British Airways resumes Angola flights

12 July 2007

London, United Kingdom, 12 July – Angola’s civil aviation authorities have lifted a ban on British Airways, which had its license to operate a London-Luanda flight withdrawn last week in the wake of a European Union blacklisting of Angola’s national carrier.

A BA spokesperson said the UK airline was informed it could resume flights to Luanda “at the beginning of the week”, adding that the company’s weekly Friday service “is being scheduled again.”

Angola withdrew BA’s operating license after the UK authorities banned Angolan national airline TAAG following the EU’s announcement it was going to blacklist TAAG over safety concerns.

BA contacted “the Angolan authorities and encouraged them to lift the ban on our flight,” said the spokesperson, adding that TAAG was still prohibited from flying to the UK during the EU ban. (macauhub)