Angola’s national carrier to alter procedures to fit with EU safety standards

6 July 2007

Luanda, Angola, 6 July – Angola’s national airline, Taag is to alter its navigation procedures in line with the safety standards demanded by the European Union, the deputy Transport minister for Civil Aviation, Hélder Preza said in Luanda Thursday.

Speaking to Radio Nacional de Angola about the European Commission’s decision to include Angola in the blacklist of companies prohibited from flying in European air space, the deputy minister explained that the sector was focused on the carrier operating within internationally acceptable safety standards.

“We are determined to do everything, in the shortest time possible, for TAAG to conform to these safety standards and for passengers to be reassured and the company to be removed from the blacklist,” he said, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

The EU’s Technical Committee for Air Safety said it may hold its next meeting in October or November and at this time the Angolan authorities will submit their case for review.

According to the deputy minister contact is being maintained with the EU in order to establish the steps to be taken in order to overcome this situation.

The European Commission decided Wednesday to include TAAG in the blacklist for reasons of safety, and the measure is due to be put into force Friday, when the European Community journal is published. (macauhub)