Angola’s national carrier resumes flights to Lisbon

13 July 2007

Lisbon, Portugal, 13 July – Angolan national airline TAAG, banned from European Union airspace, has resumed its flights from Luanda to Lisbon using aircraft leased from Portuguese operator Orbest

TAAG spokesperson Angela Barros told Angolan state radio that the company’s Luanda-Lisbon-Luanda services had resumed Thursday

Portugal’s INAC civil aviation authority said Thursday it had received a “legal” request from TAAG to operate into Portugal using “appropriately certified” aircraft.

The Angolan government said Tuesday that the EU blacklisting of TAAG last week was “hasty and unfair”, adding that Luanda’s transport ministry was overseeing restructuring of the national airline and taking all “measures necessary” to get the EU ban lifted.

If the European ban on TAAG lasts until October, warned Luanda, some European airlines flying to Angola could have their operating licenses suspended. (macauhub)