in Air Transport / ATM & Regulatory

New airlines set for 'opening' Mozambique market

Posted 28 May 2015 · Add Comment

Mozambique's regulatory authority Mozambique Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA) has given the go-ahead for three new airlines to apply for AOCs and all three are getting ready for operations

The three companies include a dedicated helicopter operation based in Maputo while the other were named as Fly Africa and MAIS.

FlyAfrica.com’s parent company is based in Mauritius with operating companies already underway in Zimbabwe and Namibia. After Mozambique, the airline is eyeing opportunities for its fleet of Boeing B737 aircraft in Gabon too.

MAIS (Mozambique Air Services) has initial plans to serve Beira, Nampula, Pemba, and Tete out of Maputo, using a number of Airbus A320 for operations.. The airline has plans to expand regionally to destinations such as Johannesburg, Lusaka, Lubumbashi, and even Nairobi.

MCAA’s CEO Joao de Abreu said there were no clear timelines for either airline to complete the process to attain an AOC, pre-requisite to commence flight operations. He said the government was hopeful that the airlines would utilise smaller aircraft to reach domestic airports in more remote parts of the country, and said if they didn’t, other new airlines could enter the country’s register.

This supports announcements made earlier in the week by the Minister of Transport and Communications, Carlos Mesquita who said Mozambique is open to the entry of new private air operators, national or foreign, provided that they follow Mozambican legislation for that purpose.

Regarding the European ban on the national flag carrier, LAM, Carlos Mesquita said that the concern of Mozambique is not only to fly to Europe, but also to guarantee greater security for passengers at national and regional level. Once this stage is reached then the ability to grow by flying to other destinations will follow.

“ We will continue to work to clean up our image because we will not allow that it is negatively exposed in the market. The approval of aviation regulations by the Council of Ministers is a contributor to this end. It is another tool that will allow us to get out of this situation," said Mesquita.

 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

RwandAir and Qatar Airways join forces

RwandAir and Qatar Airways have forged a new partnership. As part of the strategic agreement, the extensive interline agreement will give customers access to the networks of both airlines.

Airbus reports half-year 2021 results

Airbus has reported consolidated financial results for the half-year (H1) ended 30 June 2021.

Training: Kenya and UK sign defence agreement

UK and Kenya have signed new defence cooperation agreement to tackle shared threat from Al-Shabaab with training at the heart of the agreement.

African airlines’ international cargo demand in June increased 33.5%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air cargo markets for June showing a 9.9% improvement on pre-COVID-19 performance (June 2019).

African airlines’ traffic fell 68.2% in June

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger demand performance for June 2021 showing a very slight improvement in both international and domestic air travel markets. Demand remains significantly below

A book for airlines CEOs and accountable managers is published

A book which addresses all the leadership challenges in a civil aviation company has been written by Dr Mark j Pierotti`s, commercial department director at Abu Dhabi Aviation.

Aviation Africa 2021 SKOC
See us at
Aviation Africa 2021 BTOCAviation MENA 2022DAS21_BTWDS BT1202090322