Mozambique Airlines (LAM) will start flying from Maputo to Cape Town, South Africa, from 12 December, with three flights a week, the company announced this Thursday (16).
The carrier had initially planned the first flight on this route for 22 November, but has now announced that the first flight will take place on 12 December, the day on which it also resumes, after three years, the route between Maputo and Lisbon, also with three flights a week.
LAM’s flight network currently covers 12 domestic destinations, as well as Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Harare and Lusaka, operating more than 40 flights a day using one Boeing 737, three Bombardier Q400s, two Bombardier CRJ 900s and two Embraer 145s operated by subsidiary MEX – Moçambique Expresso.
The Mozambican company says that the direct flights to and from Cape Town also have connections from Maputo to the country’s main tourist destinations.
The Cape Town and Lisbon destinations are part of the operator’s revitalisation plan, after the South African company Fly Modern Ark (FMA) took over management of LAM in April this year.
As part of this plan, LAM intends to double its fleet of aircraft to at least 22 by 2027. According to statements made by Hilário Tembe, operations director of the Mozambican flag carrier, on 29 September in Inhambane, during a ceremony marking the resumption of the direct link between that city and Johannesburg, South Africa, “in the coming years, the influx of aircraft is going to be very massive”.