Portuguese entrepreneurs mull creation of low-cost airline to serve PALOPs

26 June 2006

Porto, Portugal, 26 June (Lusa) – The chairman of the Afro-Lusitania Foundation, António Vilar, said Monday that he has been in contact with Portuguese businessmen with a view to creating a low-cost airline to link the Portuguese-speaking African Countries, or PALOPs.

“There are Portuguese entrepreneurs in the aviation sector who have already undertaken this type of project”, said Vilar, admitting that the initiative could be “difficult” to develop because of the existence of many vested interests in the industry who would oppose such a move.

Vilar was speaking in Porto on the margins of a conference on “The Angolan Market, Challenges and Opportunities between Yesterday and Tomorrow”, promoted by the Afro-Lusitania Foundation, chaired by Ernani Lopes, and attended by various Luanda government officials.

Flights between Portugal and Angola are currently “always full”, noted Vilar, and many passengers use connecting flights via Frankfurt, Paris or Madrid as an alternative route.

Flights from Angola to Portugal do not always need to arrive in Lisbon, as “80 percent of people who travel from that country to Portugal come to the north of the country”, said Vilar. (macauhub)