Civil aviation in Angola is safe, Transport Minister says

24 May 2013

Civil aviation in Angola has all required safety conditions, and this is why many foreign airlines are planning to increase the frequency of their flights, the Angolan Minister for Transport, Augusto da Silva Tomás said Thursday in Luanda.

Replying to members of parliament who were concerned about a proposed change to the Civil Aviation Law, the minister said that his guarantee was based on work carried out to reorganise airport facilities in the country and to improve safety systems.

“There are now many international airlines that not only fly to Angola but want to increase their flights, given the country’s safety conditions,” noted Silva Tomás, cited by Angolan news agency Angop.

The minister also said that there was a zero tolerance policy on air safety and that the government would not accept any kind of pressure and that proof of this was that most of the private airlines that operated in the country were banned from flying until they met international standards.

Silva Tomás also said that 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, airline Transportadora Aérea Angolana (Taag) and the National Civil Aviation Institute were regularly audited by international bodies such as IATA and the European Union, which ensured maintenance of the air sector.

“If the results were negative, Tag would remain on the blacklist, Luanda airport would be banned from receiving international flights and regulatory bodies would also be on the blacklist,” he said. (macauhub)