Brazil’s Vale is responsible for increased air traffic at Tete airport in Mozambique

26 April 2012

Mining carried out by Brazilian group Vale in Mozambique has led to a rise in airport traffic in the city of Tete, capital of the province of the same name, according to a document from state airport manager Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdM).

A document from AdM to which Macauhub had access in Maputo said that due to oil and natural gas surveying by US company Anadarko Petroleum in the Rovuma basin, air and passenger traffic had also quickly grown at the Mocímboa da Praia, aerodrome in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique.

However, the document said that despite a rise in traffic at Tete and Mocímboa da Praia airports, those in Maputo, Beira and Nampula, the three regional capitals, saw the greatest amount of traffic in 2011.

Every month Maputo airport registered an average of 60,000 passengers, whilst in Beira, in Sofala province, the airport saw passenger traffic of 15,000 people per months, and Nampula 10,000 people per month.

The airports that received the largest amount of air traffic in 2011 were those of Maputo, with1,500 aircraft per month on average, followed by those of Beira and Vilanculos, a tourist destination, and that of Pemba, each with an average of 700 aircraft per month.

However, Vilanculos airport is low down on the list in terms of passenger traffic as most passengers are taken there in small airplanes.

Mozambique’s airports receive aircraft from airlines including TAP-Air Portugal, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Airlink, as well as Mozambican flagship airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM). (macauhub)