Angola: Lufthansa plans to increase presence in Angola

20 November 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 20 Dec – German airline Lufthansa has been in contact with the Angolan authorities to be granted authorisation to launch an additional flight between Luanda and Frankfurt, due to the success of the existing flight, the airline’s vice president for European Sales and Services said Wednesday in Lisbon.

At a meeting with journalists, Karsten Benz said that “there is potential yp increase Lufthansa’s presence in Angola,” as teh weekly flights to Luanda, “are a success,” with a load factor of around 80 percent.

“We are in talks with the [Angolan] authorities to have an extra flight between Frankfurt and Luanda,” he said, Adding that the German airline was interested in boosting cooperation with the local authorities.

The success of the flights between the two countries was linked, he said, not only to the Angolan passenger market, but also to the business segment, related to the Angolan oil sector.

Benz said that 2008 was a year of success for Lufthansa, with the company growing and increasing its capacity by number of routes, offering 11 new destinations, although it noted that the first quarter had not met expectations.

This year the company expects to achieve an operating profit of 1.1 billion euros, as compared to 1.4 billion in 2007. (macauhub)