By Alex Bell
04 October 2012
Mozambique’s national airline has announced it will resume flying to Harare as of the end of October, apparently in response to increased demand for the route.
In a statement, Mozambique Airlines (LAM) said it would fly to Harare twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays, starting on October 31.
“The flights, both to and from Harare, will also stop at Beira (Mozambique’s second largest city) to offer more connections with all LAM destinations, and to increase e opportunities for passengers to travel easily and with greater frequency and rapidity to Harare,” the company said.
LAM had suspended flights to Zimbabwe at the height of the country’s economic meltdown. But Mozambique has now joined of host of other nations who have resumed their Zim services, in what many analysts are saying is a positive sign for the country’s still wilted economy.
Ironically, the renewed interest in flying to Zimbabwe comes as the national flag carrier has been grounded, because of serious debt and other concerns. In March this year Air Zimbabwe was disbanded, following crippling strikes by their staff and massive unpaid debts, which led to the seizure of an aircraft in London.
Air Zim was also recently suspended from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) after failing to comply with global safety standards. The suspension was confirmed by the Transport and Communications Minister Nicholas Goche, who said Air Zimhad been given until November 31 to comply with IATA’s international standards.