Angolan air carrier Taag expected to receive authorisation to re-launch flights to Europe

9 July 2009

Lisbon, Portugal, 9 July – Angolan airline Taag is expected to receive authorisation to re-launch its flights to the European Union, from which it has been banned from flying since July 2007, when the Safety Commission of the European Commission meets in Brussels Thursday.

Last week the Portuguese National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) said that the Safety Commission would recommend that the Angolan airline be allowed to re-launch its flights between Luanda and Lisbon.

“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 after Taag went on to the blacklist of the European air space, due to a lack of safety in its operations. It previously operated to flights per week between Lisbon and Luanda. (macauhub)