7 December 2012

Mozambique: Local Airline to Launch New Service

Maputo — The Mozambican air operator Kaya Airlines has announced that it is to commence flights to Inhaca Island, Machangulo and Zongoene.

Inhaca is a tourist resort and an important biodiversity centre in Maputo Bay. Machangulo is on a peninsula that is the nearest part of the mainland to Inhaca, while Zongoene is a resort near the mouth of the Limpopo river in Gaza province.

The inaugural flight will take place on 8 December, according to the company's chief executive officer Faustino Cruz.

Cruz explained that the flights to Inhaca are the result of requests from the local population, and are not expected to be financially viable.

Cruz also revealed that the company is in the process of acquiring five more aircraft: an 8-seater corporate jet; three 50-seater jets and a 75-seater jet. These should all be available within the next four months.

Kaya used to be called Transairways, but changed its name when it was purchased by the company Tiko.

Meanwhile, British Airways on Friday announced that its southern African partner, Comair, will fly from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg to Maputo as from May next year.

Comair will fly into Maputo every day, with two flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

According to British Airways' Shaun Pozyn, "in addition to the large volumes of business travellers we anticipate will make use of our new service, Mozambique is fast becoming known as a world-class tourist destination".

This is Comair's second attempt to fly the Johannesburg-Maputo route. In late 2011, Comair flew to Maputo from the second Johannesburg airport, Lanseria, on an experimental basis for about six months.

But Comair suspended these flights in January 2012. The Comair CEO blamed the suspension on high airport taxes, and the low prices charged for the flights.

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