Angola threatens to suspend air transport accords with some European states

11 July 2007

Luanda, Angola, 11 July – The Angolan government has reiterated that the European Union acted “hastily and unfairly” in banning national airline TAAG from European airspace, adding if the situation continues until October it will not renew airline accords with some EU states.

“The Angolan government reiterates that the EU’s decision was hasty and unfair, as it didn’t take account of the quality of the airline fleet or the readiness of TAAG and the National Civil Aviation Institute (Inavic) to overcome the relevant non-compliances within a reasonable period, not to mention the airline’s effective efforts to surmount problems, as was demonstrated in the inspection of 3 July, 2007 in Paris,” the Luanda government said in a statement.

The communiqué added that Luanda has instructed, via the transport ministry, that TAGG accepts the decision of the EU’s Air Safety Committee and continues current restructuring and makes all “necessary arrangements” to be taken off the EU blacklist “as soon as possible.”

“In the case of this not happening by October, the Angolan government will reserve the right to not renew airline accords with some EU states,” added the official declaration. (macauhub)