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Mozambique to privatize nine airports

The Mozambican government has instructed the country’s Airports Company ADM to grant concessions for the private management of nine national airports as part of a strategic drive to improve services and attract more profits, APA can report on Saturday.Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita is quoted by private daily newspaper O Pais as saying the move is a way of diversifying revenue

“We intend to ensure the efficient management of the infrastructure of Mozambican airports and attract foreign airlines,” Mesquita reportedly said.

The minister added that the measure also falls within the context of restructuring state companies in response to the current economic situation in the country.

Over the past six years, AdM invested about $500 million in the construction and improvement of airport infrastructure but still it failed to improve its performance.

Mozambique Airlines (LAM) has been using most of the airports,.  LAM, the country’s only airline, was banned from flying over the European space for two years due to non-compliance with international security rules.

“The public-private strategy is what we are going to follow in order to improve the infrastructure of our airports and offer better prices to passengers,” Mesquita said adding that the competition among operators was going to dictate the setting of custom tariffs.

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