Maputo International Airport

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Maputo International Airport
Maputo airport, 2.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorAeroportos de Moçambique (Mozambique Airports Company)
LocationMaputo, Mozambique
Hub for
Elevation AMSL145 ft / 44 m
Coordinates25°55′15″S 032°34′21″E / 25.92083°S 32.57250°E / -25.92083; 32.57250Coordinates: 25°55′15″S 032°34′21″E / 25.92083°S 32.57250°E / -25.92083; 32.57250
MPM is located in Mozambique
Location within Mozambique
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,660 12,008 Asphalt
10/28 1,700 5,577 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)

Maputo International Airport (IATA: MPM, ICAO: FQMA), also known as Mavalane International Airport, formerly Lourenço Marques Airport[2], is an airport located 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northwest of the center of Maputo, the largest city and capital of Mozambique. It is the largest airport in Mozambique, and hub for LAM Mozambique Airlines and Kaya Airlines.

Most of the destinations served by the airport are in Africa, but the most used intercontinental destinations are: Turkish Airlines operating flights to Istanbul, Turkey; Qatar Airways operates flights to Doha, Qatar; and TAP Air Portugal to Lisbon, Portugal.


China's Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company has built[3] a new cargo terminal, in what was the starting point of the first phase of a Chinese financed expansion project, with an initial estimated cost of US$75 million.[4] The first phase concluded with the opening of the new international terminal on 15 November 2010.[5] The new terminal has a capacity of 900,000 passengers a year, far from the 60,000 it could hold before. Originally, this modernization project had in mind to benefit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in neighbouring South Africa, but it could not be finished in time. It was, however, ready for the All Africa Games which were held in Maputo in 2011. The project experienced a serious cost overrun, with the builder requesting an additional US$40 to US$50 million to complete the work.[6]

The second phase entailed the construction of a new domestic terminal where the old terminal stood. The whole plan is for Maputo International Airport to double its capacity from 450,000 to 900,000 per year and help expand tourism in the city and country. The terminal will also have 14 check-in counters, electronic panels displaying flights, a presidential VIP lounge, escalators and an electric central cooling system. The new terminal is expected to serve 400 arriving and departing passengers per hour, compared to the old building that could only handle 150 passengers per hour.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlink Durban
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Ethiopian Mozambique Airlines
operated by Ethiopian Airlines
Beira, Chimoio, Nacala, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane, Tete[8]
Fastjet Mozambique Beira, Quelimane, Tete
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
LAM Mozambique Airlines Beira, Chimoio, Dar es Salaam, Harare, Inhambane, Johannesburg–OR Tambo, Lichinga, Nacala, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane, Tete, Vilanculos
Moçambique Expresso Beira, Tete
Qatar Airways Doha
South African Airways Johannesburg–OR Tambo
TAAG Angola Airlines Luanda
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 4 April 2019), Istanbul (begins 5 April 2019 ^1
  • ^1 : This flight operates via Johannesburg. However, this carrier does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Johannesburg and Maputo.


LAM Mozambique Airlines Beira
South African Airways Cargo Harare, Johannesburg–OR Tambo
Westair Aviation Windhoek–Eros

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 10 July 1986, Douglas C-47A 7315 of the Zimbabwe Air Force crashed on take-off. All 17 people on board were killed.[9]
  • On 29 November 2013, LAM Flight TM-470 operated on a scheduled passenger flight from Maputo, Mozambique to Luanda, Angola. It was flying at FL380 when the airplane entered a sudden descent. All 33 on board were killed as the Embraer 190 jet impacted the ground in the Bwabwata National Park in Namibia. Murder-suicide by the pilot is suspected.[10]


  1. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  2. ^ "Lourenço Marques Airport." Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Defence & Security Intelligence & Analysis - IHS Jane's 360". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ "First phase of Maputo International Airport expansion nears completion Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." WIDN. Retrieved on 28 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Chinese ambassador to Mozambique gives assurances that more Chinese projects will be set up in the country[permanent dead link]." Macauhub. Retrieved on 1 December 2010.
  6. ^ "First Phase of Airport Expansion Nears Completion." All Africa. Retrieved on 28 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Maputo Airport Domestic Terminal to Open in October . All Africa. Retrieved on 23 June 2012.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "7315 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
  10. ^ "ASN News » Investigators: LAM Embraer 190 accident likely intentionally caused by pilot". ASN News. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Maputo Airport at Wikimedia Commons