Angolan national carrier says Luanda-Lisbon services back to normal

24 July 2007

Luanda, Angola, 24 July – Angolan national airline TAAG says its flights from Luanda to Lisbon, disrupted by an EU ban on the operator, are back onto a normal footing after the introduction of another wide-bodied aircraft.

TAAG’s commercial manager, José Venancio, said Monday: “It has not been easy for TAAG to find an aircraft on the market with the same capacity as ours. This aircraft with larger capacity had an unexpected technical problem and needed maintenance. It will only come on Tuesday.”

The Angolan flag flier was recently put on a blacklist by the European Union over safety concerns and banned from EU airspace. Since then, TAAG has leased aircraft from a number of European operators to continue its services to Lisbon and Paris from the Angolan capital.

The Angolan government has described the EU ban on TAAG as “unfair and hasty”, threatening to ban European airlines from Angolan airspace if the measures stay in force until October. (macauhub)