Portugal: Negotiations on end of air monopoly with Mozambique and Angola scheduled for 2009

1 September 2008

Lisbon, Portugal, 1 Sept – A review of the air transport agreements Portugal has with Mozambique and Angola to liberalise scheduled flights between the three countries has been set for 2009, an official from Portugal’s National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) said in Lisbon Friday.

Helena Faleiro, of the board of economic regulation of INAC, told Portuguese news agency Lusa that renegotiation of the air agreements had been concluded with three Portuguese-speaking African countries: Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea Bissau.

Negotiation on opening up links between the Portuguese capital and Luanda and Maputo are expected to be more difficult, as under the terms of the current bilateral agreements only the national airlines are allowed to provide these links.

The Portuguese government said Thursday it had approved an air transport agreement with Guinea Bissau, in which the number of airlines allowed to provide air links between the countries was unlimited.

Negotiations go back to 2006 and the agreement was signed in August 2007, but will only come into force after all formal proceedings have been carried out.

The new agreement also introduces the possibility of code share agreements between airlines chosen by the two countries and third parties. (macauhub)