TAAG Angola Airlines has adjusted its plans for the resumption of its Luanda to Accra service. Originally slated to recommence in September 2023, the airline has now set its sights on launching this significant route on January 17, 2024, as reported by Aeroroutes.
According to airspace-africa.com, the story began with great optimism when TAAG’s maiden flight touched down at Kotoka International Airport in Accra on November 30, 2022. Despite being a newcomer to the Ghanaian aviation scene, TAAG made a remarkable impression by successfully transporting over 433 passengers during its debut year.
The resumption of the Luanda-Accra-Luanda route was met with enthusiasm, heralding new connections between Ghana, Southern Africa, Europe, and Brazil through Angola. This year dawned with even more promise, fueling travelers’ hopes for expanded connectivity. However, this optimism was met with an unexpected twist as TAAG made the decision to temporarily suspend these flights. A statement from the airline sheds light on this rescheduling, emphasizing TAAG’s unwavering commitment to financial prudence, profitability, and commercial viability.
The airline’s spokesperson underlines that the decision to delay the service resumption until January 17 is a result of a comprehensive evaluation process. This process scrutinizes numerous factors, including profitability, passenger demand, and the overall commercial viability of the route.
“While this evaluation process is ongoing, the figures have yet to meet the threshold for a positive business case, prompting the decision to reschedule the Accra service.”
TAAG Angola Airlines adheres to a network approach that places a strong emphasis on services that are not only in demand but also fiscally sound. The airline is diligently assessing various routes, including Accra, to ensure their “compatibility with a positive business case.” Importantly, this decision transcends the Accra route alone. It is emblematic of TAAG’s broader strategy to maintain an economically robust network aligned with the evolving dynamics of the aviation industry. The Accra route is served by a Boeing 737-700NG aircraft with a total capacity of 120 passengers, including 12 in business class and 108 in economy class.