Air transport in Mozambique has 20 percent predicted growth for this year

6 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Aug – Mozambique’s air transport sector should grow by around 20 percent this year compared to 2008, a source in Maputo from the Transport and Communications Ministry has told macauhub.

Also according to the same source, the road transport sector could grow 16 percent and rail transport five percent.

Growth in the air transport sector is due to the improvement in air traffic flow, together with the renovation of the national airline’s, Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM)’s fleet.

The Mozambican government is, however, trying to persuade the airline to establish code share partnerships with other companies in the sector, since LAM has already signed one such agreement with Portuguese airline TAP.

In the wake of the fleet renovation, LAM has a project for the purchase of six new aircraft in Canada and Brazil, a package of just over US$100 million, and has already received two Canadian Bombardier Q 400 aircraft, which make domestic flights.

Of the two other aircraft, from Brazilian company Embraer, one will arrive next Saturday and the second in September, according to Adam Yussuf, LAM’s marketing and communications director.

Also according to the same source, the code share agreement with Angolan airline Taag should come into effect in October. (macauhub)