Angolan airline TAAG negotiates partnership with Air Bissau

15 March 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 15 March – Angolan airline TAAG is in “advanced” negotiations to become a partner of Air Bissau Internacional, the new Guinea Bissau airline, and is expected to carry out the Bissau-Lisbon link on its behalf, the Guinea Bissau transport Minister said Thursday.

In an interview with Portuguese news agency Lusa, on the sidelines of an International Sea Transport Conference, Admiro Nelson Belo said that there were “several” other parties interested in the partnership with the private Guinean airline, but “work with TAAG is very advanced.”

Around a month ago, TAAG started operating a link between Sao Tome and Lisbon on behalf of recently created STP Airways.

As with the Sao tome case, the route between Bissau and Lisbon was brought to an end in September, with the bankruptcy of Air Luxor.

According to Belo, with the likely partnership it would be possible for Air Bissau Internacional to “explore other regional routes held by Guinea Bissau,” as part of bilateral agreements, such as Dakar (Senegal), Cape Verde, Banjul (Gambia) and Conakry (Guinea).

Belo added that in December a request was made for the new airline to fly to Lisbon.

This request, he said, was approved by the Portuguese Transport Minister and forwarded to the Portuguese aviation authority.

Lisbon and Bissau are currently linked by a weekly flight on a Friday run by TAP, although the Portuguese airline, in partnership with Air Senegal, also carries out the same route via Dakar. (macauhub)