Staff Writer

NAMIBIAN airline FlyWestair launched flights to two new destinations, Rundu and Katima Mulilo this week.

Departing from Eros Airport in Windhoek, on 24 and 25 August, with inaugural flights for the media, these new scheduled routes connect Namibians and visitors between the capital and the north-eastern regions and beyond.

“FlyWestair is a proudly Namibian privately owned airline, the first of its kind in Namibia. We are committed to providing an admirable travel experience with consistent on-time performance.

“The opening up of these two new routes show our dedication to Namibia, to the travel and tourism industry, and we have no doubt that it will improve intra-Namibian trade as well,” said FlyWestair’s CEO Henri van Schalkwyk

FlyWestair will offer two weekly flights between Rundu and Windhoek, as well as three weekly flights between Katima Mulilo and Windhoek, opening up the region for tourism and trade.

“These destinations are integral hubs for so many of our nation’s north-eastern citizens. FlyWestair is continuing its pledge to support and connect Namibians through the speed and efficiency that air travel brings,” said the airline in a media statement.

Katima Mulilo, the capital of the Zambezi region, is an important gateway to other SADC nations, notably Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. The introduction of these two destinations will bring much needed relief to the weight of travel for those who live there and conduct business, said the airline.

“It will also be a huge boost for our tourism industry which has been so badly affected by the pandemic. This is one of the major reasons why FlyWestair is partnering with The Gondwana Collection and its lodges in that region,” the statement added.

The introduction of Katima and Rundu flights will ease travel for visitors to Namibia who would like to include the Kavango and Zambezi regions in their itinerary. Carrying them across the vast Land of the Brave in about an hour, which would otherwise have been more than a day’s drive.

The media was hosted on this flight to show just how easy it will now be to get to this part of Namibia from Windhoek, in no time at all.

The airline remains focused on assisting the Namibian travel and aviation industry recover in a post-Covid environment. At the same time it adheres to all Covid rules and regulations and offers on-site Covid tests for tourists, the statement added.