-Air Mauritius has launched a weekly flight from Mauritius to the Mozambique capital Maputo with a Boeing 767-200ER. The same-day return leg flies via Harare, replacing the airline's non-stop flights between Mauritius and the Zimbabwean capital. Lagos is added to the African network on 3 December with two weekly 767 flights.

-El Al and Iberia have signed a codeshare agreement, which will begin in January 1999 on all flights by the two airlines between Israel and Spain. El Al says that similar agreements will soon be finalised with other major airlines.

-MNG Airlines Cargo has begun operating services between its base in Istanbul and New York Kennedy using an Airbus A300B4 freighter. The round trip service is initially being flown once a week, but will be increased to twice a week in December and three times weekly in January 1999.

-Milan Malpensa has replaced Rome as Alitalia's Italian gateway to the Asia-Pacific region. The airline has ceased flying to Manila, and moved Far East hub from Bangkok to Singapore. Alitalia has also rerouted its Asia-Italy flights from Sydney-Bangkok-Rome to Sydney-Singapore-Milan.

-Lufthansa has begun services from Munich to London Stansted with three daily roundtrips, operated by a Boeing 737.

-Royal Air Maroc aims to add new North American services next summer, when its 747-400 fleet increases. Details of its codeshare with TWA are expected to be announced by the end of the year.

-Crossair will open services between London City Airport and Basle with Saab 2000s this winter, flying six days a week. The London to Zurich service has increased to four times daily.

-Ansett Australia is adding a twice weekly service between Sydney and Fiji from 24 November. The move follows the recent expansion of services between Taipei and Australia to six a week.

-Qantas has begun direct services between Rome and Brisbane and reintroduced direct flights to Paris using Boeing 747s.

Source: Flight International