Mozambique is becoming an increasingly important country for South Africa. Travel between the two countries is growing.
Mozambique is not just a natural paradise. It is a country with a growing economy that is attracting both tourism and investments.
Neighbouring state Mozambique is seeing real growth in its tourism sector. Its pristine coastline and paradise islands boast natural beauty that is enticing visitors.
The growth in travellers between the two states is good news for both states. Increasing tourist arrivals has prompted airlines to increase airlift between the two countries.
This year the SADC member country opened its borders up to a number of nationalities in order to boost tourism.
Mozambique granted visa-free entry to nationals of 29 countries. The visa-free scheme has helped to spur tourism growth in that country, with Mozambique now needing more flights to cater to the increasing number of travellers.
Privately-owned airline Airlink has increased flights into Mozambique due to higher demand from passengers.
Airlink’s MD Rodger Foster said that the airline had ramped up flights to Maputo due to the increased demand.
“Airlink has seen phenomenal demand for travel between these two important commercial centres. Since then, we have steadily ramped up our services to meet the needs and demands of the market, which is a healthy mix of people flying for business, leisure and private travel,” said Foster per Tourism Update.
Foster also said that growing demand for flights between Cape Town and Maputo had prompted Airlink to deploy larger aircraft with more seating capacity on the route. The airline now serves the route with a 98-seater Embraer E190 jet.
SA’s low-cost airline FlySafair last month launched flights to 4 new regional destinations on the continent.
One of these was Mozambique’s capital city, Maputo. The carrier operates four flights a week between Johannesburg and Maputo.
FLIGHTS TO PORTUGAL
Mozambique’s national airline (LAM Airlines) has also been restoring its flight schedule. The airline will soon restart scheduled flights between Maputo and Lisbon in Portugal.
The flights are a convenient way for passengers from Mozambique to travel to Portugal. They will also be popular with Portuguese communities in South Africa and Portugal.
Portugal and Mozambique share cultural connections due to colonial links.
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