Guinea-Bissau authorities have lifted a ban that grounded an Airbus aircraft stranded at Bissau Osvaldo airport on government orders since November 2021, a Bissau-Guinean civil aviation source told Portuguese news agency Lusa today.
The aircraft from The Gambia was the subject of heated controversy in the country. A rift involved the Prime Minister, Nuno Nabiam, who ordered the plane’s grounding, and the Guinean President, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, who has always refuted any illegality linked to the Airbus landing in Bissau.
However, Guinea-Bissau’s Attorney General’s Office issued a statement announcing an investigation into the Airbus A340 aircraft landing in Bissau on suspicion of illegal cargo transport activities.
The new government’s directive signed by the president of AACGB, Caramo Camará was addressed to the agency that controls Guinea-Bissau’s airspace, but also to several other agencies like Asecna, Air Force, the migration and border services, the Judicial Police and the National Airport Guard.
According to a Guinea Bissau government source, in compliance with an order from the Minister of Transport and Communications, the Civil Aviation Authority of Guinea-Bissau (AACGB) has issued a circular informing several institutions about the suspension of the aircraft’s flight ban.
The instructions dated April 5 now authorize “The Airbus A340 to take-off as the judicial process that kept it grounded have been called off by the Public Prosecutor’s Office“.
Published on May 19, 2022