27th May 2019
Bilateral aviation relations is set to propel to new heights between Seychelles and Mozambique after the two States signed an air service agreements during President Danny Faure’s historic State visit to Maputo.
The signature of this agreement done recently follows months of robust engagement between the aeronautical authorities of the two countries. The negotiation was concluded in December 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya, during the annual International Civil Aviation Negotiations event.
The agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Seychelles by the Minister for Finance, Trade Investment and Economic Planning, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and on behalf of the Government of Mozambique by the Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications, H.E Manuela Joaquim Rebelo.
Minister Loustau- Lalanne said this air service agreement represents an important stepping-stone in our bilateral relations and it is in line with our air transport strategy to further develop our network and reach.
“Furthermore, it attests to our commitment made at the African Union and South African Development Community to enhance connectivity which is expected to translate into socio-economic benefits for the African continent and the prosperity for its people.”
Mozambique’s aviation industry is one that is at a crucial stage of its development despite the many challenges and its tourism is growing with Maputo’s direct link with Portugal via TAP Portugal airline.
In addition to this, Mozambique is connected to over 15 destinations nationally and within the Southern African region. The route is well served by South African Airlines with which Air Seychelles has an excellent relationship. The agreement offers Air Seychelles with the opportunity to further expand and deepen this tie.
The accord is also set to bring many benefits and opportunities for Air Seychelles, with provisions that aligns with the air transport development strategy of Seychelles. It includes provisions for; codeshare arrangements, rights to operate beyond points in Mozambique and unlimited frequencies.
These provisions adhere with the call of the air transport policy for a pragmatic approach in liberalizing and expanding Seychelles’ route and network. SCAA, as the main driver in implementing the air transport policy, is committed to this approach and in realizing this endeavor.
Following the signature the Seychelles Civil Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Garry Albert said that “to date we have 83 Bilateral Air Services arrangements and out of this 22 is with African countries.”
“We are very proud of this, as it attests to the tenacity, dedication and commitment of SCAA in fulfilling its mandate as enshrined in the SCAA Act, is to regulate and promote the development of Air Transport. We will continue to work to secure traffic rights and expand our network in our bid to enhance our support to the tourism industry and the socio-economic development strategy of Seychelles”, said Mr Albert.