03 December 2019, Namibia, Windhoek: An Airbus A 3
An Air Namibia Airbus A319 at Windhoek airport. (Photo by Oliver Berg/picture alliance via Getty Images)
  • Namibia's national airline has cancelled special repatriation flights from South Africa, one of which had been due to take off from Cape Town on Thursday.
  • Air Namibia would not tell local outlets why it had suddenly dropped its planned international charters.
  • The airline is due to restart full operation again at the end of June.
  • Last week, Namibian President Hage Geingob called for its liquidation.
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Air Namibia has "discontinued" all its charter flights – including special repatriation flights that had been due to take Namibians home from Johannesburg and Cape Town.

One such flight had been due to take off on Thursday.

The airline would not discuss the nitty-gritty details of the cancellations, according to one Namibian outlet, though it said there was "nothing sinister" in the cancellations.

Two other flights, from the United Kingdom and China, are also affected.

The airline's last repatriation flight, from Europe, landed on 4 June.

On the same day, Namibian President Hage Geingob called for its liquidation as an alternative to further bailouts.

The Namibian government is the airline's sole shareholder.

Air Namibia restarted much of its domestic service on 6 May, and had planned to resume scheduled international flights, including to South Africa, in July.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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