Angola: Luanda and Beijing linked by air as of October

30 September 2008

Luanda, Angola, 30 Sept – Angola and China plan to set up direct air links between their respective capitals as of October, Angolan state newspaper Jornal de Angola reported.

Under the terms of a deal signed last Thursday in Beijing, Angola’s Taag airline and Chinese carriers will start flying from Luanda to Beijing and Guangzhou, the paper said.

The Taag’s deputy sales director, Jacinto Júnior told the paper that the airline was currently waiting for the Chinese aeronautical authorities to attribute schedules and airspace to the flights.

“The feasibility of the route is more than proven given the number of Chinese companies operating in Angola,” Júnior said.

Angolan radio station, Rádio Nacional de Angola said this week that it would likely be Hainan Airline and Oriental Sky Aviation that would be granted contracts to fly to Luanda.

In 2008, Angolan airline Taag was banned from flying in European airspace due to safety issues. (macauhub)