Angolan state airline TAAG close to flying in European air space without restrictions

16 December 2009

Lisbon, Portugal, 16 Dec – Angolan airline Taag, which has been on the European Union black list of flying in EU air space since June 2007, has had its safety standards internationally recognised, Portuguese newspaper Sol reported.

According to the paper, the chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Givanni Bisignani said in Geneva that “a giant step has been taken for Taag to return to flying in Europe.”

Bisignani told Sol that he had signed an authorisation from IATA recognising that Taag had the safety conditions to operate all over the world.

Taag is in the group of airlines prohibited from flying in European air space due to a lack of safety conditions in its operations, based on IATA’s reports.

Since August the flagship Angolan airline has been authorised to fly to Lisbon, but not to the rest of Europe as yet. (macauhub)