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Luanda is the capital and largest city in Angola with a population of almost 5 million inhabitants and has grown enormously during the last decade or so. Founded in 1575, it is located in the northwest of the country along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean and functions as the economical, administrative and cultural hart of the country. Strangely enough, this city is the most expensive one for expats to live in. For travellers though the city is more of a starting point to visit the rest of the country than an attraction of its own.
Luanda has a tropical climate, with high temperatures throughout the year but compared to other cities in the tropics it is surprisingly dry with only the months of March and April seeing some heavier downpours. These months are also the hottest months with temperatures well over 30 °C during the day and rarely below 25 °C at night, so these months are best avoided if you don't like hot and humid weather. The rest of the year is slightly cooler and from May onwards dry for months in a row. This is also caused because of the cold Benguela current which prevents moisture from easily condensing into rain. When this current is weak though, this can mean very heavy rain and occasional floodings occur when this is the cast because it is possible that in a few weeks the total amount of a few years comes down!
Quatro de Fevereiro Airport (LAD) receives the bulk of international flights to and from Angola, among which are those with TAAG Angola Airlines (Portuguese only), the national airline of Angola. International destinations from and to Luanda include Accra, Addis Ababa, Bangui, Beijing, Brazzaville, Cabinda, Harare, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lisbon, Lubango, Lusaka, N'djamena, Namibe, Ondjiva (Namibia), Paris, Pointe Noire, Rio de Janeiro, Sal, São Tomé, Salvador da Bahia and Windhoek.
Several other airlines fly to and from Luanda as well, including British Airways from London, Brussels Airlines from Brussels, Air France from Paris, TAP Portugal from Lisbon and probably KLM from Amsterdam at the end of 2008. Moscow, China and Johannesburg all have good connections as well.
TAAG Angola Airlines als serves as the main domestic carrier with connections to and from Luanda with Cabinda, Catumbela, Dundo, Huambo, Luena, Lubango, Malanje, Menongue, Namibe, Ondjiva and Soyo.
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