European airlines to continue operating in Angola – Foreign Minister

9 July 2007

Luanda, Angola, 9 July – Angola’s Foreign Minister, João Bernardo Miranda, said Friday in Luanda that European airlines would continue to operate in Angola, plying down the idea of “retaliation” for Angola’s national airline being banned from flying over Europe.

“I think that in this case retaliation cannot be applied. This is not going to happen. The European airlines will continue to operate normally,” said Miranda speaking to journalists.

The Foreign Minister was reacting to the ban imposed last Friday by the European Commission on TAAG flying in European air space.

Miranda said that “this issue is closed, as there as been a decision from Air Safety Commission sanctioned by the respective commissioner and it is a decision that cannot be appealed.”

“We are going to wait for TAAG to fulfil the performance criteria required so that soon it may re-launch its flights to European air space,” he noted. (macauhub)