Angola: Taag remains on blacklist and is banned from flying in European Union air space

25 July 2008

Brussels, Belgium, 25 July – TAAG, Angola’s flag flyer, is to remain on the European Commission blacklist of airlines banned from European air space, which was updated Wednesday and will only be reviewed in October, officials said.

Only one airline was removed from the blacklist, which was last updated in April, Iranian air carrier Mahan Airlines, with Brussels saying that this had been due to the “significant efforts and progress made by this airline,” and which were verified during an inspection in Iran.

About a year ago, on 2 July 2007, Brussels announced that Taag has been added to its blacklist of airlines banned from flying in Europe, for reasons of lack of safety, after the Air Safety Committee, a week before, had unanimously approved that decision.

The EC’s blacklist includes around 100 airlines forbidden from flying in European air space because they do not meet safety standards and are a danger to passengers.

The list is drawn up based on contributions from member states, which inform Brussels of airlines with potential problems, and is updated on a quarterly-basis, and thus the next review will take place in October. (macauhub)