TAP requests authorisation from Angola and Cape Verde for two extra flights

The Portuguese Airline, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE), has requested authorisation from the governments of Angola and Cape Verde for two more extra flights with the goal of continuing to bring home more than 400 Portuguese citizens and their families, as well as transporting medical and humanitarian cargo.

The return flights from Lisbon to Praia, in Cape Verde, and Luanda, in Angola, are planned for Friday, 27 March.

The flights have already been entered into the system (subject to government approval), and bookings can be made on the TAP website, www.flytap.com, or at travel agencies.

TAP, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is guaranteeing all safety and operational conditions for undertaking these two flights which - like the extra flights to Africa operated by the Airline throughout this week - are taking place in unusual operational circumstances, caused by the various restrictions imposed by governments and authorities. The Airline and all of its employees are doing their best every day, under extremely adverse conditions, to facilitate these complex operations, dedicated to bringing Portuguese citizens home at this difficult time.

The Cape Verde Government has implemented restrictions on flights arriving from Portugal, other European countries with COVID-19 outbreaks, Brazil, USA, Senegal and Nigeria. Flight times will permit TAP to undertake return flights. 

Entering Angola is now prohibited for airline passengers and flight crews arriving from China (People’s Republic), France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Portugal or Spain. Residents of Angola, Angolan airline crews and Angolan nationals who arrive from or who have been in China (People’s Republic), France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Portugal or Spain will be placed in quarantine for 14 days. The state of emergency was declared in Angola on Wednesday, entering into force at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, 28 March.

In order to make this route possible under present circumstances, complying with all regulatory requirements for safety and flight crew rest times, TAP will fly Lisbon-Luanda and Luanda-Faro-Lisbon, changing the crew in Faro and ensuring that the crews are not quarantined in Luanda, as directed by Angolan authorities. An A330-900neo aircraft capable of carrying 298 passengers will fly to Luanda.

TAP reports that the Airline’s Contact Centre is receiving a high number of calls and regrets the inconvenience that these circumstances may cause for its Clients. The Airline is making every effort to help all Clients as quickly as possible.