Ethiopian Airlines launches regular domestic flights in Mozambique

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Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines has launched regular domestic flights in Mozambique under a strategy to operate in other African markets, the company’s chief executive said on Saturday.

Tewolde Gebremariam said Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines will connect eight domestic destinations in Mozambique: Maputo, Nampula, Tete, Pemba, Beira, Nacala, Quelimane and Chimoio.

“The start of the activity, which is under a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, will promote air connections in Mozambique, thereby increasing the share of African airlines in the mainland market,” said Gebremariam during the inaugural flight that departed from Nacala to Maputo.

In September 2017, Ethiopian Airlines and Malawi Airlines were the two foreign companies selected to explore domestic air routes under a public tender launched by the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM) in April.

The union commission of Mozambican airline, Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) announced last week that it intends to prevent the Ethiopian Airlines from operating domestic flights in Mozambique through a subsidiary.

“The workers of LAM ask those who have the right to restore legality and take measures to safeguard national interests,” said the statement, quoted by Mozambican daily newspaper O País.