The Minister of Transport and Communications, Mateus Magala, admitted this Monday, 20 November, that the fleet of Mozambique Airlines (LAM) “is not in the condition” desired by the Executive, saying that the reforms underway will help resolve the “constant breakdowns”.
Speaking at a public event in Maputo, the government official acknowledged the problems, stressing that everyone knows that the fleet is not in the desired condition, so “I don’t even want to spend time here justifying why the plane broke down”.
The Mozambican government official made these statements ten days after an aircraft operated by LAM, which was on a flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, suffered a depressurisation, forcing it to make an emergency return to Maputo.
“In this case, the crew took the decision to return to Maputo, the company’s operational base. The flight landed safely at Maputo International Airport,” LAM said in a statement on 10 November, adding that a passenger felt ill and was taken to a hospital.
In view of the situation, the minister said that, in addition to the public, the “constant breakdowns” recorded by the flag carrier bother government officials in the first place, not least because the mandate given to managers dictates that they do their job with “professionalism and great effectiveness”.
“Our managers need to be more refined in order to meet expectations,” said Mateus Magala, adding that a transformation of “minds and attitudes” is also needed.
“The financial and technical resources will be available, in one way or another, but what is most needed is the attitude, what we do with these means. Therefore, I believe that with these reforms we are carrying out, we will find a point of equilibrium,” said Magala.
Just yesterday, LAM’s Board of Directors removed the operations, technical and commercial directors, citing the company’s ongoing restructuring, the need to “create greater dynamism” and promote “continuous improvement”.
According to two service orders to which Lusa has had access, the decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the Board of Directors, and with immediate effect Hilário Tembe, operations director, was removed, replaced by Alexandre Barradas, Pascoal Bernardo, technical director, replaced by Agira Nhabanga, and Maria Luísa Ferreira, commercial director, replaced by Firmino Naftal.