MASERU - MOHAHLAULA Airline, one of the two local companies holding an airline operating certificate (AOC), has announced plans to launch a local airline route within the next year.
Aug. 19, 2022
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New local airline set to take to Lesotho skies
Part of the Mohahlaula Airline fleet
- Operation to initially service Maseru-Joburg route
- Mohahlaula has been operating private charter flights
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The operation will initially service the Maseru-Johannesburg route with plans to extend to other destinations in South Africa also in the pipeline.
“We are thrilled to announce our intention to launch Mohahlaula Airlines over the next year or so. It is a service desperately required by Lesotho as the country grows economically and tourism picks up after the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking forward to playing an essential role in driving Lesotho’s socio-economic growth,” said Mohahlaula Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Phafane Nkotsi.
During the past two years, the company has been operating a private charter and cargo flights in and out of Maseru.
“Mohahlaula is the first local airline after the collapse of Maluti Sky six years ago, meaning that not only will we connect locals to business and leisure opportunities outside of Lesotho, but we will open up employment opportunities for locals wanting to get into aviation. We will also launch an Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) beginning of quarter one, 2023. This opens a whole new world for locals,” Nkotsi added.
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At this stage, it is planned that the airline will operate three Embraer 145 aircrafts which carry 45-50 passengers at a time. The Emraer is a well-known and widely used commuter carrier.
“This is an exciting time for Lesotho’s aviation industry and most importantly for the Lesotho travelling public who will now have a choice to fly on a local Lesotho airline that is competitively priced, convenient and reliable,” Nkotsi further emphasised.
In South Africa, reports show that the scrapping of Covid-19 restrictions has opened up the meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) industry with conferences and events being put back on the business calendar.