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    Mozambique airline, Air Botswana ink deal

    APA-Maputo (Mozambique)

    Mozambique flag carrier, Linhas Aereas de Mocambique (LAM) has entered into a Special Prorate Agreement (SPA) with Air Botswana to provide passengers with cheaper and more convenient travel between the two countries, APA learnt on Thursday.

    An SPA is a type of airline agreement that defines the distribution of fees and the settlement of ticket costs between carriers.

    Air Botswana said in a statement that under the agreement, passengers from the Botswana cities of Gaborone, Maun, and Francistown would be able to transfer at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in South Africa onto LAM’s services to Maputo, Beira, Vilanculos, Pemba, Tete, Nampula and Inhambane. 

    In addition, checked in luggage would be automatically forwarded to their final destinations.

    Air Botswana general manager Agnes Khunwana said the airline "values collaborations of this nature as they offer our passengers a diverse choice of seamless connections to some of the best destinations in Africa and the world”.

    In March, LAM also signed a memorandum of understanding with United Kingdom-based airline Fastjet that operates flights on some of Mozambique’s main domestic routes, including daily flights between Maputo and Beira and Nampula. 

    Under the memorandum, the two airlines committed to long-term cooperation which would involve code share and route agreements, as well as collaboration in other commercial activities such as cargo, engineering and maintenance.

    Last week, the board of struggling LAM, was sacked after the carrier canceled flights because of financial difficulties that meant it could not pay for fuel.

    CM/jn/APA

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