Oil and gas driving Lüderitz air route


FlyNamibia says oil and gas exploration is becoming increasingly important for its operations with Lüderitz at the centre of it all.

General manager, Nerine Uys said the oil and gas this sector is critical to its operations, especially considering that the company is currently subsidised by TotalEnergies.

“However, we are in the process of testing the routes’ sustainability on its own two feet. To aid in this process, we are working with TotalEnergies to release additional seats to the public,” Uys told Observer Money.

Uys said this test, including the release of additional seats, will give FlyNamibia an idea of what the future holds for this route.

“Depending on the demand, we may need to adjust the frequencies on the route,” he said.

Uys said FlyNamibia recently launched a schedule with three frequencies per week to Victoria Falls.

“Additionally, on 3 July, we will introduce three frequencies per week to Maun.”

FlyNamibia, in partnership with TotalEnergies, is set to expand the number of seats available on the Windhoek to Lüderitz route, which operates every weekday. These adjustments aim to foster the sustainability of this route, which opened on 1 July 2023 and resulted in the transport of 5000 passengers since then.

FlyNamibia has announced the opening of its new office in Lüderitz at the Lüderitz Waterfront (Old Power Station).

“Our enduring partnership with TotalEnergies enables us to continuously adapt and offer the best service to our customers,” said Andre Compion, MD of FlyNamibia.

TotalEnergies Country Chair, Laurent Roché, said operational update is designed to benefit consumers by providing more flexible travel options and maintaining high service standards, characteristic of FlyNamibia’s commitment to quality, along with ensuring the route’s long-term sustainability.

FlyNamibia and TotalEnergies said they are dedicated to serving their community and boosting economic growth and to upholding the high standards of service and reliability that define our operations.

FlyNamibia operates domestic routes from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Ondangwa, Katima Mulilo, Lüderitz, and Oranjemund, as well as regional routes between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Cape Town International, in addition to Walvis Bay International Airport and Cape Town International in partnership with Airlink.

Other regional routes include a direct service between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, with the addition of Maun, Botswana to be launched in July 2024.

FlyNamibia Safari connects travellers between Hosea Kutako International Airport and key tourist destinations within Namibia, as well as a route linking Eros Airport to Rundu.

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