Besides the suspension of the Luanda-Oporto and Luanda-Lisbon routes, the Portuguese airline TAP will also stop flying to Luanda.
The decision to suspend air links with Portugal was taken this Wednesday at a meeting between the airline and the Interministerial Commission - set up by the executive to control the risks of the coronavirus.
According to Novo Jornal, the meeting also considered the possibility that other airlines connecting Angola and Portugal indirectly would stop flying to our country. Although it did not advance, the measure aimed to ensure that connections with Portugal were suspended until the pandemic came under control.
With the temporary cut of air routes with Portugal, TAAG will lose its main connection with Europe, as it had about 10 flights to that European country per week.
It is worth remembering that this Wednesday there were some turbulent moments at the 4 de Fevereiro airport, after two flights from Portugal arrived in the capital. According to the same newspaper, passengers coming from Oporto and Lisbon refused to comply with the 14 days of quarantine after some public figures from Angola received privileged treatment.
Passengers were eventually 'released' without being subject to quarantine for 14 days.