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Thanks to an agreement between Mozambique Airlines (LAM) and the Mozambican Post Office, it is now possible, with the opening of a sales counter in Xai-xai city on Monday, to buy air tickets in Gaza province.
The ticket sales unit was inaugurated by Governo of Gaza, Stella Zeca. It’s an old idea, now realised through a partnership with Correios de Moçambique (Post Offcie), whose focus is now to cover other parts of the country.
The partnership agreement was signed in Xai-xai city by the Chairman of the Executive Committee (PCE) of LAM, António, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA) of Correios de Moçambique, Valdemar.
The agreement says the Mozambican Post Office will sell air tickets from the city of Xai-xai, capital of Gaza province, and one of several places in the country where buying an airplane ticket required a trip to Maputo, further increasing travel costs.
“We are certain that conditions are now in place for residents of Gaza province to purchase tickets in Xai-xai, so they will go to Maputo just to catch the flight and not to buy the ticket, return to Gaza and return to Maputo to set off,” LAM PCE Pinto said, while Correios de Moçambique PCA Jessen stressed his institution’s commitment to guaranteeing “work of excellence” in this matter.
For the governor of Gaza, the offer of LAM services is an important factor for the tourist potential of the province, although no airport has yet been built.
“This ticket counter will make it very much easier to promote our tourist and economic potential. But we know that LAM is directly or indirectly linked to airports, and an airport is still a great dream for us. We believe that this indirectly reinforces our hope of seeing an airport here in Gaza,” Governo of Gaza Stella Zeca said.
The partnership between LAM and Correios de Moçambique is intended to cover the whole country, with more units like this to be opened in the centre and north of the country in the coming weeks.