Angolan state airline wants flights to China

13 June 2007

Luanda, Angola, 13 June – Angola has presented a proposal by state airline Taag to carry our scheduled flights to China due to increased demand for this route, said Gaspar Santos of Angola’s aviation regulator, Inavic, in Luanda Tuesday.

Santos, head of the Air Transport department of Inavic, cited by Angolan news agency Angop, said that “demand by passengers, on the route to China, has increased a lot of late, leading Ethiopian Airlines to increase its flights, from two to three per week.”

Currently, passengers travelling from Angola to China use flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines, and stop off in the Ethiopian capital of Addis-Ababa.

Santos said that the governments of Angola and China may sign, this year, an agreement to open up an air route between the two countries and added that new agreements between Angola and other countries, namely Germany, the Netherlands, Botswana, Benin, the Central African Republic and Gabon, were being analyzed.

In February, China Southern Airlines announced it would start a flight this year from Guangzhou to Luanda.

The flight is one of 10 other international routes China Southern is launching from Guangzhou, its operating hub in the capital of Guangdong province. (macauhub)