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Business Aviation Operations to Angola Part-2
by Admin on June 27, 2018

Airport ground handling, in-flight catering, jet fuel, hotels, transportation, and security 

 

This post is in continuation from our article, titled “Business Aviation Operations to Angola Part-1”. 

Home to 24 million people, Angola has now become an important aviation hub in Africa. The nation’s business aviation is on an upward spiral, with many general aviation aircrafts being purchased by the country’s businessmen and foreign aircrafts increasingly operating to/from the Portuguese speaking nation. In this article, we discuss the crucial flight support requirements needed during your trip to Angola. 

 

Ground Handling Services, FBO, and aircraft parking 

GHASSIST, is the main commercial ground handling company in the airports of Angola, operating since 1997. 

For your clients and crew, it best to use the state of the art FBO, operated in the general aviation terminal of FNLU, by the Angolan aircraft operator Best Fly. Along with 24 hours customs and immigration facilities, the FBO has three VIP lounges for passengers and crew, and a parking capability of up to 200 cars with free parking while flying. Best Fly also has VIP lounges in Catumbela (FNCT / CBT), which operates from 05:00 to 23:00 and Lubango (FNUB / SDD). 

Parking in Angola is normally decided by the airport authority ENANA and not the ground handling company. At Luanda, the authorities will send a ‘follow me car’ which will guide the aircraft to the parking place assigned to the aircraft. 

Inflight Catering 

LSG Sky Chef is the best in-flight catering service provider in Angola. For more variety, you can always get your in-flight catering arranged from reputed hotels and restaurants in Angola. 

Essentials for Aviation Fuel in Angola 

There is no shortage of JET A1 in Angola, but AVGAS is not easily available. We highlight the vital factors you should know before planning your aviation fuel services in Angola. 

  • Sonangol is the sole fuel supplier and into-plane agent in Angola. It’s governmentally owned and operated. 
  • It does not accept fuel cards or credit cards. Payment of fuel is preferred to be done through a reseller who has a contract with Sonangol. 
  • If you want a faster and more efficient aviation fuel service, opt for refueling at Best Fly’s FBO in FNLU. Best Fly, in agreement with Sonangol, operates its own dedicated fuel bowser for refueling executive aircraft at its FBO in FNLU. This has ensured faster turn-around time and a better refueling process. 

Where to stay? 

With Angola’s cost of living being one of the highest in Africa, hotels in the country are generally more expensive compared to other parts of the world. You can expect to pay $400 to $500 per room per night including breakfast and tax for 4 and 5 star hotels. For your client’s perfect stay, select one of the top 10 luxury hotels in Angola

For your crew, the best options would be Convenções de Talatona, Tropico Hotel, Baia Hotel, Epic Sana, Alvalde Hotel, and Skyna Hotel. They are all approximately 8 – 12 kilometers from the airport. 

The best way to travel in Angola 

It is advised to avoid using public transportation and taxis while in Angola. Instead, opt for chauffeured transportation for a reliable and comfortable airport transfer as well as intercity transfer. 

Get the additional security for your clients 

Although the security level in Angola is improving, is it advisable to get private security for your clients. 

Always recommend your clients to get vaccinated. Besides widespread malaria, Angola is located in the yellow fever endemic area. When flying out of Angola, entry to certain countries is conditioned upon presenting the vaccination certificate. 

Being an important oil-producing nation, chances are you might be planning a trip to Angola for your valued clients soon. Contact us today, to discuss how we can assist you with a successful and timely flight to Angola. 

 

 

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