Angola: EU experts analyse Taag’s ban on flying to Europe

7 April 2009

Luanda, Angola, 7 April – A team of EU air safety experts made a “formal” visit this weekend to Angola’s National Institute of Civil Aviation (Inavic), to assess Angolan airline, Taag’s ban on flying in European airspace.

Inavic spokesman, Síria de Castro, said that “there is still a lot of preparation work to do, because Angola has not updated the International Air Transport Association (IATA) procedures and standards for over 30 years,” which is now being done.

Taag appeared in July 2007 on the EU Air Safety Commission’s blacklist of airlines banned from flying in European airspace for safety reasons.

“The European Union does not have the power to certify either Taag or Inavic. Anyway, over the weekend a team of European experts has been here, though not to carry out an evaluation, as has been rumoured in some circles. It was actually a formal visit on which the National Institute of Civil Aviation, as the aviation authority, had the satisfaction of demonstrating the work it has been doing,” added Síria de Castro.

Taag is still hoping to recommence flying over Europe this year, according to airline sources, and insists that all problems of non-conformity attributed to it are being resolved, and is now awaiting certification by Inavic, scheduled for the 15th of this month. (macauhub)