Spanish airline Iberia opens up Madrid-Luanda route in September

27 July 2011

Luanda, Angola, 27 July – Spanish flagship airline Iberia plans to launch flights between Madrid and Luanda in September, as part of a number of activities that aim to, “boost economic and commercial relations,” between Angola and Spain.

The economic and commercial attaché for the Spanish embassy in Angola, Manuel Sánchez Melero, noting that trade between the two countries was “still insufficient,” told Angolan news agency Angop that Iberia thus became the second large Spanish company to do business in Angola, after oil company Repsol.

The diplomat said that Iberia’s inaugural flight would be run on Friday 30 and would be on a code-share with Angolan airline Taag.

Last week, Spain’s ambassador to Angola, José Maria Bolibar, said that in 2010 Luanda had imported goods worth 470 million euros from Spain and in the same period Spain had imported goods from Angola totalling 280 million euros.

Speaking at the Luanda International Fair, on the day to commemorate Spain at the event, the diplomat said that amongst other goods, Angola exported oil to Spain and imported engineering, construction and food goods as well as those linked to the agricultural sector. (macauhub)