Air France will include Maputo on its routes, as an extension of the flight between Johannesburg and Paris, starting on June 20, the airline announced in a statement.
“Air France is very pleased to announce that we will increase our flights to Johannesburg again and add Maputo to our network starting from June. In recent years, Mozambique has emerged as an important business destination, due to its rich natural energy reserves. We will connect Maputo to all major cities in Europe and the rest of the world, thanks to our extensive global network”, said Wouter Vermeulen, General Manager Southern Africa Air France-KLM.
The announcement alludes to natural gas exploration projects in the north of the country, the main one being led by French oil company Total. However, Total has recently announced the suspension of the exploration project two weeks ago, after an armed attack by insurgents in Palma, near the exploration site.
“Next to the support to the growth of the energy sector, tourism is also an important asset of Mozambique for Air France to build on. It is also significant that we are able to find new business opportunities and expand in the midst of a pandemic and thereby continue to connect people from Africa to the rest of the world.”
The Johannesburg and Maputo route will be operated with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with refurbished cabins.
Flights from Paris to Maputo will be operated on Sundays and Thursdays and in the opposite direction on Mondays and Fridays.