Mozambican air carrier postpones flights to Portugal until June

26 February 2020

Mozambican airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) has postponed the return of flights to Lisbon, Portugal until 2 June after initially scheduling the move for 31 March, the managing-director of the carrier said in Maputo.

The announcement of the resumption of flights which will initially be offered three times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), was made by the managing director, João Carlos Pó Jorge, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the airline, in Maputo, where he also gave details of the transcontinental project.

The managing director also said that flights will be carried out using an Airbus A330-200, with a capacity of 269 passengers (of which 251 in economy and 18 in executive class), and the inaugural flight is scheduled for the evening of 2 June, from Lisbon, and scheduled to arrive in Maputo the following morning.

The flights will be carried out in partnership with Hi Fly, a Portuguese airline company specialised in wet leasing aircraft, in which the lessor provides the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance, and the lessee pays for the number of hours operated.

Pó Jorge said in October 2019 have the airline had decided to resume the connection to the Portuguese capital to “satisfy a strong desire from friendly clients, including the Mozambican diaspora in Portugal, who have long awaited our direct flights, which is confirmed by market research.”

This announcement by LAM came after the airline solved the problems that led to it being banned from flying in European Union air space, since 2011, due to “safety deficiencies.” (macauhub)