LAM - Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (TM, Maputo) will partner Hi Fly (5K, Beja) for the launch of non-stop flights between Mozambique and former colonial master Portugal scheduled for March 31, 2020.

According to O País newspaper, the agreement was finalized on Monday, October 7, and will see LAM wet-leasing A340-300 capacity from Hi Fly for a 3x weekly Maputo-Lisbon service. Ticket sales will start later this month, the report added.

State-owned LAM is forced to used ACMI capacity for the route given it is currently banned from European airspace.

The route will compete with TAP Air Portugal (TP, Lisbon) which currently runs a similar 3x weekly service also using an A340-300. However, this will switch to an A330-900 once the quadjets are retired in late October.