Malawi’s Chileka Airport flights suspended due to potholes

Flights in and out of Blantyre-Chileka International Airport have been suspended for two weeks because of runway maintenance works.

The runaway is said to have hazardous potholes.

Spokesman for Malawian Airlines, Paganize Mazeze told Nyasa Times that, with advice from the Department of Civil Aviation, the company has suspended its flight to Chileka from March 16 for two weeks.

“The Department of Civil Aviation informed the airline on Sunday morning that no flights should land or take off from Chileka airport for two weeks because of runway maintenance works.

Malawian Airlines' Boeing 737 800 landing at Chileka Airport in Blantyre from Johannesburg- Pic Lucky Mkandawire

Malawian Airlines’ Boeing 737 800 landing at Chileka Airport in Blantyre from Johannesburg- Pic Lucky Mkandawire

“In this regard, all Malawian Airlines flights to all of its destinations will depart and terminate from Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe with immediate effect until the problem at Chileka Airport has been rectified,” said Mazeze.

Civil Aviation spokesperson said they have suspended flights for “safety reasons.”

The spokesperson told Nyasa Times that maintenance work will take place in order to ensure the safety of those flying through the Chileka airport.

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