Angola: Luanda and Beijing could get air link this year

8 August 2008

Beijing, China, 8 Aug – The Angolan and Chinese capitals could soon have regular air services, Angola’s ambassador to China, João Manuel Bernardo has said.

Cited by state news agency Angop, Bernardo said plans are well advanced for Angolan carrier TAAG to launch a Beijing route by the year’s end. Angola’s expatriate community in China “despite of diversification is not big”, added the diplomat, but boosted bilateral cooperation will benefit from the new air route.

Angola’s emmigrant community in China is mainly resident in the south of the country and involved in temporary business ventures, noted Bernardo.

Formerly Angola’s education minister, Bernardo has been his country’s envoy to Beijing for six years after previously serving as provincial governor of Malanje and at Angola’s embassy in Cuba. (macauhub)