The airlines of Angola, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe remain on the European Union’s blacklist and are not allowed to operate in European space, the European Commission indicated on Wednesday in Brussels.
The updated EU list ranking air security includes all the certified airlines in 20 countries, i.e. 278 companies totally prohibited from operating in EU airspace.
The European Commission highlighted the “progress made” in Mozambique, but noting that it is still insufficient. The country’s flag carrier, LAM Mozambique Airlines, has been banned from European airspace since 2011.
Regarding Angola, TAAG Angola Airlines continues to be allowed to operate “under strict conditions”, i.e. only with Boeing 777s, while 13 other airlines are banned.
STP Airways of São Tomé and Principe is not allowed to operate in European space. Its weekly flights to Lisbon use aircraft chartered from TACV Cabo Verde Airlines.
The Commission’s Wednesday decision was based on the unanimous finding of the EU’s Aviation Safety Committee, composed of security experts from each of the 28 member states along with Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and the European Aviation Safety Agency. (macauhub)