Angola’s airline plans to re-launch flights to Portugal on 1 August

16 July 2009

Luanda, Angola, 16 July – Taag, Angola’s flagship airline plans to re-launch its flights to Lisbon, Portugal on 1 August after the European Commission decided Tuesday on a partial lift on the carrier’s ban from flying in European air space.

According to a statement from the Angolan Transport Ministry, the airline is authorised to carry out 10 flights per week and these will be subject to inspections by the Angolan and Portuguese national civil aviation institutes.

If Taag has total conformity throughout the inspections, the meeting of the European Union Air Safety Committee, in November, may confirm the airline’s removal from the list of companies banned from flying in EU air space, and will be able to re-launch flights to other European destinations.

On Tuesday, European Transport Commissioner, António Tajani noted that Taag remained on the EU “black list” but was authorised to carry out 10 flights per week to Lisbon, although it remained banned from operating the weekly flight it used to have to Paris.

Taag’s inclusion in the EU “black list” led to the dismissal of the Transport minsiter and the company’s entire board of directors in 2008 as well as a significant restructuring of the airline, which also covered the National Institute of Civil Aviation (Inavic). (macauhub)