Mozambique’s air space has been liberalised, the country’s Transport and Communications Minister said Friday in Maputo, and invited everyone that was interested in the sector to “come and invest, come and fly.”
The minister was speaking at the naming ceremony for two new aircraft of flagship airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), and said that, “I want to make use of this occasion to encourage all national airlines to take an active part in the development of the national economy in general and in tourism development in particular.”
According to Mozambican news agency AIM, complaints about the country’s air space, mainly put forward by the national private sector, are not about liberalisation itself, but rather about excessive bureaucracy in the process of acquiring operating licenses.
At a meeting with the government in July, the Confederation of Mozambican Economic Associations (CTA) said that the large number of procedures required to obtain a license makes it prohibitive for new agents to operate in Mozambique’s air space.
Mozambique currently ahs 13 airlines certified by the national authorities – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, Mozambique Express (Mex), Trans Airways/Kaya Airlines, Helicópteros Capital, CFA Mozambique, Unique Air Charter, Aerovisão de Mozambique, Safari Air, ETA Air Charter Lda, Emílio Air Charter Lda, CFM-TTA Sa, Aero-Serviços Sarl and VR Cropsprayers Lda.
Most of these airlines provide charter flights from Johannesburg to a number of tourist destinations in Mozambique, including the Bazaruto archipelago, in the coastal province of Inhambane, and the Quirimbas archipelago, in Cabo Delgado, in the north of the country. The exception is Kaya Airlines, which offers some domestic flights on the Maputo-Beira, Maputo-Vilanculos, Maputo-Tete and Maputo-Nampula routes. (macauhub)