Portugal negotiates increase in flights to Angola and Mozambique

13 March 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 13 Mar – Portugal is negotiating with the Angolan and Mozambican governments to increase flights to these countries, Portuguese public works minister, Mário Lino said.

Speaking to Portuguese daily, Público, Lino added that the issue had been discussed during his recent visit to Angola and said he hoped that within a month approval would be given for flights between Lisbon and Luanda to increase from three to four times a week.

In the long term, he said, the Portuguese government hoped to increase the TAP-Air Portugal route to seven times a week.

Negotiations of the same kind are also underway with the Mozambican authorities, Lino said, without giving further details.

Lino also said that the privatization process for TAP, which is currently being prepared, would keep a majority stake in the State’s hands. (macauhub)