Mozambique and Angola sign agreement to liberalize airspace

Moçambique e Angola assinam acordo para liberalização do espaço aéreo

The airlines of Mozambique and Angola, Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) and Linhas Aéreas de Angola (TAAG) respectively, will be able to operate flights to various destinations in both countries.

A bilateral agreement to strengthen the opening up of airspace was signed on Wednesday in Maputo between the Civil Aviation Institute of Mozambique (IACM) and the National Civil Aviation Authority of Angola.

"As of today, with this memorandum, there will be no problem if TAAG wants to fly to one of our destinations," said the Chairman of the IACM Board of Directors, João de Abreu. "We'll also be able to fly to various destinations in Angola."

The two countries' project, which also aims to modernize other areas of interest in the sector, falls under the African Union's remit to reduce the bureaucracy of air connectivity on the continent.

The agreement is part of the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), which projects greater connectivity between African countries through air transport.

"SAATM is going to demand more skills from us internally, and we have come together to close these gaps," said UNAC President Amélia Cristina de Sousa.

He also revealed that Angola will soon have a civil aviation academy, which could become a training ground for the African region.

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