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Dutch airline KLM announces new flights to Namibia and Iran

It’s about to get even easier to fly to Namibia with the announcement that Dutch airline KLM will begin flights to the African country this October.

Namib Desert, Namibia.
Namib Desert, Namibia. Image by Westend61/Getty Images

The airline will connect travellers from Amsterdam to Windhoek. At first, the journey will be linked through their existing flight to Luanda, the capital of Angola. The new route will fly three times a week and stop at Windhoek before continuing a further 95 minutes to Luanda after a short stopover. In a press release, KLM stated that it chose Namibia because it is both economically and politically stable, with a wealth of high-end eco-tourism highlights. Namibia is a growing tourist destination with projections for a growth of 8.8% per year until 2025. Its inclusion into KLM’s network bring its total number of flights into Africa up to 55 per week. The Namib desert was also a starring location in the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Golestan Palace in Tehran, Iran.
Golestan Palace in Tehran, Iran. Image by Fulvio Spada / CC BY-SA 2.0

In addition to adding another destination in Africa, the airline also announced it would resume its service to Tehran on 30 October. In the past, the airline operated the service from 1991 before suspending it in 2013. The announcement comes at a time when there is renewed interest in Iran as a travel destination, in part due to the better relations with Western countries. Its addition brings the total number of destinations KLM flies to in the Middle East up to nine.