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Formed and started operations in 2015. Domestic, regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Windhoek Hosea Kutako International airport (WDH)
Windhoek, 9000, Namibea.
NAMIBIA (REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1990, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 823,168 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 1.8 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS WINDHOEK, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH, GERMAN, AFRIKAANS, AND HERERO.
July 2015: Namibia flyafrica (FLA) launched operations with bases in Central and Western Africa.
(IATA) Code: N6.
Main Base: Windhoek Hosea Kutako International airport (WDH).
August 2015: Gabon flyafrica (Libreville) was officially unveiled to the public at a ceremony held in Libreville on August 29. A statement issued by President, Ali Bongo's office said the project is a joint venture (JV) between the Gabonese government and Paramount Group, a South African arms manufacturer owned by Lithuania-born, Ivor Ichikowitz.
As with Zimbabwe flyafrica ((IATA) Code: Z7, based at Harare International), Namibia flyafrica (FLA), and Mozambique flyafrica (Maputo), it is assumed flyafrica Ltd, the low cost carrier (LCC)'s Mauritius-based investment vehicle, also has a stake in the start-up.
Operations are expected to launch later this year and will include domestic flights between Libreville and Port Gentil, with regional West and Central African routes to boot.
September 2015: Namibia flyafrica ((IATA) Code: N6, based at Windhoek International) (FLA) has resumed flights roughly a week after a Windhoek High Court ordered the nascent, low cost carrier (LCC) to suspend them. Namibia flyafrica (FLA) said flights from Windhoek International to Johannesburg, South Africa had resumed albeit to Lanseria and not Johannesburg O R Tambo, as done so previously. Lanseria is a privately run airfield located roughly 60 km away from O R Tambo.
“We are very happy that we have been able to find a way to save passengers even more money," Clifford Strydom (CEO) of Namibia flyafrica, said. “We are fully committed to delivering low fares to the traveling public who have paid too much for too long. The change of airport in Johannesburg to Lanseria allows us to further reduce our costs, making our fares over >-80% less than our competitors with no disruption to our passengers.”
(FLA) is locked in a bitter dispute with rival state-owned carrier Air Namibia ((IATA) Code: SW, based at Windhoek International) over the scope and validity of the Air Services Licence (ASL) allocated to parent, Bay Air Aviation (Windhoek Eros) in 2002. Air Namibia has questioned a Namibian Transportation Commission (TC) finding that Namibia flyafrica (FLA)'s (ASL) entitles it to serve Cape Town and Johannesburg Lanseria. A final ruling is expected later this month.
Namibia flyafrica (FLY) currently operates 2 airplanes to 2 countries, to 2 destinations on 1 route.
November 2015: Zimbabwe flyafrica ((IATA) Code: Z7, based at Harare International) is to remain grounded until it has resolved all outstanding regulatory issues, a Harare high court judge has said.
The airline's Zimbabwean partner and former Accountable Manager/(CEO), Chakanyuka Karase, surrendered its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) after foreign partner, flyafrica Ltd filed fraud charges against an undisclosed member of the Karase family. Pending the outcome of the court case, the airline had planned to resume flights late this month.
But, while Justice Amy Tsanga barred Chakanyuka Karase from interfering with the airline's business, she did order Zimbabwe flyafrica to address a number of irregularities uncovered during the (CAAZ)'s subsequent audit of its operations. The (CAAZ) said that it was not suspending Zimbabwe flyafrica's operations as a result of Karase's intervention, but as a result of said irregularities.
In addition to lacking an accountable manager and a local Head of Maintenance, the (CAAZ) found that even though the low cost carrier (LCC) was registered in Zimbabwe, substantive control of its operations lay in South Africa. Adding to that, both of the airplanes on its Zimbabwean (AOC) (two 737-500s) were actually based out of Johannesburg O R Tambo, the (CAAZ) said. Other oversights included unsatisfactory maintenance manuals.
“There are directives from the (CAAZ) that what the applicant needs to do is to put its house in order," The "Herald" quoted Justice Tsanga's ruling. "Local rules and regulations must be observed by the applicant instead of crying foul against the (CAAZ), knowing full well its house is not in order. Without attending to the issues, which also include managerial concerns, the suspension will not be uplifted."
Sister carrier, Namibia flyafrica ((IATA) Code: N6, based at Windhoek International) has also been forced to suspend operations given that it was wet-leasing a 737-500 from Zimbabwe flyafrica for its flights to South Africa. The Namibian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) suspended the carrier's licence earlier this month after an investigation showed it had failed to inform the authority of Zimbabwe, flyafrica's (AOC) revocation, while continuing to operate its airplanes.