The future Luanda International Airport, built by Angola-Chinese cooperation, beyond being a base for Angola’s flagship airline will be the hub of a partnership between TAAG and Emirates Airlines on a global scale.
According to the Africa Monitor newsletter the agreement for the TAAG-Emirates partnership is due to be signed soon in Luanda and includes setting up a hub for central Africa at Luanda’s new airport, which will operate in conjunction with the Dubai hub, which is one of the busiest in the world.
The newsletter also said that the partnership was intended to “attract” a considerable amount of regional and international passenger and cargo traffic to both airlines, and the two are expected to code-share on routes starting or ending in Luanda.
TAAG will focus its operations on routes from Luanda to Europe whilst Emirates will focus on Asia and South America.
In practice, Africa Monitor says, TAAG will reduce or even stop flights to destinations in China and Brazil, and these routes will be run by Emirates.
Amsterdam, London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Rome (or Milan) are the new destinations to which TAAG plans to expand its operation in Europe.
Its own fleet of three Boeing-777-300 used on its flights to Europe, which will increase by one aircraft due to be received by the end of June, may be joined by aircraft provided or leased by Emirates, including Airbus 380s, on flights to Lisbon, for example.
The new Luanda International Airport is being built in the Bom Jesus area of the municipality of Icolo e Bengo.
Ju Li Zhao, the general representative in Angola of the company building the airport, the China International Fund Ltd, recently told Angolan news agency Angop that annual passenger traffic at the new airport was expected to total 1.5 million people.
The northern runway (one of two due to be built) has already been finished and is 3,800 metres long, which is enough for a Boeing 747 to land and take off. The second runway will be wider and longer, at 4,000 metres and will be adapted for Airbus A-380 aircraft, according to the CIF general representative in Angola.
The airport, which will have two terminals, two air traffic control towers, and four other support buildings, is expected to start operating within two years.
Africa Monitor also said that the Angolan authorities expected the European Union’s Air Safety Commission (CSA) would completely lift the restrictions that prevent TAAG from operating a full service to Europe. (macauhub)