Posts Tagged ‘Transport’

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

December 10, 2011

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



Benguela railroad in Angola expected to reach Zambian border in 2012

December 2, 2011

Lobito, Angola, 28 Nov – Angola’s Benguela railroad is die to arrive at the Zambian border in 2012, the Angolan Transport Minister said in Lobito adding that it was necessary for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, “to do their work,” to have “links between the railroad networks.” More…..

Luanda – airport maintenance affects some flights

September 23, 2011

From media and airline reports: Unscheduled runway maintenance at Luanda Airport through 28 Sept. 2011 is affecting flights on several airlines. In some cases, flights are being shifted to other aircraft, but in others, flights are being cancelled on selected days, or being diverted to other airports.

Affected airlines include South African Airways, Lufthansa, British Airways and AirFrance. Emirates airline has cancelled all flights through 28 September. Check with your carrier for specific details and arrangements

Rail link re-established between Lobito and Benguela

September 21, 2011

A passenger and freight rail link has been re-established between Lobito and Benguela. The new 4 carriage long Chinese built trains carry 256 passengers. The cost of a ticket is 50 Kwanzas and there is a fine of 300 Kwanzas for those caught travelling without a ticket.

Initially there will be two trains daily, stopping at Catumbela, Negrão Damba-Maria and Universidade Jean Piaget stations.

The trains leave Benguela and Lobito stations at 0600 each day, arriving 65 minutes later. The return journey leaves each station at 1700.

KLM to fly into Luanda

September 9, 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

Angolan airline TAAG opens route to Havana

August 1, 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

Angolan air carrier TAAG due to launch Luanda-Porto route in July

June 13, 2011

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.

Comboio volta apitar no Huambo dentro de 60 dias

June 13, 2011

Huambo – O comboio do caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB), volta a apitar definitivamente na província do Huambo dentro de 60 dias, depois de 27 anos de paralisação, anunciou hoje, nesta cidade, o ministro dos Transportes, Augusto da Silva Tomás.

Augusto Tomás anunciou o facto no final da sua viagem de comboio vindo da província de Benguela, onde foi fiscalizar o grau de execução das obras realizadas ao longo da linha-férrea.

“Vamos trabalhar para completar tudo o que é necessário, corrigir o que se pode e criar condições para que dentro de 60 dias o mais tardar, o comboio volte a apitar no Huambo de forma definitiva e em Setembro possa chegar a província do Bié para devolver a

alegria a população desta região”, destacou.

O governante referiu que o país vive um ciclo de reconstrução, reconciliação e de paz, pois tudo o que no passado era um sonho começa a ser transformado em realidade.

Afirmou que as obras foram acompanhadas pela fiscalização, seguiram as regras estabelecidas internacionalmente e os prazos foram na medida do possível respeitados.

“Chegou o momento do povo angolano em particular o das províncias do Huambo, Bié e Moxico voltarem a sorrir como no passado”.

Por seu turno, o governador da província do Huambo, Fernando Faustino Muteka, lançou um repto aos homens de negócios pois que, com o comboio a funcionar haverá maior facilidade de movimentação das mercadorias e a qualidade de vida da população vai melhorar.

Faustino Muteka destacou que, o reinício da circulação do comboio vai permitir a criação de novos postos de trabalho, a chegada da mercadoria de forma segura ao mesmo tempo que vai contribuir para o ressurgimento do sector industrial numa altura que está em fase de conclusão a barragem hidroeléctrica do Ngove.

A chegada do comboio experimental a estação da cidade do Huambo foi testemunhada por milhares de cidadãos, membros do executivo local, representantes de partidos políticos e entidades religiosas.


Iberia to launch a Madrid/Luanda service

May 27, 2011


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.

Angolan civil aviation autorities suspend 6 airlines

April 24, 2011

INAVIC suspends six airlines

Luanda – The National Civil Aviation Institute (INAVIC) has suspended the operations of airlines Angola Air Services, Gira Globo, Mavewa, Air Nave, Guicango and Diexim.

The information is contained in a communiqué issued by INAVIC, made available to Angop on Wednesday, in Luanda, that adds that the suspension is due to the fact of non-completion of their technical certification process on time.

The National Institute of Civil Aviation is an organizational structure designed to administer all civil aviation activities in Angola. Under the Ministry of Transport, the Institute aims at social coordination, guidance, control, supervision, licensing and regulation of all activities related to civil aviation developed in Angola or in the airspace under its jurisdiction.

Source: ANGOP

Angola : Air Gemini ceases its flights

March 12, 2011

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

Angola: Companhia Air Gemini solicita suspensão da licença de aviação

March 12, 2011

  Luanda – A companhia aérea privada angolana Air Gemini solicitou, ao Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil (INAVIC), a suspensão da sua licença de operação aérea, revelou hoje (sexta-feira), em Luanda, o director de Segurança Operacional da instituição, comandante Francisco Chocolate.

De acordo com o responsável, que evitou entrar em pormenores sobre as causas da solicitação, a mesma (a cessação) ocorreu num momento em que a companhia encontrava-se no processo de certificação. “As operações da Air Gemini estão canceladas a seu pedido”, disse sem outros detalhes. Explicou que para que a companhia volte a operar, visto que quando pediu o cancelamento das suas licenças encontrava-se num processo de certificação, “terá que recomeçar um processo novo de certificação, só assim voltará a voar”, esclareceu o responsável.
Por outro lado informou que o Serviço Executivo Aéreo de Angola (SEAA), com sede na cidade do Lubango (Huíla), candidata a operar no mercado nacional, iniciou um processo de certificação técnica junto do INAVIC que até ao momento ainda não foi concluído, acrescentando que a operadora só poderá fazer voos comerciais quando for autorizada, visto que o “processo de certificação depende, muitas das vezes, do próprio empenho da empresas”.  Revelou que o processo de certificação de muitas companhias ainda não foram concluídos, estando o INAVIC a trabalhar intensamente para que sejam finalizados ainda este ano.
“Caso os processos não correspondam com os elementos previstos nas normas e manuais internacionais da ICAO, IATA, assim como as orientações do Ministério dos Transportes de Angola, estas empresas poderão ver as suas operações suspensas, sobretudo por haver questões de segurança a prevenir nas operações”, pontualizou.

Fonte: ANGOP

Namibe / Lubango road blocked due to bridge collapse

March 4, 2011

The road linking Namibe and Lubango is temporarily closed near to Namibe following the collapse of the bridge over the river Giraul following heavy rain. The bridge was renovated in 2004 and carries over 1000 vehicles a day. At the moment there is no date for reopening the bridge though diversions are in place.

Fantastic photos of new Luanda/Malanje train. Fotos fantásticos do novo comboio

February 19, 2011

Many thanks to Mitsu for forwarding these fantastic photos of the new Luanda/Malanje train

Muito obrigado a Mitsu por ter mandado estes fotos fantásticos do novo comboio Luanda /Malanje

 O comboio volta a apitar em Malanje

Changes to the Luanda/Malanje train timetable

February 2, 2011

CFL (Caminho de Ferro de Luanda) has announced changes to the timetable for passenger trains between Luanda and Malanje. The new timetable has trains leaving Viana station at 0500 on Mondays (Express service), Wednesdays (stopping service) and Fridays (Express service). Trains leave Malanje at 0730 for the return journey on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No trains will run on Saturdays.

The Express service will have stops of 20 minutes in N’dalatando and 10 minute stops in Lucala, Cacuso and Lombe.

Tickets are available for sale in Muceques, Viana, N’dalatando and Malanje stations.  Tickets for the stopping service cost 1500 Kwanzas.  Express tickets are 2000 or 7000 for first class.

As the train service is so new, please check the latest times with CFL before planning your journey

Delta postpones the launch of its new Atlanta/Luanda route

January 26, 2011

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.


Brilliant news: The Luanda/Malanje railway is now back in operation

January 13, 2011

The Luanda (Viana) / Ndalatando/ Malanje train route has reopened after an interval of over 18 years. The trains are brand-new Chinese built locos. The carriages are equipped with an entertainment system, restaurant and on-board police.

 There are two services – Comboio Expresso or Comboio Inter-Estações.

The Expresso service leaves Viana station at 0500 every Tuesday and Thursday and arrives in Malanje 423Kms away some 9 or 10 hours later. The only stop is at Ndalatando for 30 minutes. The service returns from Malanje to Viana every Wednesday and Saturday leaving at 07:30. Tickets cost 2000 Kwanzas and include 40kgs of hand baggage, breakfast and a copy of the Jornal de Angola. The Expresso can carry 329 passengers.

 The Comboio Inter-Estações runs a once a week service stopping at all stations for 10 minutes. Viana to Malanje is on Saturdays, leaving at 0500 and the return journey is on Sundays leaving at 07:30 Journey time to Malanje will be at least 12 hours and costs 1500 Kwanzas. The price includes 40 kgs of hand baggage and breakfast. This train has a capacity of 466 passengers.

All passengers for both services are required to arrive two hours before the departure time. Tickets are put on sale two days in advance and are available from Viana, Musseques, N’Dalatando and Malanje railway stations. ID must be shown in order to purchase tickets. Tickets must be bought in advance as they cannot be bought on the train. Tickets are valid for specified trains and are not refundable in the event of the passenger not travelling. Passengers found on the train without tickets will be asked to pay a fine and are liable to be put off at the next stop and handed into the police.

Hand baggage above 40kgs is charged at 20 Kwanzas per kilo. Accompanied baggage must be delivered one day before travelling and the price is 10 Kwanzas per kilo up to 500 kg.

 The information above has been gleaned from various press reports so travellers are advised to check all the details before making arrangements to travel by train.

Fly540 to begin flights in Angola

December 28, 2010

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.

Luanda/Malanje train line to begin regular service in January

December 28, 2010

A trip on the newly refurbished Luanda/Malanje railway which opens its passenger service on 13 January 2011 will cost 1000 Kwanzas or 2000 Kwanzas for the Expresso Service. The service can carry 400 passengers. The railway line had been closed for 18 years due to the armed conflict and a Chinese company has just completed renovating 424 km of track and building 20 new stations.


TAAG flies to Malanje again

December 28, 2010

TAAG Angolan airlines reports that it will begin flights to Malanje from 28  December. There will be 4 flights a week between Luanda and Malanje.  Thursdays and Sundays the route will be Luanda/Malange/Saurimo and Saurimo/Luanda. Wednesdays and Saturdays the route will be  Luanda/Saurimo/Malange/Luanda.