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TAP reinforces connections to Luanda with a third flight from Saturday

The Portuguese air carrier TAP will reinforce connections to the capital with a third flight, starting on Saturday, which will continue until October, the company's official source told Lusa.

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Exceptionally, next week, when the summit of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) takes place, scheduled for 16 and 17 July in Luanda, TAP will operate the third frequency on Sunday, to allow the return of this traffic, indicated the same source.

Nine international airlines currently operate at Luanda airport: TAP, Angolan TAAG, Belgian Brussels Airlines, French Air France, German Lufthansa, Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, South African CemAir, Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Angola has maintained restrictions to its airspace since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, having suspended direct flights to Portugal, Brazil and South Africa between January 24 and March 13, in the most acute phase of the pandemic.

Subsequently, due to the increase in the number of cases, the executive presented new measures to stop the spread of the pandemic and decided to temporarily ban non-resident foreigners from Brazil and India from entering the country, establishing a "mandatory institutional quarantine" for nationals and resident foreigners from both countries due to the covid-19 pandemic.

According to the latest law, which runs until July 9, the temporary ban is also applicable to those who have transited in either of the two countries.

To avoid virus importation, it is mandatory to carry out a pre-shipment PCR test, carried out up to 72 hours before boarding, as well as a post-landing test (antigen), for all passengers upon arrival at the 04 de Fevereiro Airport, in Luanda.

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