Air Namibia folds up, 600 workers out of job
With the eventual liquidation of Namibia’s national carrier Air Namibia, 600 workers have been thrown out of job. However, a state-owned national broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the employees will receive a basic salary for the next 12 months but will not receive any benefits.
A state-owned New Era newspaper reported that the National Carrier suspended all operations, cancelling all of its flights and grounding its aircraft with immediate effect and urging all customers to cancel reservations and request refunds.
It had been a cabinet decision to file for voluntary liquidation, the paper said.
The airline has been having operational issues – the latest being last week’s resignation of board members who accused the government of interference.
According to Aviation24.be – a website covering aviation news – Namibia Air had been having financial and safety problems, with the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the travel industry seeming to be the final death blows.