Friday, December 7, 2012

► MOZAMBIQUE: Kaya Airlines launches Inhaca Island, Machangulo and Zongoene flights.

Kaya AirlinesAccording to the Agência de Informação de Moçambique (AIM), Mozambican private carrier Kaya Airlines (IK) has announced the launch of flights to the resorts of Inhaca Island, Machangulo and Zongoene, likely out of its Maputo hub.

Kaya Airlines Embraer 120 Brasilia
Kaya Airlines Embraer 120 (MBarnard)
The launch of new flights comes after Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Paulo Zucula, in November, stated that Mozambique’s air space had been liberalised, and invited everyone that was interested in the sector to “come and invest, come and fly.”

Formerly known as Transairways, Kaya changed its name when it was purchased by Tiko Co., owned by former Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao (with 50% of the shares), his business partner Fausto Cruz (49%), and the latter’s wife (1%).

The inaugural flight will take place on 8 December, according to the company’s chief executive officer Faustino Cruz.

Cruz said that the flights to Inhaca came about following requests from the local population, and are not expected to be financially viable. He also revealed that the company is in the process of acquiring five more aircraft: an 8-seater corporate jet; three 50-seater jets and a 75-seater jet. These should all be available within the next four months.

Apart from the national carrier LAM Mozambique (TM), only Kaya Airlines operates regular passenger flights on the Maputo to Beira, Vilanculo, Tete, Pemba, Inhambane and Nampula routes. It currently flies two Embraer 120 Brasilias.