Air Namibia, flag carrier of Namibia, has suspended all operations and will shortly be liquidated.
Air Namibia Ends Operations, Will Be Liquidated
In a late night announcement on Twitter, Air Namibia announced all flight operations would be suspended February 11, 2021. The carrier will also not accept new reservations. Passengers were also provided a pair of email addresses with which they can request refunds.
— AirNamibia -carrying the spirit of Namibia (@airnamibia1) February 10, 2021
Per CH-Aviation, Air Namibia has informed its staff of 636 employees that each will receive a 12-month severance package, but benefits will end immediately.
Later today, airline leaders and the Namibian government will meet to finalize the liquidation.
While there was hope that the government would bail out the beleaguered airline, the government said it could not afford it and no private equity investor was found.
The airline liquidates with the following assets:
- 3 Airbus A319s (one is leased)
- 2 Airbus A330s (both are leased)
- 4 Embraer EMB-135ER
- 1 Boeing 737-500
Namibia, once German South West Africa, has maintained ties to Germany over the decades. When I worked at Frankfurt Airport, I remember seeing the Air Nambia A330-200 parked at the same gate each night. Flight 285/286 would depart Windhoek in the evening, arrive in Frankfurt in the morning, then sit all day before returning to Windhoek in the evening. Many times I thought about getting on the flight, but never got around it. Now I will never be able to…
Air Namibia is the latest airline to fail in the pandemic era. If you have a flight booked, reach out to Air Namibia immediately in order to request a refund.
Have you flown Air Namibia? Are you sorry to see the airline go bust?
image: Air Namibia