Angola rejects request by TAP – Air Portugal to increase flights to Luanda

5 July 2011

Lisbon, Portugal, 5 July – The Angolan authorities have rejected a request by Portuguese airline TAP – Air Portugal to increase its number of weekly flights to Luanda, the airline said in a statement issued Monday in Lisbon.

“Faced with a lack of authorisation from the Angolan authorities, TAP has been forced to suspend two of its extra weekly flights scheduled for the Lisbon-Luanda-Lisbon route beyond the 10 flights per week it currently runs for the Summer peak period from 4 July to mid-September,” the statement said.

Last Saturday, the Angolan ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica said that the new route established by Angolan airline Taag between Luanda and the northern Portuguese city of Porto was a positive move.

Saying that the Angolan government has a strategy of opening up more routes as part of the restructuring of the country’s flagship airline, the ambassador noted that the route inaugurated on Saturday had been a long-felt necessity by businesspeople from northern Portugal, where the largest companies that invest in Angola are located, particularly from the construction sector.

Initially the route between Luanda and Porto will operate twice a week. (macauhub)