Foreign Affairs minister Francis KasaiLa says President Peter Mutharika only chartered the jet from Lilongwe to South Africa and connected to the US for the United Nations General Assembly on commercial flight.
He could however not say whether Mutharika will have the same transport arrangement on his way back from the US.
“State House and other security organs looked at the security of our President, they looked at our economy, they weighed the options that the President inconviniences other passengers as they must be in the plane before he boards and decided that they should just charter a plane from Lilongwe to South Africa,” he said.
He could not say either the cost of the exercise.
KasaiLa also flatly refused once again to say how many people are on the entourage of the President.
He however told the BBC that this year there were no chiefs but laughed off and never gave a definite reply when he was asked about ruling Democratic Progressive Party officials who are not in government.
He said local journalists would investigate the issue as they did last year.
Mutharika took a staggering 116 people to the UN last year and Kasaila conceded most of them were irrelevant to the trip.