British Airways to re-launch flights to Angola once suspension lifted

9 July 2007

London, United Kingdom, 9 July – British Airways plans to re-launch its flights to Luanda, Angola, as soon as the Angolan authorities lift the suspension on its license to do so, a company spokesperson said Friday in London.

“When the Angolan authorities once again authorize British Airways (BA) to fly to Luanda, our flights will be re-established,” the spokesperson said.

BA was obliged to cancel its only weekly flight to Luanda on June 29, as it received information form the Angolan authorities that it was not authorized to fly in Angola’s air space.

This was a reciprocal move by the Angolan authorities following due to a request by Angolan airline TAAG to start a route from Luanda to London having been refused.

“While the Angolan authorities have our license to fly to Luanda suspended, we cannot do so. The British government is negotiating this issue,” said the BA spokesperson.

Last Friday the ban imposed by the European Commission on TAAG flying in European air space came into force. (macauhub)