Dear colleagues in the tourism industry,
Today (29 November) I received the news that Namibia has passed the ICAO audit that was ongoing for the last couple of days. This is excellent news as international air access to our country will at least for now continue unhindered.
Unfortunately, we are not yet in the clear in terms of air traffic in Namibia. On 08th
November 2018, the Minister of Works and Transport issued a government gazette
with far-reaching amendments to the Civil Aviation Act.
A key concern about the amendments
is that from 01st
January 2019 no commercial flights are allowed to unlicensed airfields. Most of the airstrips
used by lodges in remote areas are unlicensed.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has drafted an urgent letter to the Minister of Works and Transport
, which is very detailed with all the concerns about the amended regulations.
I, in turn, have drafted a letter to the Minister of Environment and Tourism
to inform him about this as well. You will find a copy of this attached as well.
Please note, that the new regulations as published in the Government Gazette
(also attached for your reference) will effectively ground most air charter operators from 01st
January 2019 and will have a significant impact on lodges that rely on guests being flown in.
We are awaiting the formal response from the Minister of Works and Transport, but the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is already exploring legal options to ensure that they can continue business.
I will keep the industry informed about any new developments.
To all associational partners: please feel free to share this email amongst your members.
(Federation of Namibian Tourism Associations)