Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines want to fly to Luanda

5 May 2014

Foreign Airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines, have shown interest in flying to Angola, and are now waiting for authorisation to do so, Angola’s Civil Aviation Authority said last week.

During a seminar on tourism in Africa, as part of the activities of the 56th Meeting of the Commission of the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) for Africa, held in the Angolan capital from 28 to 30 April, the head of the Civil Aviation Institute (Inavic) said that the request were still being analysed.

Rui Carreira noted that 4 de Fevereiro International Airport (Luanda) did not have capacity to receive more flights or to build more facilities that would allow it to receive larger aircraft.

“When the new airport in Luanda starts operating, and it is practically built, we will be able to respond to requests from a number of foreign Airlines interested in flying to Angola,” said the chairman of Inavic.

According to the chairman, when the new airport opens and considering interest from Airlines in operating in the country “we hope that Angola will become a hub in the region in terms of passengers and cargo, thus helping to promote tourism in Africa.”

The airlines that operate in Angola include South African Airlines, Air Namibia (Namibia) and Ethiopian Airlines, TAP (Portugal), Air France, British Airways, KLM (the Netherlands), Lufthansa (Germany), Iberia (Spain), Brussels Airlines (Belgium) and Emirates (United Arab Emirates). (macauhub/AO)