Air Namibia on Wednesday announced that it would introduce austerity measures on its regional routes, beginning Friday after the finance minister denied the national airline a state bailout in October.
The national flag carrier said in a statement by its Interim Chief Executive Officer Xavier Masule that it would be re-aligning its economy class onboard meal and beverage offerings on all flights of 2.5 hours.
The new service offering in economy class will include a dry snack option with juice, still or sparkling water that will be offered in place of hot meals previously served.
This applies to all flights with a duration of 2.5 hours and less irrespective of the time of departure or aircraft type.
Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wines, and spirits, as well as hot beverages such as tea and coffee, will no longer be on offer.
The interim executive officer added that the service offering on the airline’s international route would remain unchanged.
Masule said that the austerity measures constituted one of the many initiatives Air Namibia was in the process of implementing to enhance revenue and to cut costs.
“As a trendsetter in the region, the move is geared toward making our business operations more financially sustainable and to re-align with today’s realities,’’ he added.
The move came as the Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein, in October denied the financially struggling national flag carrier a 2 billion Namibian dollars (135 million U.S. dollars) cash injection.
Speaking at a midterm budget review breakfast in the capital in October Schlettwein said no money has been made available to bail out the national airline.
The national airline which has received 8.3 billion Namibian dollars from the state between 1999 and 2019. (Xinhua /NAN)
(Edited by Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN))