Airlines from Mozambique, Sao Tome and Angola remain on EU blacklist

Airlines from Angola, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe are still banned from flying in European Union (EU) air space, according to the black list published Thursday by the European Commission.

In Angola’s case the only exception is flagship airline TAAG, which is permitted to fly in the whole of the EU air space, subject to restrictions on the types of aircraft it uses.

The information from the Commission specifies that of TAAG’s fleet only its Boeing 737-700, 777-200 and 777-300 models will be allowed to fly over the European Union.

In Mozambique’s case the list includes 17 airlines, the main one being flagship airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM). The list also includes two airlines from Sao Tome and Principe, one of which is STP Airways.

The Angolan airline had already announced it had been removed from the EU black list “and is now authorised to fly to all countries as well as Portugal, which was the only country where it could fly.”

The airline was listed on the so-called EU black list in July 2007 and, despite successive EU audits, only in 2009 was permitted to start tests flights to Portugal (first to Lisbon and then to Porto), following agreements signed by the aviation authorities of both countries. (macauhub/AO/MZ/PT/ST)