Brazil: Brazilian airline Air Puma interested in flying to Luanda

22 April 2009

Luanda, Angola, 22 April – Brazilian airline Air Puma is interested in carrying out flights to Luanda as of the end of May, and is now awaiting official authorisation to do so, a source from the Brazilian Tourism Ministry told Angolan news agency Angop Tuesday.

According to the source, the operation by the private airline is now only dependent on authorisation from the Brazilian aeronautical regulator, which is analysing the project in order to give the go ahead for flights to start.

Air Puma’s programme includes flights to link Sao Paulo and Recife to Luanda, initially with two flights per week.

The reason for carrying out this operation in Angola is that most of the Brazilians that travel to Angola live outside Rio de Janeiro, from which flights to Luanda leave, the Tourism Ministry source said.

Around 30,000 Brazilians currently live in Angola working in various sectors, including construction, in which Brazilian companies Norberto Odebrecht, Queirós Galvão and Andrade Gutierrez work, amongst others, are involved in their own projects, as well as in building and repairing airports, roads and bridges.

In 2008 around 25,000 Angolans travelled to Brazil as tourists, whilst some 22,000 Brazilains travelled to Angola on business.

Puma Air Linhas Aéreas, which uses Embraer 120 aircraft, is a passenger and cargo transport company, with headquarters in Belém, the capital of the northern state of Pará and has been operating since January 2002. (macauhub)