TAAG chooses Lisbon for resuming flights between Angola and Europe

28 July 2009

Luanda, Angola, 28 July – Angolan Airline (TAAG) considers the Lisbon route to be its best European option from a commercial perspective, which is why it has chosen to begin flights to Portugal.

Flights to Lisbon should start from the first week in August after a suspension of around two years.

Rui Carreira, of the company’s Management Commission told Angop news agency that the Lisbon route was not imposed by the European Union, but was the Angolan airline’s choice.

He said that TAAG was not yet ready to fly to other European capitals.

In mid-July the European Union authorized TAAG to fly to one European destination only, and not to exceed 10 flights per week.

In July 2007 TAAG was included by the European Union’s Air Safety Commission on its “blacklist” of airlines banned from European air space because of safety issues.

At the latest revision of the European “blacklist” of airlines banned from European airspace, TAAG was authorized to resume flights to Lisbon, “only with certain aircraft and according to strict conditions.” (macauhub)