Malawi main airport KIA blacklisted: SAA cancels flights to Lilongwe

Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), Malawi’s major international airport,  being blacklisted international airlines over aviation safety issues  with South African Airways (SAA)  cancelling flights on Friday.

Kia blacklisted

Kia blacklisted

Passengers board a South African Airways Boeing 737 aircraft at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Passengers board a South African Airways Boeing 737 aircraft at the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe October 25, 2009. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

SAA  advised its customers that its flights to and from Lilongwe Kamuzu International Airport were cancelled due to the change of category status and resultant conditions at the airport “which are currently not compatible with prescribed operational requirements for SAA to continue its scheduled services to and from Lilongwe”.

Spokesperson for SAA Tlali Tlali  said in statement made available to Nyasa Times: “We operate within a highly regulated industry and must always ensure compliance with the prescribed requirements set out by the regulating authorities.”

SAA confirmed customers would be able to re-book their flights under certain terms and conditions.

The developments comes after the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has warned that delays to address aviation safety issues could put the country’s airports at risk of being blacklisted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao).

DCA director Alfred Mtilatila  warned that the delays to improve safety standards at the country’s main airports have huge implications to the country as a whole.

Mtilatila cited electrical voltage system at KIA which he said has outlived its lifespan

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe warned in hat Malawi airports risk being blacklisted due to poor safety aviation standards.

In February this year, KIA suffered a security breach after a man, suspected to be mentally ill, managed to board a plane grounded on the runway and spent the whole night in the plane without being detected.

The man forcefully removed the emergency exit door of the plane, a Q400 Bombardier belonging to Malawian Airlines, to make his way into the plane at around 3am and was only detected several hours later by engineers who noticed that the plane’s door had been removed.

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26 thoughts on “Malawi main airport KIA blacklisted: SAA cancels flights to Lilongwe”

  1. Zeleza Mutharika says:

    Apitalaaaaaaaaa! Kutikwana ndiye NambalaState Wani yendetsani dziko goooooo! Kuba chisankho basi using 577 billion

  2. Akungolonje says:

    I feel sorry for my poor Malawi and its leaders. Shameful indeed. Koma kusolora basi ndiye go one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Shame on you says:

    What baffles me is our general sloppiness or low level of energy where we always wait until we are hit in the face ! Money or no money should never be an excuse its just our unwillingness to get things done or only willing to act if there is a cash-gate benefit. Shame on everyone who is associated/contributed to this shameful outcome. unfortunately with no accountability (lack of holding someone accountable) no body will be punished out of this issue. This is a dead country. No wonder we are poor !

  4. aleluya says:

    MABVUTO SAZATHA AMALAWI. KUDZIKUNDIKILA KWABVUTA

    SORRY

  5. MABELU says:

    THE PROBLEM IS THAT
    ALL PEOPLE WORKING
    IN OUR AIRPORTS ARE DPP
    POLITICIANS NOT PROFESSIONALS

  6. jim says:

    So shameful, coz its just like u’ve 4get ur chap in a bus. If that was ur source of buying expnsiv vehicles are all basic need in life. So how can u forget ur capital by consuming it. Just ask man of God Bushiri as u’ve already ask his on maize problem. Please don’t feel shy to ask for help from him because God send Him to help and spread the Good news.

  7. chete says:

    MIPANDO YONONA MUKUPATSANA ALHOMWE NOKHANOKHA AND YET MUKULEPHERA KUPANGA PERFORM. MUSOVA!!!!

  8. chete says:

    DONT BLAME MCP YOU IDIOTS! WHAT MCP WAS SAYING IS THAT DPP GOVERNMENT SHOULD FIRST ACCOUNT FOR THE LOANS THAT PARLIAMENT HAS BEEN APPROVING TOWARDS REHABILITATION OF THE SAME AIRPORTS. MIND YOU, THIS WAS NOT THE FIRST LOAN BILL TO BE TABLED IN PARLIAMENT.

    DPP FAILED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE PREVIOUS LOANS AND QUIETLY WITHDREW THE LOAN AUTHORIZATION BILL IN PARIAMENT. SO WHOSE PROBLEM IS THAT???????????????

    KUBA BASI!

  9. Seles says:

    Cry my beloved country

  10. Modicai Longwe says:

    The issue of Fire Engines at KIA leaves a lot to be desired. I graduated from School of Aviation as a Fire Officer in 2002 February. By that time we had only one Crash tender working. The rest are just facing the runway but not operational.

    Please the Aviation Industry is the hub of tourism in a country but our leaders in Malawi are not looking at it as a priority. If you can buy New fire trucks for all the airports things will change for the better.

    Donors are there who can assist. Even training of Fire Fighters is done only in a fast manner. Most of the pump operators we have at KIA are not really qualified because they are locally trained. The Fire section as a whole is under funded so do not expect good results from there.

    So please be serious and find out the route cause of this problem.

  11. Tik says:

    NOW SHUT THE ENTIRE ROADS NETWORK IN THE COUNTRY!..

    Foolish people..

    A FAILED STATE..

  12. FKR says:

    Another thing. Now it costs MK300 just to drop some one off at KIA !!! Not even part, just drive to the departure terminal, drop off a passenger and drive away and they charge you MK300. Then you don’t even get an official MRA receipt for the payment. I think there is a scam going on here. NO other airport in the world charges people to drop people off !!! Come on wake up, this is just robbery someone making money again.

  13. El Bwande says:

    Malawi becoming a police state.Police in Blantyre steal Blantyre Water Board vehicles after Blantyre Water Board stops supplying water to the police for failing to pay long outstanding bills.President Peter Mutharika is expected to intervene in the matter soon in his capacity as number one police office.

  14. shame says:

    on 10 april , there was no fire vehicles at the airport due to lack of fuel, there were five airlines operating landing and departures from the airport where some seven light aircraft were also packed. passenger of ethiopian airlines has to disembark the aircraft whilst it was being fueled, and south african airways a320 started taxiing with engines rolling very close to the ethipians airlines passengers coz it had to go. all the airlines risk not being covered by insurance if there is an accident, i.e fire on their aircraft at an airport which has no firefighting equipment, lives would be lost in astupid way, imagine three airlines on the tarmac fueling with nearly 500 passengers in their immediate proximity and seven other lights aircraft sorrounding, if the planes blow up in flames none of them would be covered by insurance and lives would be lost stupidly. Security on searching passenger is very comical, i have floor, razors, liquids and all sort of stuff that i incidentally packed, in my hand lagguage, i had a metal belt which set the metal detector on by all these were just laughed off by police who simply said “mukupita kuti bwana, muyende bwino” whilst just dippinbg fingers aimlesly in my personal belongings.these are visible issued and there could be afew out aiviation safety issues wbhich flight crew have noticed.

  15. mann says:

    We saw this coming. Late Bingu wa Mutharika in his wisdom embarked on rehabilitation of airports in the country. Joyce Banda came on the scene – he stopped all projects. Then Prof APM in his wisdom just like his late brother presented a bill to parliament to start massive rehabilitation of KIA and Chileka. Our stupid and clueless opposition blocked the bill in Parliament. Here we are: back to zero especially when the opposition is clueless.

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      Stupid “opposition is clueless” is right.

  16. Kadakwiza says:

    The problem here is money. Our government have no money. The DPP government under the leadership of Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika must just swallow their pride and go to Mr. Donor’s door step, knock and if the door will open, then our president will kneel down and ask for aid. Otherwise it will be always the same story. Malawi need budget support carry out all its activities concerning development and service delivery. Our leaders should not fool themselves that our country can depend on its own. That will not happen because we don’t export much. 75% of commodities we import from other countries. This makes very difficult for our government to survive. We got good leaders who love our country and they really wish to develop but the problem is money. For now Malawi government need foreign donors.

  17. kes munthali says:

    Tingokumbusana paja a galu a MCP lead by Laz Failure Chakwera and Julian visionless Lunguzi blocked in parliament a bill to fund the modernisation and rehabilitation of our airports then went on to celebrate as if it was an achievement.

  18. john phiri says:

    These are MCP problems as earlier said by Kapito. Or it could be nyasatimes you dont like the dpp government. After all we inherited these problems from pp government.

  19. wa ku Mitchesi kujaaaaa!!!! says:

    What really ails KIA? The report could have been more determinant, as this is a serious safety issue, and it concerns the public. I don’t care about reputation!
    The report could have been more informative as to exactly what the problems are to prompt such drastic censure from the airline. Where is the CEO and his team? Where are they? And what are they doing about this?

    How about Chileka, aka Bingu International Airport? Is this safe for SAA? Some of us are planning trips through that airport in the next few weeks. If BIA too is censured, then we are really stuck. How do we fly out of this “two-by-four” country of hours? Driving through Moz is not safe.

  20. ramsay snow says:

    lack of seriousness as a country. we buy silly things like prados instead of ambulances and fire engines. bushiri atha kukugulilani one time zofunikazo. just ask him nicely.

    1. I Know You Know Me says:

      Your obssession with Bushiri is very irritating. That is not how countries or governments are run; moving around begging from individuals? a a!

      Malawi has the financial resources to rehabilitate KIA with; only that the government does not prioritise KIA. In their world of poverty, KIA is in best shape and state.

      Also, Malawi has the ability to borrow from other countries but the government does not see it as a need for its not a priority, anyway.

      Spare us from this obssession of yours with Bushiri.

  21. Chala chimodzi mmwamba says:

    Ikakuwona llistilo mvula siikata, mabvuto alipo, one ndilibe pulobulemu

  22. Ze Roberto says:

    When a country has lost direction due to low profile leadership that’s what happens. People need to feel the presence of leadership and fear consequences of underperformance. If you assess, for sure, there is somebody at the airport who serves as chief executive who goes to work day in day out, week in week out, month in month out, year in year out and enjoys a hefty package for that matter but this is the spit in the face the country can get. This country is a joke!

  23. lapukeni says:

    tonse tizikuma ku wenela sopano, apo bi, ndege ya bushiri ilipo

  24. dpp_sapota says:

    ine sindikwela ndege nde zisandikhudze. nabolani apm akulamula dzikoli mwa nzeru. ngongolenso adb yatipasa

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