Angolan government approves civil aviation law

13 September 2007

Luanda, Angola, 13 Sept – The government of Angola Wednesday in Luanda approved the new civil aviation law, for regulation of the sector’s activities in national and international air space under Angolan jurisdiction, officials said.

The diploma approved by the Council of Ministers aims to incorporate standards and practices recommended by the International Civial Aviation Organization (ICAO).

According to a press release, the law also aims for state institutions responsible for the sector to organize themselves in order to effectively respond to new challenges.

Since July, Angolan state airline TAAG has been banned from flying in European air space, due to alleged irregularities found by European Union experts.

In a joint press conference held Wednesday in Luanda, the Ministry of Transport, the National Civil Aviation Institute and TAAG, the airline’s chairman said that the company was “correcting operational support procedures in line with the demands of the European Union Safety Committee.”

Deputy Transport Minister, Hélder Preza said that a team of inspectors from the EU Air Safety Committee may visit Angola before November 19.

He noted that a visit by European experts to Angola was expected to take place before the next meeting of the EU Air safety Committee which will look at the implementation by the Angolan government of a plan to remove TAAG from the blacklist of companies banned from flying over Europe. (macauhub)