TAAG Angola Airlines, the carrier based in Luanda International Airport (LAD), has announced it will launch two new regional routes, connecting Angola with Accra (Ghana) and Durban (South Africa) in November.
What are the new routes announced by TAAG?
On Friday, TAAG Angola Airlines announced it will launch two new routes starting on November 9 and 17, in line with the company’s expansion master plan. These two new routes are Luanda-Accra and Luanda-Durban.
TAAG will be flying from Luanda to Accra International Airport (ACC) three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The flag carrier stated that this new route suits the corporate segment needs, allowing TAAG to offer a key connection between Ghana and South Africa with a stopover in Luanda, capitalizing on the existing traffic between west and southern Africa.
Meanwhile, the Luanda-Durban (DUR) route will also have three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. With this connection, TAAG will now cover three key cities in South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.
“While these destinations are attractive for tourism, TAAG positioned itself as a company of choice, capable of connecting South Africa –one of the largest economies on the continent –with the other destinations in Africa, Europe, and the Americas operated by TAAG, leveraging Luanda as a stopover,” said the airline in a statement.
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What aircraft will TAAG use on these two new routes?
TAAG Airlines currently has a fleet composed of 25 aircraft, although only 11 are currently active (per ch-aviation). It operates three Boeing 737-700s, three Boeing 777-300(ER)s, and five DHC-8-Q400s.
Both routes, to Accra and Durban, will be operated by TAAG’s Boeing 737-700 fleet, with a capacity to carry 120 passengers in a two-class configuration, 12 in business class and 108 in economy class.
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International connectivity by TAAG
The Angolan carrier is looking to increase its international connectivity. TAAG recently signed a codeshare agreement with Spanish carrier Iberia. After launching its two newest destinations, Accra and Durban, TAAG will offer 14 international destinations in November. These are Lisbon, Madrid, São Paulo, Havana, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Accra, Windhoek, Maputo, Kinshasa, Lagos, São Tomé, and Luanda. TAAG also offers 14 domestic destinations across Angola.
TAAG Angola will operate 262 weekly flights next month, offering 33,108 seats across its route map. Moreover, to boost customer engagement and gather new segments of the population to adhere to air transport, TAAG has been promoting a 50% cut-off campaign on ticket pricing eligible to all international and domestic destinations (except Cabinda), it said in a statement. Eduardo Fairen, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, recently said,
“We will continue our growth path by adding new routes, increasing frequencies in existing destinations, and upgrading the fleet. At the same time, we are fostering our enablers to have more and more passengers choosing TAAG as their airline of choice for domestic and international travels.”
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