Maputo, 18 Sep (AIM) – The Mozambican Institute of Civil Aviation (IACM) and its Eswatini counterpart, ESWACAA, have signed an agreement to start operating routes between the two countries.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), according to Eswatini Daily News, was signed during the visit to Eswatini by Mozambican Transport Minister Mateus Magala.
According to IACM Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joao Martins de Abreu, in order to move forward both countries had agreed to maintain what the Air Service Agreement (ASA) recommends.
He stated that Mozambique was ready and is only waiting for Eswatini to speed up the process. “Through these signatures or MoU, we are agreeing that we will work together as a team,” he said.
For his part, the ESWACAA Director General, Andile Mthethwa, said that the MoU paves the way for the two contracting states to start negotiating an ASA that would allow for different degrees of freedom of the air.
She mentioned that these were a set of commercial aviation rights granting a country’s airlines the privilege to enter another country’s airspace.
“An air service agreement was an international treaty between two or more nations that governs the rights of airlines from each country to fly in the other countries’ airspace and land at their airports. These agreements are typically negotiated by the governments of each country,” she said.
The two civil aviation authorities have also signed an agreement outlining the conditions of operations paving the way for the signing of the Air Service Agreement.
The ASA will allow the free movement of international commercial air services within the member states. Both countries must expedite the signing of the ASA.