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Tue, 05 Jan 2010 17:41 - Updated Tue, 05 Jan 2010 17:41

Afri-taxis start operating at Luanda's airport


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Luanda – More than 20 vehicles belonging to the public transport firm dubbed "Afri-taxi", started operating this Tuesday at Luanda's “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport to various localities of the country's capital, thereby kick-starting the new season of taxi services at the site.

ANGOP learnt that the referred amount of taxis parked at the airport is based on the size and occupation of spaces at the car-parks, therefore, depending on the need and demand for cars, they were increased and the clients served in a short period of time, since the firm has a call centre.

The services of Afri-taxi at the airport of Luanda started on December 27, 2009, a stage in which the Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, visited the site for about an hour to assess the rehabilitation and expansion of its terminals for arrivals and departures.

In this first phase, the company will have 300 Kia-Sportage vehicles in the national market, which will be distributed to other regions of Angola. From the 300 cars already acquired, 150 will operate in Luanda and 50 will be distributed to the three other cities that will host games of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (CAN2010), namely Cabinda, Benguela and Huila.

Afterwards, the cars of the Afri-taxi firm will start operating in the localities of Soyo (Zaire province) and in other provinces of the country, still under analysis.

Regarding the prices, the passenger will initially pay 300 Kwanzas for demanding the service, and afterwards in accordance to the increase of the mileage or the pre-defined time, depending on what will be defined on the tariff.

The Afri-taxi service will initially be granted from 06am to 08pm.

According to João Manuel Rasak, co-ordinator of the commission of implanting the firm in the Angola market, in the project, in which Afri-taxi plans to invest USD 20 million, the company based in Luanda and comprising private and public capitals, has already spent USD 12 million and is open to other partnerships in provinces where it shall be implanted.

Under this project, 700 immediate jobs have been created for drivers, mechanics, cleaning and administrative staff, among others.