European Commission Safety Commission recommends that Angola’s Taag can re-launch flights between Luanda and Lisbon

3 July 2009

Lisbon, Portugal, 3 July – The Safety Commission of the European Commission will recommend that Angola’s national airline Taag be removed from the blacklist and re-launch flights between Luanda and Lisbon, Portugal’s National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) said in Lisbon Thursday.

“The college of commissioners, which is due to meet soon, on accepting this recommendation will allow Taag, Angola’s airline, to re-launch operations between Luanda and Lisbon, with Portugal’s INAC committing to inspecting the aircraft that will operate the flights on his route,” said INAC’s statement.

INAC will also have to present reports to the Safety Commission “with a view o removing all Angolan airlines from the so-called blacklist,” it said.

The Safety Committee is a consulting group of the Commission that evaluates the safety of air transport in different countries throughout the world.

The recommendation comes two years (July 2007) after Taag went on to the blacklist of the European air space, due to a lack of safety in its operations.

At the time it was banned, Taag carried out six flights per week between Lisbon and Luanda.

InApril the commission noted “significant progress” had been made by tag opting, however, to keep the ban on the Angolan airline.

INAC also said that its involvement was “important” for gaining authorization for Taag to fly to Lisbon, specifically via its cooperation protocol with its counterpart in Angola, Inavic. (macauhub)