Namibia, Kenya to introduce direct flights

APA-Windhoek (Namibia)

The leaders of Namibia and Kenya have directed that their officials urgently conclude an agreement allowing for direct flights between the two countries as part of measures to strengthen relations between Windhoek and Nairobi.

During bilateral talks in Windhoek on Friday, Namibian President Hage Geingob and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta expressed optimism that the introduction of direct flights between Windhoek and Nairobi would help increase trade between the two countries.

“I am informed that our airlines have a code-sharing agreement in place and I am hopeful that, very soon, we will have direct flights from Windhoek to Nairobi and vice versa,” Geingob told reporters at State House after meeting Kenyatta.

Under the agreement between Air Namibia and Kenya Airways, the latter places its KQ code on the former’s flights from Johannesburg, Lusaka to Windhoek, while Air Namibia places it SW code on Kenyan Airways for flights from Lusaka, Johannesburg to Nairobi.

Kenyan Airways chief executive Sebastian Mikosz, who is part of President Kenyatta’s 30-member delegation, confirmed plans for direct flights saying it will help his company increase footprint in Southern Africa.

However, he could provide a definite deadline when the agreement would be finalised.


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