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GERMAN LEISURE CARRIER LAUNCHES NEW OPERATIONS

German leisure carrier, Condor, has launched operations to Windhoek, Namibia, from Frankfurt on November 10. 

The flights operate twice a week on Mondays and Thursday. 

Maureen Posthuma, Area Manager Europe for the Namibia Tourism Board, said: "Including Windhoek as a destination in the Condor timetable is not just having a positive effect on the further development of Namibia as a tourist product, it is also a sign of the growing interest among Germans in Namibia as a travel destination."

"We will again be setting the trend in the 2014/15 [European] winter season, and will be introducing our customers to the new and exciting destination of Namibia. Windhoek is the perfect tourist destination for the Condor flight programme and enhances our operation in the south of Africa,” said Jens Boyd, Head of Long Haul at Condor.

According to The Namibian Tourist Arrival Report 2012-2013 Germany is the biggest market for Namibia when it comes to overseas arrivals with 79 551 tourists from Germany reported in 2013. 

Tourist arrivals from Europe overall have slightly increased since 2011 but have yet to reach the level of 2010. The increase was only 0,7% from 2012 to 2013. However, tourist arrivals from Germany have remained more or less at the same level over the years, the report shows. 

The report showed that, overall, overseas holiday tourist arrivals amounted to 187 064 in 2013, up from 181 830 in 2012. The top ten overseas holiday tourist arrivals to Namibia have been led by Germany and United Kingdom for several years until 2012. In 2013 however, the US took over second position from the UK.

All tourist arrivals have increased by 9,0% from 2012 to 2013. The increase in 2012 and 2013 is possibly due to major Government and private-sector interventions in the tourism sector, according to the report. 

On October 21, Flyafrica expanded its services into Namibia with flights between Windhoek and Johannesburg, with the launch of Namibia flyafrica.com. 

Namibia flyafrica is the second airline launched by the group and is a joint venture between Nomad Aviation, a Namibian-based airline and Flyafrica Ltd, a Mauritius-based private equity aviation investment group.

Flyafrica.com does not apply a fuel surcharge – which can more than double the cost of the fare. “Fuel surcharges are simply double charging by airlines to hide the true cost of travel. We will never apply a fuel surcharge,” says Clifford Strydom, CEO of Nomad Aviation.






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