Minister explains projects for access to new Luanda International Airport
Friday, May 29, 2015
Luanda - The projects of setting up the access routes and means to the new Luanda International Airport, through road and railway networks, were unfolded last Thursday, in the country’s capital city, by the Transports minister, Augusto Tomas.
The minister gave explanations about this project of the Angolan Executive on the fringes of the Sixth Joint Ordinary Session of the Economic Commission and the Real Economy Commission of the Cabinet Council, held last Thursday under the chairmanship of President José Eduardo dos Santos.
According to Augusto Tomas, the project consists of building new roads and railway networks, which will lead up to the south-eastern part of Luanda Province - where the new airport is being built - with the first one being a railway section interconnecting with the 230 national road.
This project, he said, includes the restructuring of existing motorways, primary and secondary roads.
He said the government has already approved the execution of the project of the second stage of the Bungo/Baia railway section and the corresponding support means, such as workshops for the maintenance of the trains.
He further revealed that the new railway stations will be multi-functional and some of them will have shopping centres, as well as check-in facilities for people who will want to do so before
Angola aims to become cruise ship destination
Friday, May 15, 2015
The government is working with travel agencies and tourism operators to attract cruise ships to various Angolan ports, the director of tourism activities of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said in Luanda.
Cited by the daily Jornal de Angola, Destino Alexandre commented on Tuesday the arrival in Luanda of a cruise ship with 600 passengers of various nationalities, which docked for several hours so the tourists could visit the city.
Alexandre said the passenger ship’s arrival would help disseminate the country’s image abroad and “represents another plus for Angola and an opportunity to promote domestic and international tourism.”
The cruise ship that arrived in the Angolan capital on Tuesday morning had made previous stops in Cape Town, South Africa, and Luderitz and Walvis Bay, both in Namibia.
After Luanda the ship continued on its route to São Tomé and Príncipe, Cabo Verde, England, France, Portugal, Spain and Morocco.
It was the eighth cruise ship and one of the biggest to visit Angola this year. A further eight are scheduled to visit Luanda, Benguela and Namibe during the 2015 tourism season.
A committee from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism recently took part in the International Tourism Fair (Indaba) held in Durban, South Africa, with the aim of attracting investors to help develop several tourist areas, among them Cabo Ledo. (Macauhub/AO/ST)
Document processing system unveiled at Luanda airport
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Luanda - A Document Processing System (Rapid) at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Air was inaugurated Friday by State minister and chief of Civil Affairs of President of Republic, Edeltrudes Costa, Angop has learnt.
The system allows an automatic and customised passage of identified passengers.
With this system, the border-crossing will last only twelve seconds, contrary to what happens now, said the spokesman for Migration and Foreigners Service (SME), Simão Milagres.
The Government project is part of the modernisation of border procedures in Angola.
Angola: Kinshasa receives TAAG flight with firefighters' welcoming bath
Friday, April 24, 2015
Luanda - Five years later, the Angola Airlines (TAAG) resumed on Thursday its flight at N'djili International Airport in Kinshasa, in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it was received with "bath" of fire-fighters? vehicles, symbolizing the welcome of the referred aircraft.
The connection, carried out in 55 minutes, in an average speed of 800 kilometres per hour, represents an open door for the Angolan entrepreneurs to a market of about 75 millions of potential clients, against 24 millions of Angola.
To DRC, the air connection between the two capitals of both countries on Mondays and Thursdays is the sign of the strengthening of the exchange of products between the traders of the two states that are secularly linked by blood bonds.
To Manfuila Makuia, one of the passengers of the inaugural flight, the resumption of the air route will enable to avoid constraints that consisted on travelling by car, passing by Luvu, an Angolan commune in the northern Zaire province.
Angop learnt that air tickets cost between 40,000 and 50,000 kwanzas.
At the official ceremony, the director of the Congolese Interior minister, Prince Lufunda, stressed that the resumption of TAAG flights in Kinshasa will strengthen the two peoples to enable more presence of Congolese citizens in Luanda and Angolan in Kinshasa.
Prince Lufunda said that with the resumption of TAAG flights in Kinshasa, it complements the efforts made by the governments of the two countries in the transport sector, having mentioned the example of the railway connection that will link DRC railways as from Luau, in Moxico.
To TAAG administrator, Luís dos Santos, said that the reasons that led to the interruption of TAAG flights in Kinshasa are already overcome.
According to him, in the resumption of TAAG flights in Kinshasa, the company will do its best to accomplish the mission of transporting passengers between the two capitals.
Angola and DRC reinforced in January the cooperation agreement in the air transport field, under the visit paid by the Angolan President to that sister country.
Police commander ensures safety at new international airport
Thursday, April 02, 2015
Luanda - Police have been working for some time to ensure a safe and secure conditions of the new Luanda International Airport, as soon as the infrastructure complete its works in 2017.
The General Commander of National Police, commissioner Ambrósio de Lemos said so Wednesday in Luanda.
Ambrósio de Lemos was speaking to Angop and Public Television of Angola (TPA), following the visit by the President, José Eduardo dos Santos to new airport, located in Bom Jesus, Icolo e Bengo municiplaity, Luanda province.
The general commander said that works are in progress to set up a police unit that will ensure security and physical protection of the facilities.
The commander also said that Ministry of Interior and concerned bodies, Fire-fighter Department and Foreigners Service Migration, will also play a role in this important infrastructure.
Other like Fiscal Police and Criminal Investigation will join the task of ensuring safety at facilities.
The new Luanda International Airport has a total area of 75.5 square kilometers.
Angola grants multiple entry tourism visa
Monday, March 30, 2015
Luanda - The authorities of the Republic of Angola as of next march will start granting tourism and ordinary visas with multiple entries, announced last Monday, in Luanda, the Home Affairs minister, Ângelo Veiga.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Broad Consultative Council of the Home Affairs Ministry, Ângelo Veiga Tavares explained that the modernisation process taking place in the Migration and Foreigners Services (SME) has enabled to overcome the hindrances regarding the introduction of multiple entry visas.
He also announced that soon the 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, in Luanda, will set up the RAPID system, which will enable Angolan and foreign citizens to pass through the immigration control system in less than fifteen seconds.
Ângelo Veiga Tavares also stressed that special attention must be paid to the Criminal Investigation Services, which, in turn, also pay special attention to the relationship with international police organs, Interpol and other partners.
He also stressed that there is a need to improve the relationship with the media aiming for a better divulgence of the activities of the Home Affairs Ministry.
The Broad Consultative Council of the Home Affairs Ministry is set to end this Tuesday.
New airport's control tower, administration building concluded
Friday, March 27, 2015
Luanda - The construction of the control tower and the administration building of the new airport being built in the outskirts of Luanda Province, in Bom Jesus Commune, has been concluded. This information was given to the press last Wednesday by the general representative in Angola of the firm in charge of the mentioned undertaking, China International Fund Limited, Ju Lizhao, when presenting information on the pace of the works, during the visit to the site of the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos. The source informed that there are other sections which are also about to be finished, such as the main and the VIP terminals. As regards the future operations of the infrastructure, Transport minister Augusto Tomás has revealed that at least fifteen million people will pass through the new airport. The minister went on to say that the construction of the new airport is part of the broader programme of the Angolan government turned to the rehabilitation and modernization of airports throughout the country. The new international airport is located about 40 kilometres off Luanda City.
Cuando Cubango: Tourism is fastest growing sector - Official
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Menongue - The sector of Hotels and Tourism is the one showing more signs of development in south eastern Cuando Cubango province, in view of growing emergence of accommodation facilities in the region. This was said Tuesday in Menongue by Cuando Cubango governor, The official was addressing the ceremony of presentation of the new executive director of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), Miguel Mário. The governor who would not add figures, said the Hotels and Tourism sector is recording a remarkable growth rate, thanks to the performance of the sector’s minister, Pedro Mutindi. Minister Pedro Mutindi who is on a working visit to Cuando Cubango since Tuesday is driving to the locality of Bondo Caíla on Wednesday, to learn about the projects of the sector being implemented in the region. In the locality of Bondo Caíla, the minister will visit the Katuitui customs delegation, near the border with Namibia, the Bico de Angola locality, in the municipality of Rivungo bordering on Zambia (east) and Namibia (south), where the Kavango Basin Development Point is being implemented.
Tourism sector foresees one million jobs
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The minister of Hotels and Tourism, Pedro Mutinde, last Tuesday in Luanda said the sector foresees to create one million jobs, as well as contribute with 03 per cent to the gross domestic product in the 2013-2020 period, ANGOP has learnt. The minister said so when commenting on the speech of the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, on the state of the nation, at the opening of the 2013-2014 legislative Season of the Angolan National Assembly. The official also spoke about the promotion of the social, national and regional tourism, creation of better accommodation conditions for foreign and national citizens. The tourism sector has approved a plan for the national territory, he reminded.
New Luanda international airport in Angola expected to start operating in 2016
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Luanda’s new international airport, which is under construction in the Bom Jesus area of the Angolan municipalities of Icolo and Bengo, is expected to start operating within two years, Angola’s Construction Minister, Waldemar Pires said. Cited by Angolan news agency Angop, the minister said that the airport would start operating “at least partially” at that time. Work began in 2004 and was initially scheduled for conclusion in 2012. Work on the airport’s 3,800 metre northern runway ended in August 2012. The runway allows take off and landing of Boeing 747 type aircraft and the southern runway, which is 4,000 metres long, can receive Airbus 380 aircraft.The work that is underway covers four areas: The flight area, terminals, air traffic control and support facilities. 17-04-2014.
Angolan flagship airline plans to fly to Kenya
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Kenyan government recently signed a new two-way air aviation agreement with its Angolan counterpart that will allow Angola’s flagship airline to start flying to Nairobi, the Kenyan press reportedThe agreement signed last week is a review of the aviation agreement signed by both governments in 2011, under which Kenya Airways started flying to Angola. The Kenyan airline currently offers three direct flights a week between Nairobi and Luanda, and the Kenyan Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Michael Kamau, said he would like Kenya Airways to increase the number of flights between the two cities and that Linhas Aéreas de Angola should do likewise. Meanwhile the outgoing Kenyan ambassador to Namibia who is also accredited in Angola, Peter Gitau, said in Luanda that his country wanted to establish a permanent embassy in Angola, “in order to strengthen bilateral diplomatic relations.” (macauhub/AO.
Angola boasts many tourist resources
Friday, October 17, 2014
Luanda - The Executive Secretary of Travel Agencies & Tourist Agents Association of Angola (AAVOTA), Augusto Pedro said Wednesday that his institution wants to create partnerships with the counterparts of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP) to ensure the economic growth of the country. Speaking at the opening of the first workshop on tourism in the CPLP, August Pedro said that the association also wants the integration of the community in the market of new technologies. According to the official, the initiative will help attract more tourists in Angola and in all community countries. He said that Angola is a privileged country in terms of tourism resources. According to him, this fact led the country to organise this forum, running under the motto "Business opportunities in the tourism market of CPLP". The event will allow the creation potential partnerships aimed at introducing of the new methods in the market to develop national tourism. Meanwhile, the official stressed the need to create policies that allow transforming the tourist resources into currency, creation of the new entrepreneurs in the market in order to sell more tourist potential of the country.
Over 5000 hotel undertakings unveiled in ten years
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Luanda - The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism were inaugurated in the last ten years at least 5.137 hotel undertakings and other similar projects. This was said to Angop on Friday in Luanda by the national director of hotels department, Afonso Vita, during a meeting with directors of the sector, promoted by the Angolan Hotels Association AHORESIA). According to him, the hotel park has been growing fastly and in a dynamic way, following up the pace of the multi-dimensional development of the country in all aspects. From 2002 to 2012, it was unveiled 105 hotels, 370 guesthouses, 330 hostels, 54 tourist sites and 3.020 restaurants, 10 apart hotels and one tourist complex. In his turn, the chairman of AHORESIA, João Gonçalves appealed to workers of the sector for greater labour responsibility and thus improve the service provided to the customers.
New Airport Works Delayed - Minister
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Luanda - 02/14. Angolan Transports minister, André Luís Brandão, Thursday in Luanda told the Parliament that the works of construction of the new airport, in the locality of Bom Jesus, northern Bengo province, are delayed.
According to the minister who was speaking to the MPs about the new Civil Aviation Law, said the delay is owed to the need for a re-evaluation of the project and financial arrangements.
He said that once finished it will be called "Angola International Aiport, not Luanda International Airport as oftnen wrongly called.
Thursdays session of the National Assembly, chaired by its speaker, Roberto de Almeida, also analysed the treaty on extradition and transfer of condemned persons, signed between Angola and the Russian Federation and the accord of cooperation between the member States of the Portuguese Speaking Community (CPLP) on Hiv/Aids.