Situated in the Angolan capital of Luanda, it’s understandable that the African’s country’s main airport is often known as Luanda Airport. But it’s proper name is Aeroporto Internacional 4 De Fevereiro, in recognition of that date in 1961 when Angola’s armed struggle for independence against Portuguese colonial rule begun.
This airport is actually in the process of being replaced by a larger and more modern international airport around 40km east of Luanda, at Bom Jesus in the Bengo province. However, completion of this Chinese-funded effort has been delayed for several years and at the time of writing (August 2017), the new airport has not yet been opened.
International flights to the existing Quatro de Fevereiro airport are available from selected European destinations, plus a handful of cities in The Americas, Middle East and Asia. Further international flights are available to regional (African) destinations, plus domestic flights to other Angolan airport.
On arrival in Luanda, travellers benefit from a very short trip into the city itself. The airport is located close to the centre of Luanda, on Avenue 21 de Janeiro.
If you need to hire a car, then a number of major hire companies are located in Luanda and will apparently offer airport pickup and dropoff on request. However, the only company which provided quotes for the airport through our booking system was Europcar (quotes obtained in August 2017).
The French firm offered a full range of cars, including mini, compact, intermediate and SUV models. It’s worth noting that cars are expensive in Angola and renters may find hire rates are more expensive than they’re used to.
Tips for driving in Angola
Driving in Angola is more challenging than in most western countries. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Drive on the right
- Drivers are advised that an International Driving Permit may be required in addition to their driving licence. It’s recommended that you obtain an IDP before travelling.
- Be aware of the risk of theft and kidnapping. Other vehicles may signal you to pull over on a false pretext and then attack you.
- The condition of the road infrastructure is poor in many areas. Away from major towns and cities, many roads are unsurfaced and may require a 4×4 vehicle to negotiate safely. In addition, some rural areas still have unexploded land mines and ordnance.
- The standard of driving also tends to be lower than in western countries. Livestock and heavily loaded goods vehicles are an additional hazard.
- Give way to traffic from the right at junctions and as signed when joining a road
- Be very careful where you leave your car at night — try to park in a secure and well-lit car park if possible
Here are links with more information about driving in Angola:
Finally, if visiting Angola it may be worth checking out the information provided by UK government for travellers to Angola.