Maputo, 12 Dec (AIM) – Mozambique Airlines (LAM) resumes on Tuesday direct flights from Maputo to Lisbon, after an interruption of 12 years.
The resumption of the flights is the result of a partnership between LAM and the Portuguese company, Euro Atlântico.
The inaugural flight, which will be carried out by a Boeing 777-200, will take place on Tuesday night from Lisbon to Maputo. The aircraft has the capacity to transport 320 passengers – 30 in executive class, and the remainder in economy class.
In April, the government placed LAM under the management of the South African company Fly Modern Ark (FMA), which is responsible of bringing the company’s into profitability, and rescuing it from bankruptcy.
LAM will operate return flights between Maputo and Lisbon three times a week and the company expects to earn between 320,000 and 360,000 US dollars from each flight.
Last September, the company announced the resumption of direct flights between Johannesburg and the southern Mozambican city of Inhambane, as well as the intention of buying a Boeing 737 freighter to handle cargo transport within the country and abroad.
LAM, which has nine aircraft, also plans to acquire three more this year to respond to the resumption of connections with neighbouring countries and the introduction of new routes.