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Air Nam suspends Lagos-Accra path 2019-05-24
through Arlana Shikongo

Photo: Air Namibia

AIR Namibia has indefinitely suspended servicing its Windhoek-Lagos-Accra path from Friday, following an apparent ban on issuing visas to Namibian passport holders visiting Nigeria.

In an announcement issued through the airline on Friday, the route launched in June 2018 is said to have seen a drop in patronage after the Nigerian excessive fee in Namibia stopped issuing visas in February this year.

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The assertion similarly stated rumors have been rife in Nigeria that Namibia is “anti-Nigeria,” Nigerian visitors have allegedly been counseled to keep from traveling to Namibia and using Windhoek as a transit point journeying to South Africa.

Acting popular commercial offerings manager Wimpie van Vuuren believes the ban can be related to allegations that Nigerians are unwell-treated by Namibian immigration officers at the airport.

Air Namibia’s supervisor of company communications, Paul Nakawa, corroborated the existence of the rumors.

“This fact is rife in Nigeria,” he said. “We have proof of it. People have applied to Nigeria, and no one has been issued a visa.”

The Namibian has reported that Namibians’ excessive fees in Nigeria, in partnership with Air Namibia, opened a visa-processing table in Lagos in April. Nakawa said deliberations on postponing the course began earlier this 12 months.

Air Namibia says they have consulted diverse stakeholders to mitigate the diplomatic standoff, but their efforts proved futile.

Nakawa said servicing the course can be suspended indefinitely to diminish associated protection, non-compliance, and industrial dangers.

He explained that affected passengers would be accommodated on flights through associate airways at Air Namibia’s price or through money back.

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