LAM to develop long-haul hub

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According to eTurboNews, airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) intends to develop the revamped and expanded airport of Nacala, in the country’s north eastern province of Nampula, into a regional and international gateway.

With the recent arrival of its first B737-700, on lease from the International Lease Finance Corporation, and with three more of these aircraft due for delivery from Boeing from 2015 onwards, LAM intends to increase its regional presence with the aim of serving all Southern African Development Community (SADC) capitals, as well as other African metropolises by 2017.

With its official inauguration expected in August, the airport will feature an upgraded 3,400 metre-long primary runway capable of handling B747-400 aircraft. A 16,000m2 terminal building will also handle over 600,000 passengers a year.