Angola: EU to study lifting of TAAG ban

19 February 2008

Luanda, Angola, 19 Feb – European Union experts began on Monday an investigation of measures taken by Brussels against Angolan airline TAAG that resulted in the operator being banned from European airspace in July 2007.

The EU team comprises officials appointed by EU member states and by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The removing of TAAG from an EU blacklist depends on the result of a report to be issued at the end of the evaluation ending on 22 Feb.

TAAG sources say they are “optimistic” at the result of the report by the EU air safety team, invited to Angola by the Luanda authorities. TAAG spokesperson Agnela Barros told the Lusa news agency the operator had “done everything” to rectify safety lapses detected by French officials last July that lead to the ban.

Barros added that the incident “was a good chance to change everything” for the company and presently “all TAAG’s operations are updated and informed according to the most demanding international standards.” (macauhub)