Updates : Air travel

Airlines are queuing up to fly to Angola or to increase their frequencies. Here are some of the latest planned changes:

Arik Air starts non stop flights from Lagos to Luanda, Angola

Arik Air is to begin scheduled flights from its hub in Lagos to the Angolan capital, Luanda, becoming the first and only Nigerian carrier to operate scheduled flights between the two cities. The first flight is to launch on 13th December (2011) and will operate twice weekly on a Tuesday and Saturday.
The outbound flight will depart Lagos Murtala Muhammed International every Tuesday at 07:00am (local time), arrive in Luanda at 10:10am (local time) with the inbound flight leaving Luanda at 11:50am and arriving back to Lagos at 2:55pm.
Every Saturday, the outbound flight departs Lagos at 02:00am and arrives in Luanda at 05:05am. The inbound flight leaves Luanda at 07:00am and arrives in Lagos at 10:05am. Passengers on Arik’s international routes from London (UK), Dakar (Senegal), Accra (Ghana) and Cotonou (Benin) can connect onwards to Luanda with convenient connections in both directions.
The Lagos – Luanda route will be served with a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft. The 737-800 is a two class compartment and the configuration is 16 Business Class seats and 132 Economy Class. Business Class passengers can enjoy a 44” seat pitch, cradle style seat with 8.6” individual screens. Economy Class passengers will equally enjoy plenty of room on the 3h 10min flight with a seat pitch of 34”.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO/ President Arik Air, said of the new route; “We are pleased to announce the launch of operations to a new destination, our second sub-Saharan and ninth African point. Luanda is a strategically important capital for the oil & gas and extraction industry and this new route offers increased availability and capacity to the capital as well as introducing the first route between Lagos and Luanda.
“We are sure the partnership with TAAG is going to be a great success and of mutual benefit to both airlines. We can offer TAAG access to an extensive West African and Nigerian network and, similarly, it can offer our passengers the ability to utilize its domestic network and regional network incorporating 23 destinations in southern, eastern and West Af
rica http://www.tourism-guide.in/news/Arik-Air-starts-non-stop-flights-from-Lagos-to-Luanda,-Angola.html. Posted December 2011

Effective 14 November 2011, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will launch scheduled flights between Amsterdam and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda, Angola. The twice-weekly service will be offered to Luanda using Boeing 777-200 equipment. Together with
Air France, KLM will be offering a total of four weekly flights to Luanda.

With effect from 14 November 2011, flight KL581 will depart from Schiphol on Mondays at 13:20 and arrive in Luanda on the same day at 21:55. The return flight (KL582) will depart from Luanda at 23:55, arriving back in Amsterdam on the following day at 08:30.

Flight KL583 will depart from Schiphol on Fridays at 13:20 and arrive in Luanda on the same day at 21:55. The return flight will depart later that night at 01:15, arriving back at Schiphol the next day at 09:45. Posted Sept 2011


Angolan flag carrier TAAG opened a new route from Luanda to Havana, state news agency Angop reported. Cubana de Aviación is already flying the route. TAAG uses a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Angola and Cuba are long-standing partners. Hundreds of Angolans study in Cuba, and Cuban doctors and engineers are assisting Angolans in the African country. Meanwhile, state oil company Sonangol is supporting its Cuban peer, Cupet, in oil ventures in Angola. Posted August 2011

Angolan air carrier TAAG due to launch Luanda-Porto route in July. Angola’s national airline TAAG is due to launch a direct twice-weekly flight between Luanda and Porto in Portugal from July. The flights will be on Fridays and Sundays. Posted June 2011

Iberia to launch a Madrid to Luanda service. Starting on September 30 Iberia will fly to Luanda, becoming the first airline to make non-stop flights between Spain and Angola. Spain’s first-ever air link to Luanda is expected to enhance trade relations between Spain and the expanding market of Angola.

Iberia has scheduled two weekly frequencies –Mondays and Fridays– between Madrid and Luanda, using Airbus A340/300s, and timed to ensure good connections to the more than 100 destinations the company offers in Europe and the Americas.

Iberia forecasts that it will carry an average of 3,000 passengers every month, of which nearly 70% will connect from different Spanish cities and other European countries. Posted May 2011

Luanda – The Angolan State-run Airline (TAAG) has  suspended its flights to central Huambo province from May 2 to July 31, due to the closure of local Albano Machado airport for works on its runway.   TAAG will keep flying to neighbouring Kuito city, central Bie province, where Huambo passengers will be fully catered for. A note from the airline states that passengers who have already purchased their tickets should approach TAAG shops for refund. The company says flights to Huambo will resume as soon as the runway repair works reach completion. Posted May 2011

Source: ANGOP

Private air company, Air Gemini has requested the Angolan civil aviation authorities revoke its air operation licence. As a result Air Gemini is no longer flying. Source: ANGOP Posted March 2011

Delta postpones the launch of its Atlanta/Luanda route. The new airline flight schedule to fly from Atlanta to Luanda, Angola by Delta Air Lines Inc. has been canceled. The airline was to launch its first flight from Atlanta to Luanda on January 20 but cancelled it due to weak consumer demand.

Delta gained government approvals for the route in 2010 after a two-year application process.

Delta spokesman Kent Landers said “We retain the necessary government approvals to start the route at a future date.” He did not say when Delta would retry the launch.

The Atlanta-Luanda flight was to include a stop in Dakar, Senegal, which Delta currently serves from New York. The Atlanta-Dakar service will not begin independent of the Angola route, Landers said. Delta previously offered service from Atlanta to Dakar but moved it to New York in 2009.

Delta’s expansion into Africa has not always gone as planned. In 2009, planned flight launches to Nairobi, Kenya, and Monrovia, Liberia, were nixed by the US Transportation Security Administration, which cited insufficient security at the African airports.

Delta launched the Liberia flight in 2010 but has yet to begin Kenya service. The company offers service from New York to Cairo.

Source: http://www.petroleumafrica.com/en/newsarticle.php?NewsID=10921 Posted January 2011

Fly540 Angola, the country’s first International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) registered privately owned commercial airline, is to begin operations. Fly540 is operated by Africa-focused investment holding company Lonrho Plc. It is expected to fly from Luanda to Cabinda, Soyo, Benguela, Huambo and Malanje. Posted December 2010

Fly540 Angola close to commence Operations by end of 2010

Lonrho is due to start operating the first private commercial airline in Angola, with daily flights due to begin next week, the chief executive of the group said whilst presenting the group’s results for the financial year ending in September.

“We are going to start operating flights from Luanda to Cabinda and to Soyo next week,” said David Lenigas, adding that initially the company would operate with a single aircraft, with a further two due to arrive in angola in four to six weeks.

Lonrho, which is a stakeholding company with assets in 17 African countries, already owns Fly540, an airline operating in Kenya since 2006, and competition in Angola is made up of charter flight companies.

“The demand for an international standard domestic and regional airline in the booming Angolan economy is clearly evident. The establishment of Fly540 Angola and the process of launching the first private sector International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) registered airline for Angola has been a long and difficult procedure. This has involved the training and education of staff to the standards required for an international airline. Fly540 Angola should commence commercial operation by the end of 2010”,the company said on its website.

The chief executive of Lonrho also said that in the first quarter of 2011, Fly54 would set up a regional operation in the capital of Ghana, Accra, from where it would fly to Senegal and Equatorial Guinea. Posted December 2010

The Mozambique Airlines (LAM) will Wednesday launch a ne w weekly Luanda-Maputo flight, increasing to three the number of its flights on t hat route, the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported here quoting a press statement from LAM.

According to the statement, the flight will be operated on Wednesdays, with departures from Luanda, the Angolan capital, at 3 pm and arrival in Maputo, Mozambique, at 7 pm.

The other two flights (Mondays and Fridays) are being operated by an Embraer 190 aircraft. Posted November 2010

Leading African airline Kenya Airways (KQ) recently announced its plans to broaden its network by  flying into Angola’s capital city, Luanda, starting 17 August 2010.  After successfully securing KQ’s landing rights with the Angolan aviation authorities, Dr Titus Naikuni, Group Managing Director and CEO confirmed that the new route will not only be a key destination for the airline, but will also mark a major milestone in growing its African network.

“We expect to commence operations with two flights a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, which will operate as a code share with TAAG Angolan Airlines between Luanda and Nairobi, maximising connections from Angola to the rest of the world and vice versa.” Naikuni said.

Rosemary Adogo, Area Manager Southern Africa, ” With the introduction of the Angola route, Kenya Airways will now fly to 50 destinations worldwide, with 41 being in Africa, ensuring that we are firmly pursuing our expansion into the continent, making us the forerunners in connecting Africa to Africa and beyond.”

This new route is expected to service traders, corporate executives and leisure travellers and will afford passengers optimum connectivity times into Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Europe through its hub in Nairobi at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). In addition, Kenya Airways have also appointed Belchix as their Ground Service Agent in Angola. Posted July 2010

The European Commission has  updated  the  list of airlines banned in the European Union. The restrictions placed on TAAG  are partially lifted and the airline is now allowed to operate under certain strict conditions with specific aircraft to all destinations in the EU, not just to Lisbon as previously. Posted March 2010

Much needed renovations at Luanda international airport have largely been completed. Benguela and Catumbela airports have also been upgraded. A new international airport (Mukanka) at Lubango has now opened. Posted December 2009

TAAG is to begin a twice weekly service to Cape Town. Posted November 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 3 Nov – Angolan airline TAAG began weekly flights between Luanda and Praia on Thursday, “diverting” from Sal, where there will be a twice-monthly flight, with a stop, to Havana.

The inaugural flight, a Boeing with capacity for 120 passengers, arrived Thursday night at the Cape Verdean capital, departing Friday at midday to return to Luanda.

Angola and Cape Verde will be connected weekly between Luanda and Praia and twice-monthly between Luanda and Sal, a flight which will begin on 18th November.

Henrique Batalha, Taag’s representative in Cape Verde, told the press that difficulties of a logistical nature, namely aircraft refuelling, had already been overcome. Posted November 2009

Emirates’ new thrice weekly Dubai – Luanda service launches today, 25 Oct 2009. Flights are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Dubai at 10.00 and arriving Luanda at 15.10. The return flight leaves Luanda at 18.00. Posted October 2009

Atlas Air has been selected to replace World Airways to operate the Houston Express (an outsourced premium passenger private charter service for the U.S.-Africa Energy Association). Posted October 2009

Keep an eye on the Interair website as the Twittersphere is mentioning that this South African company will begin flights to Angola in November 2009. Posted October 2009

China’s Hainan Airlines has begun flights from Beijing to Luanda via Dubai. The airline is the first Chinese airline to operate flights to Angola .Flight HU 7923 departs Beijing Capital Airport every Monday and Thursday at 1910 hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0030 hrs the next day before taking off from the emirate at 0340 hrs for Luanda, where it arrives at 0900 hrs. The return flight, HU 7924, departs Luanda at 1100 hrs on Tuesdays and Fridays, landing in Dubai at 2130 hrs and taking off again at 0010 hrs the next day to arrive back in Beijing at 1230 hrs.

Founded in 1993, Hainan Airlines is China’s largest privately-owned aviation company and operates a fleet of 91 Airbus , the airline operates more than 500 domestic and international flights to more than 90 destinations.

For more information, visit www.hnair.com. Posted October 2009

Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) will begin service between Maputo, Mozambique and Luanda Angola on November 16. Flights will operate 2x per week on Mondays and Fridays using E190 aircraft.

TM470 MPM – LAD: 1100 – 1340
TM471 LAD – MPM: 1440 – 1910

Posted 11 October 2009

TAAG re-opens Luanda/Saurimo route (Report dated 17 Sept 09)

TAAG reopened on Wednesday the Luanda/Saurimo/Luanda route after a year and half hiatus due to the closing of the Saurimo airport, in north-eastern Lunda Sul province, for rehabilitation works. According to the commercial director of TAAG, Paulo Silva, this shall be the plan that will be used in this route, every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Before this, TAAG had also resumed its flights to the city of Kuito (central Bié province) last August 31, after a seven-year hiatus. According to a source from the National Company for the Exploration of Airports and Air Navigation (ENANA), the next airport to be reopened will be that of Luena city, capital of eastern Moxico province. This info came from the Angolan News Agency

BA is to start a second frequency from 2 October 2009. Departing London Heathrow on Tuesdays 1820/0410 and returning from Luanda Wednesdays 2355/0730. Posted September 2009

Brussels Airline has expressed a wish to increase its frequencies from Amsterdam from two a week to three a week. Posted September 2009

Italian airline Blue Panorama has expressed a wish to begin flying to and from Italy. Posted September 2009

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