are to be reduced from 3 to 2 a day. 
"This is just a temporary measure in response to the current air traffic trends and demands. The season that has started is a low season in the industry. In the airline industry, we monitor the trends, and we are responsive to the demands of the market at any given time, bearing in mind the dynamics and economics of the industry we are in," said Paul Nakawa, spokesman for Air Namibia
Source [SouthAfrica.TO]

Windhoek - Johannesburg
- Effective 31JAN13
  • SW704 WDH 0755 - 0940 JNB 319 2357
  • SW761 WDH 0755 - 0940 JNB 319 146
  • SW702 WDH 1700 - 1845 JNB 319 D
  • SW703 JNB 0640 - 0840 WDH 319 D
  • SW701 JNB 1230 - 1430 WDH 319 D
Windhoek - Cape Town
  • SW742 WDH 0930 - 1130 CPT 319 D
  • SW744 WDH 1740 - 1940 CPT 319 D
  • SW745 CPT 0640 - 0840 WDH 319 D
  • SW743 CPT 1230 - 1430 WDH 319 D
Regarding Windhoek - Frankfurt, Air Namibia  states that due to the  Lease Agreements for the airline's two Airbus A340-300 used to service the Windhoek–Frankfurt route coming to an end in mid-2013, the airline is  obliged to  execute heavy maintenance work on these aircraft in order to meet the “return conditions” of  the aircraft lease agreements with Lufthansa (LH). Therefore, the aircraft will be withdrawn from service one at a time, to facilitate the stated maintenance activities. 

The Airbus A340-300s will be replaced  by Airbus A330-200 aircraft expected to enter the airline’s  fleet from October 2013, and in line with national  carrier’s fleet renewal programme.


Windhoek - Frankfurt
- Effective 27JAN13 to 24JUN13, 
- One aircraft in operation on the route,
- The frequencies will be reduced from 7 to 4 frequencies per week as follows:
  • SW283 WDH 0815 - 1740 FRA 343 2
  • SW285 WDH 2000 - 0655+1 FRA 343 7
  • SW285 WDH 2130 - 0655+1 FRA 343 3
  • SW286 FRA 1910 - 0630+1 WDH 343 1246
Source [Air Namibia]

Effective 25 June 2013 to 30 November 2013, the schedule of 7 frequencies per week will be  restored. From 1 December 2013 to 24 June 2014, the number of frequencies will be 6 per  week.

[UPDATE 7 APRIL] Air Namibia(SW) has rescinded its previous decision to axe flights to the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Operations will now continue from 10 April onwards, however, the airline wishes to advise that, as a result of the effect of the earlier decision, there  will be no flights on the Windhoek – Accra – Windhoek route on 12th ; 14th and 17th April 2013. Normal flights will resume on 19th April 2013 onwards, maintaining the current frequency levels  of three (3) rotations per week on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Air Namibia(SW):Windhoek - Accra 
  • SW724 WDH 1700 - 2015 ACC 319 357
  • SW508 ACC 2250 - 0505+1 WDH 319 357
Source [Air Namibia]

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