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Tuesday, 02 June 2009 16:11

Angola Enacts Air Service Law


Angola, February 7 - Angola has enacted a law that establishes the principles and rules governing air services, aeronautic infrastructures, certification and exercise of powers of the aeronautic authority.

The law [1/08] was gazetted on 16 January after it has been passed by the national assembly. It replaces the existing laws enacted on 20 April 2007 and it aims to update and modernise civil aviation matters in the country.

This would adjust the country's aviation industry to overcome the demands of national and international aeronautic activity.

The new law is also expected to demonstrate Angola's readiness to comply with conventions or international regulations it has ratified. This includes the Chicago Conventions on International Civil Aviation. It seeks to guarantee the security of the air space.

Most people described the enactment of the new law as timely because Angola has been faced with plane crashes, the last being on 19 January 200 this year, when the B-200 aircraft crashed in the central Huambo province, killing 12 people onboard.

The victims included two Portuguese citizens and the owner of the crashed plane.

A technical commission tasked with investigating the crash has been appointed by Angolan Transport Minister, André Luís Brandão. The commission is coordinated by Brandão's deputy, Hélder Presa. (END/2009)


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