ONGWEDIVA: The Northern Branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) wants Air Namibia to establish an office at Ongwediva or Oshakati to serve business personalities who are living far from the Ondangwa Airport.
Chairperson of the NCCI Northern Branch, Tomas Iindji, said this in an interview with Nampa here on Wednesday.Iindji said the recent improvement in airline usage between Ondangwa and Eros (Windhoek) has generated preference among the diverse community members from the northern central regions, particularly business personalities who use the airline to attend emergency corporate business meetings taking place in Windhoek.
He pointed out that air transport is becoming more favourable to northern businesspeople above other modes of transportation. “Due to this emerging trend, it has become necessary that Air Namibia considers establishing an office in the towns of Ongwediva or Oshakati to address the various service issues, such as daily bookings and cancellations,” Iindji stated.
The Ondangwa Airport remains the only place where people in the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and part of the Kunene Region receive Air Namibia services.
“The northern business community is increasingly worried by the burdensome and time-consuming procedures to acquire first-hand flight information, attain valid reservations and to accomplish bookings at the only access point at the Ondangwa Airport,” Iindji charged.
The chairman of the NCCI Northern Branch revealed that he had already taken up the complaints of various business executives in the North, concerning a bottleneck in Air Namibia’s services, with the current Managing Director of Air Namibia, Theo Namases.
Asked if it is possible to establish an Air Namibia office at Ongwediva or Oshakati, the company’s Corporate Communications Officer, Oneka Msiska, told Nampa that it is already in the pipeline.
“It is part of our plan, and the establishment of another Air Namibia office in the North is being negotiated,” said Msiska.