Mauritania launches new airline

A NEW national carrier in Mauritania is set to cater for the cargo demands of the east African fishery industry.

Mauritania Airlines International replaces Mauritania Airways (pictured), which ceased operations in December last year after the European Commission cited persisting deficiencies in its operations and maintenance and banned it from continuing its services to France and Spain.

Financed by the state the airline has a fleet of three 737s, and has expansion plans on the horizon. “Mauritania Airlines aims to strengthen its fleet with the purchase of a new aircraft which will open up areas inside the country,” company director Hassena Ould Ely said.

From the beginning of May the company will serve several destinations in Africa as well as Paris (France) and Las Palmas (Spain).

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