Mozambican airline, LAM ends stop-overs in Tete and Lichinga due to fuel shortage

6 July 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 06 July – Mozambican sate airline, LAM has put an end ot stop-overs in the cities of Tete and Lichinga due to a lack of fuel in those cities, which makes it impossible to refuel the aircraft.

Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) said in a statement that its was “making every effort in operating and commercial terms in order to minimize,” the effects of the problem for its operations and passengers, but did not specify when the problem might be overcome.

The responsibility for the problem is attributed to the fuel companies responsible for refuelling the aircraft that stop over in the two cities in the north of the country.

The company added that it was in negotiations to find an alternative supplier if supply was not taken up again by the current companies soon.

The air carrier currently operates a Boeing 767, for long-haul flights, three Boeing 737s, for medium-haul and regional and domestic routes, as well as two JetStream 41, small airplanes for short routes and charter flights.

As well as the two stop-overs that have now been suspended, the airline flies to Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and also to some regional tourist destination such as Vilanculos, Pemba, Chimoio, Dar-es-Salaam and Durban. (macauhub)