Luthansa airline doubles number of flights between Frankfurt and Luanda, Angola

16 June 2009

Luanda, Angola, 16 June – German airline Lufthansa said Monday in Luanda it planned to open up a second weekly flight to Angola, between Luanda and Frankfurt, after a year of a once-a-week flight with a load factor of over 70 percent.

In a public presentation in Luanda, executive vice president of Lufthansa for Services and human Resources, Karl Garnadt said the airline planned further increases to its weekly flights.

Garnadt also spoke about the relationship Lufthansa had with Angolan operator Taag, noting that his company currently carried out maintenance on Angola’s Boeing 777s and said that this partnership could expand to areas such as catering and cargo.

“Lufthansa is open to cooperation in all sectors with Taag, said Garnadt, adding that there were “indications” that the Angolan flagship carrier “may be authorised soon to re-open flights with its own aircraft to Europe.”

Since July 2007 Taag has been prevented from flying in European air space because it was included on the European Commission’s blacklist, after French experts identified safety problems.

Lufthansa has been flying o Africa since the beginning of 1960 and to Angola since 1 April, 2008.

The Lufthansa group is one of the main air transport groups worldwide, includes over 400 subsidiaries and affiliates, working in business segments that include companies for passengers, logistics, repairs and audits, catering, leisure travel and other services.

Lufthansa’s passengers have over 4,600 flights per week to choose from to 107 destinations in Europe and 23 cities in the United States, with links to the airline’s hub airport in Frankfurt.

Lufthansa’s 513 aircraft transport over 62 million passengers every year around the world, as well as 1.58 million tonnes of cargo. (macauhub)