Mozambican state airline LAM plans to re-launch flights to Lisbon, Portugal in 2012

16 December 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Dec – Mozambican flagship airline, Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) plans to re-launch flights to Lisbon, Portugal in 2012, using its own aircraft and crews, the airline’s chairman, Teodoro Watty said Thursday in Maputo.

LAM announced it was suspending its flights to Lisbon as of 22 November in order to reformulate its strategy as until that date flights to Lisbon, which were LAM’s only intercontinental flights, were carried out using aircraft and some crew from Portuguese airline Euro Atlantic Airways, because the Mozambican airline is banned from flying in Europe.

“We believe we are doing everything possible so that in 2012 that route (Maputo-Lisbon-Maputo) can be re-established, which will depend on the European authorities,” Watty said speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

At a meeting held from 8 to 10 November, the European Commission decided to maintain its ban on LAM flights and those of all other Mozambican airlines in European air space, saying that there were “serious deficiencies found in the area of safety,” which had required it to, “adopt decisive measures.” (macauhub)