Mozambican government to open up some airports o private operators

17 August 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Aug – The Mozambican government has opened up the exploration, operation and management of some of the country’s airports to private companies, bringing an end to decades of state monopoly, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The paper said that the government had approved a decree to remove legal obstacles to national private companies being involved, with the spokesman for the Council of Ministers, Victor Bernardo saying, “from now on several airport services can be provided by appropriate private sector companies.”

Baggage handling and collecting fees for the services provided, such as departure tax, are examples of that.

Maputo airport is on the list of strategic airport facilities that have room for implementing various projects. The list also includes the airports/aerodromes of Beira (Sofala), Ponta do Ouro (Maputo province), Bilene (Gaza), Vilankulo (Inhambane) and Tete.

“With this measure the aim is to make the institution appropriate to the level of development of tourism, as there are increasingly more people travelling and the use of airport facilities across the country is also increasing,” he said.

According to information from company Aeroportos de Moçambique there are numerous business opportunities for the private sector in the airport segment, such as check-in and transfer of passengers, cargo, mail and the trend to transform shopping centres into attractive leisure locations.

With the hosting of the Soccer World Cup in neighbouring South Africa in 2010, Maputo airport is expected to see its largest-ever influx of passengers. (macauhub)