Sao Tome’s airline still banned from flying to Europe

1 April 2010

Montreal, Canada, 1 April – Sao tome and Principe’s flagship airline, STP Airways remains on the list of flight prohibitions from European airspace, due to not complying with safety requirements, the Portuguese consul general said in Montreal Wednesday.

At a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Fernando Deneré de Brito noted that, despite the cases of Angolan airline Taag and STP Airways not having been specifically discussed at the meeting, the limitations imposed on them were based on “complying with safety demands.”

Although they continue to operate flights to Portugal under special circumstances, the European Commission kept them on the European Union blacklist in line with the ICAO guidelines.

Tuesday the European Union lifted the ban on Taag applying some restrictions on operations, but kept STP Airways on the list of 278 airlines from 17 countries banned from flying in Europe.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Demeré de Brito – who regularly represents Portugal at ICAO meetings – said that “the current situation of Sao Tome’s airline is related to an authorisation request to use some types of aircraft, but which was not accepted by the EU, as they were not in line with requirements to fly to some destinations.” (macauhub)