Portuguese airline euroAtlantic Airways plans to cooperate with Mozambican airline LAM in its bid to return to Europe via Lisbon, the company’s chief executive said in Maputo.
Eugénio Fernandes, who travelled to Maputo for talks with the government and Mozambique’s flagship airline, told Portuguese news agency Lusa that “there are a willingness and interest to cooperate with LAM on this project.”
LAM’s plan is to resume flights between Maputo and Lisbon at least until March of next year, and before that date a tender will be launched to select an operator to cooperate with the Mozambican airline.
EuroAtlantic Airways, a company founded in 1993, operates regular flights to two other Portuguese-speaking countries, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe.
The Mozambican Minister of Transport and Communications announced last week that the Mozambican government was negotiating with a Portuguese airline the return of LAM to Europe space from the first quarter of 2020.
Carlos Mesquita, quoted by the daily newspaper Notícias, in Maputo, said only that negotiations are underway, but did not name the Portuguese airline.
The prospect of LAM flights returning to Europe follows the European Union lifting the flight ban imposed on Mozambican carriers in Europe. (Macauhub)