Aviation group Air France-KLM says it is negotiating with the Mozambican government to offer direct flights from Paris to Maputo this year.The airline group’s vice-president Frank Legre is quoted in the local media on Sunday as saying the route include direct links between Paris and Maputo, the Mozambican capital whose economy is growing fast and has become attractive because of the discovery of deposits of natural gas.
The most recent airlines to operate in the Mozambican market are Qatar Airways, which introduced flights from Doha to Maputo and Turkish Airways flying Maputo to Istanbul, both airlines fly three times a week via Johannesburg.
João Abreu, the president of the Institute of Civil Aviation of Mozambique (IACM), said that the negotiations were the result of a memorandum signed late last year with his French counterpart outlining a direct link between France and Mozambique, as well as covering the French islands in the Indian Ocean.
As part of this memorandum, three weekly flights are now offered between Pemba, northern Mozambique, and Mayotte (Comoros archipelago), through French carrier Air Austral under a code-share agreement with Mozambican flagship airline Linhas Aéreas de Mozambique (LAM).
The agreement could also potentially open up new routes between Reunion and Maputo and other Mozambican destinations.