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Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Luanda

South African Airways & TAAG Angola Airways operate direct flights from Johannesburg to Luanda (JNB-LAD), which take about 3.5 hours. To get on a cheap flight, use the flight bookings tool on the left to compare SAA & TAAG airfares against the 1-stop options.

SAA operates Airbus A340-600s on the route, whilst TAAG flies Boeing 777-300s.

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  • 21 January 2014 Plans are announced to build a new airport in Luanda, some 40km from the city, which will have a long enough runway for the A380. The plan is for 2 runways.

  • From August 2013 Air Namibia increased its Windhoek-Luanda flight frequency from 6 a week to daily, by adding Tuesday flights.

  • September 2012. A new domestic terminal is opened at Luanda International Airport, at a cost of US$32m, and with an annual capacity of 2 million pax.


We carried out a snapshot survey of flights from JHB to Luanda, and then ordered the airlines from the cheapest at the top (this will have subsequently changed). In the latest survey, TAAG hass moved to the top of the rankings.


TAAG (Linhas Aereas de Angola Airlines)

Johannesburg (JNB) to Luanda (LAD)

non-stop (3h30m)

South African Airways (SAA)

Johannesburg (JNB) to Luanda (LAD)

non-stop (3h40m)

Air Namibia

Johannesburg (JNB) to Luanda (LAD)

1-stop (6 to 24 hours) Windhoek (WDH)

Ethiopian Airlines

Johannesburg (JNB) to Luanda (LAD)

1-stop (23 hours)
Addis Ababa (ADD)

British Airways/Air Namibia

Johannesburg (JNB) to Luanda (LAD)

1-stop (24 hours) Windhoek (WDH)

LAM Mozambique

Johannesburg (JNB) to Luanda (LAD)

1-stop (7 hours) Maputo (MPM)

See our flights to Angola page, for a full discussion of the airline connections between South Africa and Angola.

Expensive flight prices

With demand far outstripping supply, the Johannesburg - Luanda flight route is like a pot of gold for airlines, but very expensive for travellers. The problem is that the Angolan government jealously protects its airspace, restricting the ability of foreign airliners to operate flights to Luanda. 1time airline has indicated that it wants to operate flights to Luanda, but that the bilateral agreement between the Angolan and South African governments prevents it from doing so: "When the bilateral was amended earlier this year to add additional flights, the Air Service Licensing Council handed those to SAA without offering it to other airlines," said Glen Orsmond of 1time airline.

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