Mozambican state airline increases number of flights to Tete from four to 17

6 December 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 Dec – Mozambican airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), this year has increased it number of weekly flights to Tete from four to 17 and it is possible that number will increase, the provincial director for Transport and communications of Tete province said.

The city of Tete currently has 21 flights per week, 17 of which are operated by LAM, Mozambique’s flagship airline, and the remainder by South Africa’s Airline, which links the Mozambican coal capital to the economic heart of South Africa, the city of Johannesburg.

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s flagship airline does not yet fly to Tete, the capital of the province that has been attracting interest in investing in coal mining, including from Brazilian mining company vale, Australia’s Riversdale Mining and Coal India.

The flow of investment in the coal sector, particularly in some districts of Tete including Moatize, is the reason behind the rise in number of flights to Tete province.

LAM has been making significant investments, of US$100 million, to modernise its fleet, with a view to replacing its Boeing 737-200 aircraft with Bombardier 400 and Embraer 190 aircraft acquired in Canada and Brazil, respectively.

As well as having launched regular routes to the Angolan capital Luanda, in February LAM’s board of directors announced it would re-launch flights to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, on a route that is currently operated by Portuguese airline TAP – Air Portugal on a code share basis with LAM. (macauhub)