Angolan airline Air Gemini wants to launch international flights

17 September 2007

Luanda, Angola, 17 Sept – Angolan airline Air Gemini has asked for authorization from the Angolan authorities to launch international routes, said the chairman of the Angolan air carrier, majority-owned by Escom, of Portuguese group Espírito Santo.

In an interview with Angolan newspaper, Jornal de Angola, Miguel Pinto Mascaranhas said that the carrier, the country’s largest private carrier and which carries out only domestic flights, is currently waiting for a response from the Angolan authorities, but was already “adapting itself to the next challenges.”

“Nowadays its is possible for a passenger to buy an Air Gemini ticket in many parts of the world, as the company has made agreements with most tour operators to sell our tickets internationally,” he said.

The new international flights, he added, would make its possible to increase profitability of the fleet, at a time when Air Gemini is looking to buy new aircraft.

Between 2004 and 2006, Mascarenhas said, the carrier increased its turnover by 80 percent.

Last year it transported 230,000 passengers and made a profit for the first time, Mascarenhas said. (macauhub)