The international airports in Mozambique will be reduced to three and the southern region will be served only by Maputo international Airport, the central region by Beira Airport and the northern region by Nacala Airport, said the chairman of state airport manager Aeroportos de Moçambique (AdM).
Emanuel Chaves, cited by Diario de Mozambique, a newspaper published in Beira, Sofala province, also said that the remaining airports – Nampula, Pemba and Vilankulos – will no longer receive international traffic.
The main aim of this measure is to transform Nacala International Airport, in the north, which opened in 2014, into an international centre for passenger distribution, which will compete in the market with the airports of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, in addition to airports in Nairobi (Kenya) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).
Speaking at a seminar to publicise Nacala Airport, during the Maputo International Fair (Facim) in Marracuene, the southern province of Maputo, Chaves stressed he was not the only one to make a similar decision, citing the cases of South Africa and Ethiopia, which “saw long ago the economic benefits of reducing the points of entry and international air outlets in their territory.”
South Africa, for example, despite being a much larger territory than Mozambique and having much more international air traffic than Mozambique only has three international airports and Ethiopia has a single point of entry and exit by air. (macauhub/MZ)