In response to growing demand and to foster trade, business development, and mobility between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), TAAG Angola Airlines has announced an expansion of services on the Luanda-Kinshasa route. Commencing on August 14, 2023, an additional frequency will be added to the Kinshasa route, offering passengers increased convenience and connectivity.
The increased frequency will result in a total of four weekly flights between Luanda and Kinshasa, with departures scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The service will be operated by a DASH-8 aircraft, renowned for its reliability and efficiency, boasting a total capacity of 74 passengers. Of these, 64 seats will be allocated to the economy class, while 10 passengers will enjoy the comforts of the business class.
The decision to reinforce connections between Angola and the DRC comes as both nations share multiple synergies, fostering strong cooperation and trade relations. With an extensive border and a significant flow of bilateral trade, Angola and the DRC are integrated into several regional organizations, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Gulf of Guinea Commission (CGG), and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The announcement of increased frequencies comes at a pivotal time, coinciding with the first Economic Forum Angola-DRC in Kinshasa. The forum serves as a platform for government representatives from both countries, corporate segments, chambers of commerce, and other participants to explore economic partnerships for mutual growth.
With the new flight schedule, passengers can expect more flexibility in planning their business and leisure trips between the two nations. The increased availability of flights aims to facilitate smoother travel experiences, stimulating economic activity, and strengthening ties between Angola and the DRC.