Mozambique and Portugal end monopoly on air links

31 October 2018

Mozambique and Portugal have put an end to the monopoly of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) and TAP – Air Portugal on direct flights between the two countries, said the president of the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique.

João de Abreu also told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the two countries have opened the way for more airlines could explore the route by reviewing an agreement signed in 2010.

“This review consisted essentially of the modification of the point on ‘mono designation’ to ‘multiple designation’, that is, each State could now designate more than one airline for the air link between the two countries,” said Abreu.

The review of the document, known as the Air Transport Agreement, resulted from work carried out in May in Lisbon by technical groups of the two states’ regulatory authorities. It was signed in June during the visit of the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa to Mozambique, but only released now.

In addition to this amendment, the review of the agreement also includes aspects related to the routes, eliminating the obligation for flights between the two countries to pass through the airports of their respective capitals. (macauhub)