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Turkish Airlines expected to start flying to Luanda later this year

Alp Yavuzeser, regional director for Africa at Turkish Airlines, announced Thursday that the Turkish airline plans to start flying to Luanda this year. The official did not give a specific date for the airline to start operations to Angola, but said that at first there will be two flights per week.

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"There is still no precise date, but the licensing process is going through the Angolan authorities at a good pace. We believe that soon, during this year, we will link Istanbul and Luanda, initially with two weekly flights," he said, cited by Angop.

Speaking at the end of a meeting with António Henriques, president of the Board of Administration of the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX), the regional director for Africa of the Turkish airline said that this air link would allow Angola to be connected to more than 120 countries.

Alp Yavuzeser also took the opportunity to state that Turkey hopes to share cultures with Angola, in order to strengthen the ties and commercial exchanges between the two countries, Angop reported.

António Henriques indicated that the meeting served to talk about the start of Turkish Airlines' operations in Angola: "We, as an investment agency, very much welcome this Turkish Airlines' intention and, within our function and within the framework of the single window of investment, we will support and follow the licensing process with the Ministry of Transport and similar".