Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines (Maputo) will open a base in Beira leveraging the Indian Ocean port city's geographical location to better serve the Mozambican market.

Ethiopian Airlines' Country Manager (Mozambique), Daniel Tsige, told Noticias newspaper last week that the long-term vision is to transform Beira into a regional hub.

“Since Beira is geographically in the centre of Mozambique and has an airport in good condition, it can rapidly develop into a central connecting point," he said.

In line with that objective, Ethiopian Airlines will start 3x weekly flights from Addis Ababa to Beira in late July, Tsige added.

Since commencing operations in November of last year using a trio of Dash 8-400s wet-leased from its parent, Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines has relied on Maputo, located in the extreme south of the country, as its primary base.

According to the ch-aviation schedules module, its Beira operations will see connectivity to Maputo, Lichinga, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane, Tete, and Vilanculos.