Air Namibia has cancelled flights to Harare, Zimbabwe as an interim measure after one of its aircraft were impounded by authorities in Harare last Friday.
One of the aircraft Air Namibia was leasing from West Air – a V5-WEB – was impounded as a result of a pending court case brought by five Zimbabwean nationals against Air Namibia.
Earlier this year, the media reported that a family claimed they had visas from the Turkish consulate in Harare to travel to Turkey via Frankfurt. Air Namibia, however, reportedly received instructions from the German immigration officials in Pretoria not to allow the passengers onto the flight.
The family then sued Air Namibia in the High Court of Zimbabwe for US$1 million, and requested that the sheriff be directed to attach any of the airline's moveable property at its town office in Harare, as well as to impound any of the airline's aircraft landing in Zimbabwe.
In a statement yesterday, the airline's spokesperson, Paul Nakawa, said flights to Zimbabwe would be cancelled pending the finalisation of the matter.
“The airline has resolved to divert the current flights between Hosea Kutako International Airport and Victoria Falls to Livingstone, Zambia, for the period 6 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. We trust that Air Namibia can count on the continued support of its passengers, and we continue to strive for the most professional and pleasant experience for our passengers,” he added.