Namibia’s premier airline, Air Namibia, is battling to bring its daily schedule of regional routes to normalcy, following a messy strike that saw over 50 flights cancelled last week, The Villager Online has learnt.
The hustle has forced the airline to postpone its first flight to Harare, Zimbabwe, this morning for later this afternoon because the same plane has to be used for the Victoria Falls route.
Passengers who were scheduled for the early flight to Harare at nine o’clock this morning are now stranded as they have to wait for the same flight at four o'clock this afternoon.
“We have been rescheduled for 4pm because we were not be able to fly at 9am. We will actually be using the same flight we should have used this morning at 4pm, according to the flight attendants,” a distraught passenger told The Villager Online this morning.
The company has had to return to Government for a N$24m bailout to pay its pilots since its coffers could not supplement the 10% salary increment demand by the pilots.
Last week, the managing director of the airline company, Theo Namases, told The Villager that it is proving difficult to service all the international routes they recently launched as some of them are not profitable enough.
“We might need to downsize the airline and make it small enough to suit the revenue inflows that we have,” she said.