Maputo — Mozambique Airlines (LAM) has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Maputo-Dar es Salaam route, and has announced that the route is in such demand that, as from November, it is increasing the number of flights between the two cities from two to three a week.
LAM's flights to Dar es Salaam started very modestly in 2002, using an Embaer-120 aircraft, with only 28 seats. But as demand grew, LAM switched to larger planes - first a Boeing 737-200, and now the much more modern Embraer-190,
The flights also stop at the northern Mozambican city of Pemba, which has now become a major tourist resort.
According to the LAM Chief Executive Officer, Marleyn Manave, over the past ten years LAM has carried 94,500 passengers on this route, in a total flying time of 9,000 hours.
Celebrations of the tenth anniversary were held in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, at a ceremony where Manave awarded prizes to the travel agencies that sell LAM tickets on the Tanzanian market.
The agency with the greatest volume of sales was Antelope Travel and Tours Ltd., followed by Kearsley Travel and Tours Ltd.
Manave praised FastTrack, LAM's sales agent in Tanzania.
Addressing the ceremony, she said "Right from the start FastTrack worked to guarantee LAM's position in Dar es Salaam and throughout Tanzania.
Its persistence has inspired us".
Manave added that "with this strategic presence of LAM and its agent, the Maputo-Dar es Salaam flights showed the largest growth in our regional routes".
In the first six months of this year, LAM carried more than 7,600 passengers on the Maputo-Dar es Salaam flights, an increase of 10 per cent on the same period in 2011.