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Business Aviation Operations to Angola (Part-1)
Airports, Flight Permits, and Visa to Angola
After 27 years of civil war that ended in 2002, Angola was back as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
Important airports in Angola
If Angola is your destination, chances are you will travel to Luanda International Airport (FNLU / LAD). It is the main airport in Angola and is also the hub of its national carrier TAAG Angola Airlines. FNLU/LAD operates 24 hours and is not slot coordinated. Working towards its goal of expansion, a new modern airport is currently under construction. It is around 40 kilometers from Luanda. The airport aims to handle 15 million passengers annually and to accommodate the A380.
Other important airports of entry in Angola are-
- Cabinda International Airport (FNCA/CAB)- operates from 05:00 to 23:00 local time
- Lubango Mukanka (FNUB/SDD)
- Ondjiva Ondjiva (FNGI/VPE)
Aircraft operators are warned that operations at night is challenging and requires prior notification and arrangements.
Things to remember to obtain a landing Permit
You should keep the below points in mind when applying for a landing permit in Angola-
- It will be issued by Instituto Nacional da Aviacao Civil, also known as National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAVIC)
- It is required for all type of flights, even for private, technical stop, and ambulance flights.
- The permit must be applied through a local licensed agent.
- The lead time for issuance of landing permits in Angola is 72 hours and it will be valid for 72 hours from the ETD.
- Any change in the route or the aircraft will require a revalidation of the permit, but the permit number will continue to be the same.
- INAVIC charges a civil aviation royalty for each passenger flying into and out of Angola.
- The airport authority ENANA (Empressa Nacional de Exploracao de Aeroportos e Navegacao) also charges a one-time fee.
- Cargo is subject to royalty as well.
- INAVIC requires the entity which obtained the landing permit to pay the royalty fee and not the entity which provided the handling services.
- Permits over the weekends and the public holidays can be granted only for emergencies.
- Medical evacuation flights landing permit can be issued in 6 hours.
- Cargo flights normally take 7 days, as non-objection from the national carrier is required.
- When departing, filing a flight plan through the AFTN communication network is not enough. The flight plan must be filed locally, to ensure that the permit is valid, and the fees and royalty are paid.
Visa requirements for crew and passengers
Recently, Angola started offering visa on arrival to 61 nationalities. For others, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, they must obtain a visa prior to their arrival. The Angolan consulates normally require the passengers to appear in person.
Your flight and cabin crew, irrespective of their nationality, do not need a visa to enter Angola. They can enter on General Declaration (GENDEC), providing they have a valid passport, they are in uniform and are holding their crew ID.
Angola might not be a top tourist destination, but with the budding business aviation market, the odds are high that you will be flying there in the near future. Let us help you with your flights to Angola, to ensure a successful and on-time flight. Talk to our trip planning experts to discuss how you can offer a seamless flight experience to your clients.
Stay tuned for Part-2 of ‘Business Aviation Operations to Angola’, where we will talk about other important flight support requirements for your trip to Angola.
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