Airlines put forward proposed to operate in Mozambique

22 May 2015

The Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM) has received proposals from three airlines wishing to operate in Mozambique’s airspace, one of which may start operating next September, said the organisation’s president.

João Abreu also said that two of the companies plan to operate aircraft and the third with helicopters, and that the proposals are in the final certification phase, according to newspaper O País, the main private Mozambican daily.

The President of the IACM identified two of the three companies, Fly Africa and Mais, at a seminar on civil aviation in Maputo, and added that one of the carriers will operate from the city of Beira, in Sofala Province, central Mozambique, and another from Nacala, in Nampula province, north of the country.

If the proposals are approved, the companies will join the Mozambican flagship airline, Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, which has operated as a monopoly in the national domestic market, which has been identified as the reason for the high cost of tickets in the Mozambican airline.

On Tuesday, the government of Mozambique approved the proposed review of the Civil Aviation Law, which aims to adapt the legal framework to the current reality and ensure compliance with international standards for the sector as outlined in the Chicago Convention.

The document, to be submitted to the country’s parliament, seeks to clarify the role, mission, powers and jurisdiction of the IACM as well as its relationship with other entities, said the spokeswoman for the Council of Ministers, Ana Comoane. (macauhub/MZ)