Construct international airport in Mangochi, asks MP Biliati of UDF

United Democratic Front (UDF) Member of Parliament for Mangochi Lutende, Francis William Biliati has asked government to consider constructing an international airport in the lakeshore tourism resort district of Mangochi.

The Makokola Retreat, Mangochi

The Makokola Retreat, Mangochi

Biliati said Mangochi is one of the districts in the country which attracts a lot of tourists.

“I have noted in the State-of-the-Nation Address that Kamuzu and Chileka International Airports, as well Mzuzu Airport will be rehabilitated. I wish to request government to consider constructing an international airport in Mangochi.

“This will certainly attract more tourists in the country as they will be flying directly to the Lake Malawi. Our colleagues in Zambia and Zimbabwe have constructed international airports very close to the Victoria Falls. This, therefore, enables tourists to fly directly to their preferred destination. I am positive that if this is done, we in Mangochi and the country in general, will greatly benefit,” said Biliati in parliament.

He said the tourism sector has direct linkages with other sectors of the economy with potential to generate revenue and employment.

In 2012 government said its engineers have embarked on technical assessment for the development of an airport in Mangochi which will enable the country attract tourists flying directly to the lake shore district.

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1 thought on “Construct international airport in Mangochi, asks MP Biliati of UDF”

  1. Makes a lot of sense. But maybe the other option is to perhaps source funds to build a smaller, well-run airport in Mangochi (and of course other tourist destinations) and properly upgrade the current ones and run them on international standards. I happen to work for a company that provides IT services to the company that runs airports in South Africa and Brazil (ACSA) and it’s quite impressive what checks and balances they employ to get their airports to international standards.

    The smaller airport can then be linked with smaller charter airlines operating from the major airports. An example of this is like Botswana where they have a bigger airport at Maun and all the tourists destinations into Moremi Game Reserve and Okavango Delta are linked by smaller charter airlines. And if you notice, most of these smaller aircraft do not really even a proper run-way as they can land and take-off on shorter distances and small smooth patches of land.

    To agree with the two law makers, tourism can be a huge income generator if properly run. I am sure there are a lot of investors who would be willing to invest into such ventures. We must just cut out the red tape and develop and market tourism sector. In this case I am sure we can learn a lot from Botswana if we really are serious.

    What happened to “Malawi – The Warm Heart of Africa”?

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