Fly to Luanda from the UK and discover the glamorous playground of Angola’s rich and famous. Flights to Luanda are an easy way to reach Angola, a fascinating country at last opening up to travellers and investors.
Its capital boasts many good – though eye-wateringly expensive – restaurants, bars and clubs along its nearly two mile-long, tree-lined promenade, the Marginal. Popular with exercise types at sunset, the Marginal overlooks yachts bobbing in the harbour to the thin strip of peninsula, the Ilha, beyond. On weekends, head to the small island of Ilha de Mussulo to surf or relax on its pretty private beaches or take a trip to Kissima National Park with its 68 miles of wild coastline (where the Kwanza River meets the sea is particularly beautiful).
Flights to Luanda from London take just 8 hours and 35 minutes and there’s no time difference. Portuguese is the lingua franca and, while English is not widely spoken, Luandans are very friendly. Luanda has a warm and surprisingly dry climate, making it easy to slip into the city’s cyclical rhythm in no time: business meeting to bar (where the beers are bem gelada – well chilled) to beach to business meeting, and repeat.
British Airways flies to Luanda (LAD) from London Heathrow (LHR). Flying with British Airways offers you the choice of two direct flights to Luanda twice a week, and an extra two flights via Madrid. British Airways flights from London to Luanda offer a choice of Club and Traveller cabins – and award-winning service, naturally.
British Airways offers non-stop direct flights to Luanda twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) from London (LHR) in just over 8 and ½ hours. Not only does British Airways offer a generous 23kg checked luggage allowance, you can also check in online or from your mobile phone, and choose your seat 24 hours before your flight.
Luanda airport is not far from the city centre, but the journey can take between 15 minutes and two hours depending on the traffic – which, generally, is heavy all the time. The bus service around town is unreliable, so taxis are your best option. There are three services available – Afritaxi, Morvic and Contataxi – but all are expensive (expect to pay around $20 for a 1.5 mile trip). Consider hiring a driver for the day with Eco Tur, but be sure to book in advance.
For one of the world’s most expensive cities, Luanda airport is fairly rudimentary for shops and restaurants – though it should cover most travellers’ requirements. Duty free goods, books and music are available to buy, while two snack bars and one restaurant serves very basic fare. There are also ATMs within Luanda airport.