Africa: Ethiopian Airlines joint venture launches domestic flights in Mozambique
Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines has launched domestic flights in Mozambique as part of its strategy to penetrate new African routes, Ethiopian Airways chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam announced on Saturday.
Gebremariam told reporters in Nacala city during the ceremony to launch scheduled domestic that Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines would connect eight domestic destinations in the southern African nation. These are Maputo, Nampula, Tete, Pemba, Beira, Nacala, Quelimane and Chimoio, “The launch of the operations, which takes place through a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, is expected to promote the necessary and improved air connectivity in the country and abroad, thereby increasing the share of African indigenous carriers in the continent’s air transport market,” Gebremariam said.
During the inaugural flight which departed from the port city of Nacala to Maputo on Saturday, Gebremariam noted that Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines was an example that Africans are joining to establish an airline that will support economic development and allow the continent to gain a better share of the travel market to and from Africa, currently dominated by non-African carriers.
“I want to thank the Government of Mozambique for its visionary decision and policies that allowed the start of the activities of Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines,” he said.
In June last year, Mozambique Civil Aviation Institute (IACM) authorised seven foreign companies, including Ethiopian Airlines and Malawi Airways to operate domestic routes for the first time ever, as the southern African nation moved to liberalise the air industry.