India approves draft of aviation agreement with Mozambique
On Wednesday 20 July, the Indian government approved the draft of an aviation agreement to be signed with Mozambique, “a decision that will promote air links between the two countries”, according to a statement released after a Cabinet meeting.
The statement, issued in New Delhi, added that the final text of the air agreement proposal was approved after consultations with the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Law and Justice.
India and Mozambique – which have no air agreement – started negotiations in 2011 to sign the document, which stipulates that airlines from each country can fly and open offices in the other.
The air agreement also stipulates routes and airports that each of the approved companies can use, and also includes provisions on safety and business opportunities, among others.
Source: Business Standard/MacauHub
Vilanculos aerodrome closed to international traffic
Tour operators in the northern part of Inhambane Province have expressed their opposition to the government’s decision to close Vilanculos aerodrome to international traffic.
The tourism operators – the sector which is the main source of income for thousands of people in the districts of Vilanculos and Govuro and the five islands that make up the Bazaruto archipelago – said that the closure of the airport to international traffic will end the activity in region.
“Tourists, especially foreign ones, who use existing tourist facilities in the region, will no longer do so as they arrived in the country by air”, said one of the operators.
Vilanculos aerodrome was opened to domestic public traffic in 1962 and international traffic in April 1997, when passenger traffic increased from 75,000 passengers to more than 200,000 per year.
After benefiting from repair and modernisation works worth US$10-million, the airfield was considered a tool to boost the economy not only of Vilanculos itself, which has struggled to attain city status, but also of the entire northern region of Inhambane Province.
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