Court Grants Air Namibia Reprieve After Grounding OrderJuly 9, 2020
A Namibian court suspended a decision taken earlier by the country’s Transportation Commission to ground the country national airline’s fleet. The decision to suspend Air Namibia’s Scheduled Air Services License had been taken on Monday July 6th, 2020 after it was determined that the airline was no longer financially capable of providing “safe, satisfactory and reliable air services” as required by the Air Services Act.
On wednesday, a high court however decided to grant the airline a reprieve a few hours before the decision 11:59 pm deadline. The temporary measure is granting the airline until July 22nd to present to the Transportation Commission new evidences that it has secured the financial resources required to comply with the Air Services Act. According to the New York Times, the carrier which is in urgent need of 8 billion Namibian dollars ($469 million) in funds operates a fleet of ten aircraft while hiring some 800 people.