European Commission authorises Angola’s Taag to fly to Portugal

15 July 2009

Brussels, Belgium, 15 July – The European Commission has decided to authorise Angolan airline Taag to re-launch flights to Portugal, “only with certain aircraft and according to very strict conditions,” the EC government said Tuesday in Brussels.

The decision, which was based on a cooperation and assistance agreement between the civil aviation authorities of Angola and Portugal is part of the more recent update of the “black list” of companies banned from flying in European air space.

The European Commission, “recognises” the “progress made by Angola’s civil aviation authorities and its air carrier Taag to resolve the problems in a gradual and safe way.”

European Transport Commissioner, António Tajani noted that Taag remains on the European Union (EU) “black list” but was authorised to carry out 10 flights per week to Lisbon, which is the same as it carried out before the ban was put in place.

However, the flight that the airline used to operate to Paris has still not been authorised.

The decision announced Tuesday comes two years after Taag was put on the “black list” of the European air space, in July 2007, due to a lack of safety in its operations. (macauhub)