Shifeta welcomes international airlines

Shifeta welcomes international airlines

Environment and Tourism Minister has welcomed the international airlines that will be flying to Namibia.
Pohamba Shifeta sees the increase in the number of international airlines operating in Namibia as good business for the tourism industry.
He made the remark during the launch of the 2015 Tourist Statistical Report in Windhoek on Wednesday.
Shifeta observed that it was high time for African airlines to start working together and complement each other, since they were competing with big airlines.
He expressed happiness that the Dutch airlines, KLM, announced flights to Namibia that would start later this year, while Qatar and Ethiopian Airlines would also start flying to Namibia this year.
The minister said all of this enhanced connectivity and airlift, which would have a positive impact on tourist arrivals.
However, Air Namibia is reported to have expressed concern over the number of international airlines being granted permission to operate in Namibia.
It was quoted in local media reports on Wednesday as saying more airlines threatened its market share.
Qatar will start flying from Doha to Windhoek with four weekly direct flights from the 28th of this month, while KLM will start flying from Amsterdam to Luanda, then to Windhoek, three times a week from the 30th of next month.
Ethiopian Airlines will start flying to Windhoek via Gaborone from the fourth of October.