Monday, 15 June 2020

Air Namibia should be shut down says Namibian president

Photo Air Namibia

The loss-making Air Namibia should be shut down,  that was the cry from the nations President Hage Geingob during a parliamentary session in Windhoek after delivering his state-of-the-nation speech in which he did not mention the troubled state carrier.

"Yes, Air Namibia must be liquidated,” he replied, in answer to a question from politicians, “We have a very serious problem with Air Namibia."

The president stated the carrier has previously received state funds,  it has been  "bailed out, bailed out", but had been unwilling to make any real or structural changes.  "But it must be restructured, - If liquidation is the thing, we must do that."

"It is not making any profits. - No, we must do something about it." Geingob warned. 

There was no immediate statement from the airline or the government over what changes or restructuring would take place. However, the Namibia Transport & Allied Workers Union urged caution, the decision to close the airline is "not a wise one at the moment" it said. The union also claimed Air Namibia was "not a burden to the state coffers" and it was a significant contributor to the Namibian GDP and population.

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