Malawi pursues airport projects: New Chileka and Mzuzu

Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila said government will be developing a new Chileka International Airport in the commercial capital, Blantyre and construct a new airport in the northern city of Mzuzu.

Mzuzu Airport

Mzuzu Airport

Blantyre-Chileka airport is currently lacking modern infrastructure in line with advancement in aviation technologies.

Chileka Airport in Blantyre, Malawi

Chileka Airport in Blantyre, Malawi

Kasaila told parliament that the new Chileka International Airport will be constructed at the same site.

“That is what we intend to do. As I said previously, it has just been a proposal; it has not been approved. We are making a proposal that we can improve on that airport. It is an international airport, and it is quite important,” said Kasaila.

He added: “The rehabilitation that is going on at Chileka now, for those people that are using our airports, may have seen that it is the old building that we are rehabilitating in order to accommodate the current traffic. There is a lot of congestion, and so far, we have completed rehabilitating the ground floor of the building. A contractor is working on the upper floor. The ground floor will be open to traffic in order to create more space for our travelling passengers.”

For the acquisition of airport navigation equipment, modernisation and fire fighting, the minister said: “What happens in this sector is that, if you want equipment, they manufacture on your specifications, and you have to pay in advance. But you cannot pay the entire cost at one goal.

“So, we have been paying for that so that they manufacture and that is the reason why every year they come because of the resource envelope. Otherwise, our main hope is the bill which was referred to the Committee that if we have those resources, most of these things, in our airports, will be taken care of.”

Chileka is the country’s oldest international Airport handling both domestic and international airline operators.

Kasaila also said plans are underway to construct a new airport in Mzuzu, saying some four years ago, Mzuzu Airport was given some resources but the land that was identified, after surveys were done, money spent on, was encroached.

“The resources that were made available for that airport were wasted. We assure you that we are working very hard, we know the problem and we will continue working very hard to make sure that this airport is given the attention,” said Kasaila.

Mzuzu airport is also the only airport serving the northern city of Mzuzu, and there were concerns over the condition of the airport following an accident in which an aircraft from the capital, Lilongwe, which was carrying the country’s the then second vice-president late Chakufwa Chihana and seven other passengers, swerved off the airport runway into a main road. It hit a minibus, killing one passenger and injuring several others.

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20 thoughts on “Malawi pursues airport projects: New Chileka and Mzuzu”

  1. mtima wa nyani says:

    pa lilongwe carpet yoyala ngati cipepala coyalapo usipa nthambo mbwee, masiku ano pali scanner ati opelekeza osalowa koma amwenye nda azungu amalowa mu lounge shame, ku cimbudzi tank topanda covindikila , no tishu, nchenche, airport fee yose ija inapita kuti? inteneshono airport -shame. lestant mmwamba anthu kuudya kusowa kokanya akufunda mmimba no tishu, tose sa asilamu.- soletu.
    koma kupanda manyazi- ndiyesa ku VIP KULI MA TOILET A GOLIDE ,NDI 45 STAR SERVICE. YEBO NASILA

  2. martha says:

    honestly, even mzuni had encrouchers on a number of its properties and it paid them all off. zomwe akunena a minister apazi ndizopusa and its just an excuse for the cash gate that has occurred.

    what we need are not renovations. we need new and modern airports in all of the three regions. even zomba if u ask me. bola lathu is bad at prioritizing things.

    tikanayamba ndi stabilization of water and power supply, then ma airport wo (new and modern) , then water, rail and road transportation infrastructure and then focus more on tourism and industrial development. Nthawi yonseyi tikupanga develop human capacity yathu.

    stadium, parliament building, bingu hotel etc shd have been done after titapanga zina zonsezo. Besides the hotel could have been done by private investors. In fact, if we open our doors to them, as long as we watch their impact on our enviroment, they will do a much better job than we did.

  3. the malawi government like corruption of funds that is just a song they will not do that.

  4. Mdicai Longwe says:

    I am a Fire Fighter and graduated from School of Aviation as a Fire Officer in February, 2002. I was deployed to Mzuzu Airport. By the time Cessina 208 (NYIKA) which crashed with the Late Chakufwa Tom Chihana and Madam Christina Chihana and the 7 passengers, I was the duty officer of the day.

    By that time the Muluzi adminisration promised to construct a new airport in Mzuzu. The project was funded but not even a single stone/brick was laid to show the kick start of the said project. It is a song which governments will come and go and Malawians will keep on singing but to no avail.

    Fire fighters in Malawi are not even recognised at all. But monies are being funded every budget but I do not know what the Ministry of Transport is doing with the money. As I am saying now Kamuzu International Airport staff are being victimised when it comes to housing accommodation with the so called ADL. They are asked to pay very high rates in terms of rent yet the government is paying them peanuts.

    From 2008 fire fighters started trecking down to DRC for greener pastures. I tell you it was indeed far much better than our own country. We exported our talent and raised the Malawian flag higher. Up to now some are still working with the United Nations in DRC, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Liberia and even Iraq. But nobody from the government side has shown interest to intervene.

    God have mercy on alawi.

  5. Hussein Max says:

    Sad 50 years after independence Malawi has no airport to talk about. I remember a friend asking me when we landed at KIA. ” How long before we reach the main airport?” he probably thought we were stopping over at some district terminal before final landing at the main airport. I was embarrassed and just kept quiet.

  6. airport ya ku mzuzu is very close to main road no wonder wa dada chakufwa na matawa wawo wala wakatela mu thala, ki ki ki ki

  7. mwahana says:

    If land was encroached just remove the encroacher!!!! Is there another problem???

  8. Malibwe says:

    Mzuzu ndiye mungotaya nthawi and resources. Anazolowera kuyenda pansi amenewo. Ndalamazo zipite ku Nsanje inland Port.

  9. Rich nduna says:

    Ma simbweni simuzatheka…akufuna akupangireni,mukulimbana ndi dpp..munava ku thyolo kuli bwalo la ndege..shupit!!

  10. Chindere wa Chindere says:

    Mzuzu, Airport, Departure and Arrival lounge, is in a bottle store! Eeeeeshe. With man’gina in a tent behind this bottle store …….and calling it airport is a very big insult.!

  11. Kakha Erutu says:

    Why waste good money kumanga airport Ku Mzuzu? There are better uses for our precious money like building a state-of-the-art airport at Chileka, Blantyre. We also need a good one in Mangochi. Airport ku Mzuzu? Kumeneko ndiye kutaya ndalama. Inu simuziwa kuti airport imamangidwa kumene kuli anthu! Inu anakuuzani ndi ndani kuti ku mpoto kunayamba kukhalidwa ndi anthu? Ku mpoto tu kulibe anthu, kuli atumbuka okha okha.

  12. puludzu says:

    The problem with Malawi is the lack of standards. We dream of having nice airport facilities yet we fail even to construct a mare proper major bus depot in our main cities. In other countries, bus depots are far much better than what we call ‘international airports’. you cannot even mention of train stations because you would think it is a different planet. Dongosolo limativuta a Malawi. Having traveled to some country, I was amazed when I went to cash a bus at the main depot. Ine kumawona ngati zasintha kuti mwina tikukwera ndege. kumawona ngati ndili ku airport. Kudzadzidzimuka ndikukatulukira khomo lina lake directly into a nice coach having checked my luggage. All am trying to say is these people don’t play around with standards. I thought of my bus station in Lilongwe. Almost like shading a tear. It’s not about poverty gentlemen. The whole government or city assembly cannot fail to construct a better airport, nor a better bus terminal. We are just used to poor standards of living. We are premitive

  13. kanyimbi says:

    If they encroached on the land it means they don’t want the airport. How can they want the airport when they have many airports at their homes (inherited from their grand parents) ? Ndege za usiku sizimafuna ma bwalo a ndege. please use participatory rural appraisal (PRA) to know what exactly the need.

  14. mtumbuka1 says:

    So that after the airport is built in mzuzu with taxpayers money dpp must put the photo of the airport on their useless dpp cloth for their campaign as if it was built using mutharika’s personal money. We simply need a new president and a new government machinery and not this rotten and corrupt one led by this useless professor. We also don’t need anything to do with dpp here in mzuzu.

  15. Professor Seyani says:

    Itz the government rehabilitating. Shupit zanu

  16. kaya says:

    Lets build new airports dont just be talking mmene munaybira it is the same old story and no movements Chileka rehabilitation has taken ages

  17. captain says:

    Airport ngati bus depot. Cant u hire good architectures and design new model of airport just to be like bus station in south Africa or Rwanda has a small but beautiful airport. We are not ambitious here in Malawi

  18. Kadakwiza says:

    Who wasted the money to construct the Mzuzu Airport? But anyway its good to hear that Mzuzu will one day have an international airport. Let not be a campaign tool, as it happened to Karonga Chitipa road. During campaign period you send the contractors with equipments then after elections, the contractors are no where to be found. After five years you send another contractor. That is why projects in Malawi took 5 to 10 years to get finish because of politics. Malawi will never develop.

  19. Pata phiri says:

    Don’t talk rubbish it’s chineese who is sponsoring

  20. Bwengu says:

    If the land was enchroached it means we don’t want the airport, ise tikukhumba federal govt not airport.
    This is welcomed idea but think also of reducing travel costs so that more should afford to use flight. Currently domestic flight costs are expensive, you may have the infrastructure but no flights as the passenger volume will determine frequency. There are lot people travelling between our cities mainly business personnel who can prefer these low cost flights tha spending 2days in transit kukaoda ku LL then back to Mzuzu.

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