Emirates plans to launch international flights to Mozambique next July, with routes that include direct flights to Dubai, the president of the National Civil Aviation Authority, João de Abreu announced on Wednesday in Maputo.
De Abreu said that the decision announced by Emirates comes after the airline carried out market studies for a period of two years.
Emirates flights to Mozambique will start in Dubai, a stopover in Maputo on their way to Gaborone, in Botswana.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Janfar Abdulai, said on Wednesday that the licensing and certification of airports in Mozambique is one of the government’s tasks for this term of office.
Mozambique has two airports certified to receive international flights: Maputo, the capital of the country, and Nacala, in the northern province of Nampula. The airport in Beira, in the central province of Sofala, is in the final phase of the certification process.
In 2019 a decree establishing points of entry for international flights in the provincial capitals was approved and, as a result, the aerodromes of Chimoio, in the central province of Manica, and Mocimboa da Praia, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, started receiving traffic from scheduled international flights.
De Abreu said that the Chongoene airport, in the southern province of Gaza, is expected to be included in this phase of licensing.
This airport, which has an estimated construction cost of US$80 million, has funding of US$60 million from a loan taken on by Mozambique from the China Export-Import Bank, and the first stone was laid by President Filipe Nyusi in October 2019. (macauhub)