Sao Tome airline resumes flights to Portugal

31 July 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 31 July – Sao Tome carrier STP Airways has resumed flights to Lisbon, Portugal, following the banning of one of the airline’s partners, Angola’s TAAG, from European Union airspace.

Delfim Neves, Sao Tome’s minister responsible for aviation, told macauhub that STP Airways leased aircraft from a South African operator and resumed its Lisbon service on Monday.

The STP Airways flight to Lisbon begins in Luanda, with a stop in Sao Tome.

The airline’s arrangement for its Lisbon service is temporary and comes about a week ahead of a meeting between the two partners in the carrier, TAAG and Euroatlantic of Portugal, to discuss the future of the company following the blacklisting of TAAG by the EU.

STP Airways opened its twice-weekly Lisbon route in February using a TAAG Boeing 737-700. The Angolan airline and Euroatlantic were chosen to take over Sao Tome’s newly privatized national carrier earlier this year. (macauhub)