The Luanda-Porto route of Angolan airline Taag posted year-on-year growth of 43 percent in July, in which it carried 4,275 passengers to the northern Portuguese city, said the chairman of the airline, Pimentel Araújo.
Between July 2011 and 15 August, 2012, Taag’s aircraft carried around 40,500 passengers on the route, which was lower than the airline’s estimate when it launched the route, which was a figure of 50,000 passengers per year.
The shortfall in relation to the initial projection does not worry the company’s board, and the chairman said that the Porto route, “has been a great success,” given that, “it has developed in a positive way since it was launched, with continued growth in the number of passengers.”
According to figures from the company, cited by the Angolan press, the passengers on the route accounted for around 20 percent of the passengers that fly with Taag to and from Portugal.
The figures also showed that, in 2011, between July and December, an average of 2,650 passengers per month were carried as compared to 3,250 passengers per month in 2012, from January to July, which is growth of 23 percent.
Taag started linking the international airports of Luanda and Porto on 2 July, 2011 following a request made to the Portuguese authorities, in November, 2010. (macauhub)