Mozambique: Silver Whisper calling Maputo
File photo: O País
Travelling with Mozambique Airlines flights has become more expensive this December as a result of fares increasing by 100%. The company’s Directorate General has confirmed the increases, but explains that the measure does not cover all classes.
Domestic connection of Mozambique Airlines flights from Maputo, Beira and Nampula airports increased tariffs on December 2.
A letter sent by anonymous passengers to the Ministry of Transport and Communications which ‘O País’ has seen complains that: “The fare increase is 100%, making it impossible to travel within our own country. We want to remind you that it is not safe to travel by land because of the armed attacks.”
According to the new fare structure, a one-way Maputo-Nampula ticket now costs 14,623 meticais, Maputo-Lichinga 14,973 meticais, Maputo-Tete 15,133 meticais, Maputo-Pemba 16,013 meticais, Maputo-Quelimane 15,643 meticais, Maputo-Inhambane 11,533 meticais, Maputo-Vilanculo 13,653 meticais, Maputo-Chimoio 13,743 meticais, and Maputo-Nacala 14,923 meticais.
As for flights from Sofala, the Beira-Nampula connection has increased to 14,573 meticais, Beira-Maputo to 13,123 meticais, Beira-Tete 12,273 meticais, Beira-Quelimane 11,703 meticais and Beira-Pemba 16,943 meticais.
From the north, the Nampula-Nacala link currently costs 9,323 meticais, Nampula-Lichinga 12,893 meticais, Nampula-Maputo 14,623 meticais, Nampula-Pemba 11,703 meticais, Nampula-Quelimane 12,203 meticais, Nampula-Tete 14,573 meticais, and Nampula-Beira 14,573 meticais.
Contacted by ‘O País’, LAM’s Directorate-General confirmed the tariff increase, but said that the increase does not affect all classes, promising further clarification sometime on Monday afternoon.
By Edson Arante