Angolan airline TAAG has been removed from the EU’s aviation “blacklist” can now fly again without restrictions in the European airspace, which has not happened since 2007, the European Commission announced on Tuesday in Brussels.
The Commission said in a statement there was positive news for Angola, “as its national airline TAAG Angola Airlines, as well as Heli Malongo, which have operated with restrictions since November 2008, have been removed from the list.”
The decision was taken on the basis of the unanimous opinion of the Member States’ security experts who met from 2 to 4 April at the headquarters of the Air Safety Committee, chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), according to the statement.
TAAG was included in the EU’s “blacklist” in July 2007, and in late 2008 it was again allowed to fly to Europe but under operational restrictions, and was only allowed to fly to Portugal in the first phase and only three aircraft of its fleet were “validated” by Brussels, and the restrictions have changed slightly over the successive updates of the list since then.
Until Tuesday’s update, TAAG continued to have restrictions on part of its fleet, only being able to fly in European airspace with its Boeing B737-700, Boeing B777-200 and Boeing B777-300 aircraft. (Macauhub)