Mozambican Airlines return to Europe via Lisbon in March

The Mozambican Airlines (LAM) will resume direct flights to Europe via Lisbon from the 31st of March next year, which has not happened since 2011.

"This is a challenging project, but well-known by LAM and will increase relations between the two countries," said Adil Ginabay, head of the company's marketing department, during a company press conference in Maputo.

The flights will be operated by an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, with 260 seats and more than 40 tons of cargo, which will connect the two capitals three times a week: Maputo-Lisbon on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and Lisbon-Maputo on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

LAM's return to the European space occurs in cooperation with the Portuguese private airline Hi Fly, owner of the Airbus A340-300 aircraft, with which a trial period of six months was agreed.

While admitting the company has recently gone through economic challenges with a restructuring due to a financial crisis, Adil Ginabay considers LAM is ready for the new challenge.

"We have to accept new challenges," said Adil Ginabay, noting that the Mozambican national flag company knows Portuguese airspace.

Tickets will be available later this month.

The last time LAM flew to Portugal was in 2011, the year Mozambique was banned from Europe.