New Era (Windhoek)

20 June 2014

Namibia: Air Namibia's AOC Extended, Embargoes Dangerous Goods

Windhoek — Air Namibia has advised all stakeholders, specifically within the travel trade, its clients and passengers that its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) has been extended.

"The AOC was extended late Monday afternoon and our business operations continue as normal. I further wish to assure our stakeholders that we are doing everything possible to attend to pending matters with the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA), which we have agreed to do during this extension period, and we commend the DCA for the cordial working relationship between our institutions," commented Rene Gsponer the acting managing director of Air Namibia.

Air Namibia also on Wednesday informed its stakeholders that it has placed and implemented a temporary embargo on the acceptance and handling of dangerous goods at Hosea Kutako International Airport with immediate effect.

"This embargo is necessitated by the current review of Air Namibia's processes of acceptance, handling and carriage of dangerous goods by the Namibian Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA). The situation is receiving high priority attention and both Air Namibia as the handler and the Directorate of Civil Aviation as the regulator are working around the clock to speed up the process," explained Air Namibia's spokesman, Paul Nakawa. He added that the airline would update the public upon the completion of the process to reinstate normal operations and handling of dangerous goods.

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