Mozambique launches tender for the allocation of air routes
The Civil Aviation Authority of Mozambique launched a public tender for the allocation of domestic, regional and international air routes to private carriers, according to a notice published in the Mozambican press.
The routes up for tender are split between eight international airports in Mozambique (Maputo, Beira, Inhambane, Vilanculos, Tete, Nampula and Nacala) and 13 countries, as well as domestic routes between 11 airports in the country.
From Maputo airport, for example, there are possibilities for operators to fly to different cities in South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, Singapore, Turkey, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, Malawi, Kenya, Mauritius, Botswana, Vietnam and Qatar, on a total of 30 routes.
Under the tender, which stems from the fact that the Mozambican airspace was liberalised a few years ago, and there are 110 possible destinations to explore, including international and domestic routes.
João de Abreu, president of the Mozambique Civil Aviation Authority, said that interested companies have 30 days to submit their proposals, to be followed by the evaluation phase. Within 90 days there will be a final list of operators authorised to operate the routes now put out to tender.
Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM), the country’s flag carrier, has five aircraft at a standstill, which account for half of its fleet. It has recently been criticised for flight delays and the poor quality of service provided to customers.