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Mozambique to develop Nacala into a long-haul hub
Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (TM, Maputo) intends to develop the revamped and expanded airport of Nacala, in the country's northeastern province of Nampula, into a regional and international gateway.
With the recent arrival of its first B737-700, and with three more of the type due for delivery from Boeing from 2015 onwards, LAM intends to increase its regional presence with the aim of serving all Southern African Development Community (SADC) capitals, as well as other African metropolises such as Addis Ababa, by 2017.
The aircraft will be used in all the provincial capitals on the domestic market, as well as on routes to Ethiopia and Zambia. They will also fly to Dubai Int'l and Mumbai Int'l from Nacala..
Given the Mozambican North’s growing prominence on the global mineral and petroleum market, so demand for direct travel has resulted in the need for improved domestic and international connectivity outside of Maputo.
With its official inauguration expected in August, the airport will feature an upgraded 3'400m long primary runway capable of handling B747-400 aircraft. A 16'000sqm terminal building will also handle over 600'000 pax/annum.