Lonrho to launch commercial flights in Angola

7 December 2010

London, United Kingdom, 7 Dec – Lonrho is due to start operating the first private commercial airline in Angola, with daily flights due to begin next week, the chief executive of the group said whilst presenting the group’s results for the financial year ending in September.

“We are going to start operating flights from Luanda to Cabinda and to Soyo next week,” said David Lenigas, adding that initially the company would operate with a single aircraft, with a further two due to arrive in angola in four to six weeks.

Lonrho, which is a stakeholding company with assets in 17 African countries, already owns Fly540, an airline operating in Kenya since 2006, and competition in Angola is made up of charter flight companies.

Lenigas also said that the airline in Angola would increase the number of domestic routes to six and also have six aircraft over the next six months.

The chief executive of Lonrho also said that in the first quarter of 2011, Fly54 would set up a regional operation in the capital of Ghana, Accra, from where it would fly to Senegal and Equatorial Guinea. (macauhub)