Angola: Lufthansa plans to increase number of flights to Angola

8 October 2008

Luanda, Angola, 8 Oct – German airline Lufthansa plans to add a weekly flight to Angola, taking the total to two flights a week, the company’s southern and eastern Africa director, Gabriel Leupold said Monday in Luanda.

Leupold, who was speaking at a press conference to evaluate the airline’s first six months of operations in Angola, noted that the Angolan marketing was one of the most promising in Africa for Lufthansa, transporting a total of around 440 people a week, mainly business passengers.

“We are in regular contact with the Angolan authorities. We are continuing to negotiate to open up more weekly flights to Luanda,” he said added that so far there was no reason for complaint by the company, as the market was attractive in terms of investments and it was hoped that by December the authorities would open up the way to an increase in flights.

According to Leupold, the Luanda/Frankfurt route, which was launched in April, was exceeding expectations, having generated a lot of German interest in Angola.

The once-a-week flight is currently carried out using na Airbus A340-300 with the capacity to carry 221 passengers. The German airline’s other African destinations are South Africa, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia. (macauhub)