Commercial airlines resume Malawi flights August end

Government has now confirmed that commercial airlines in the country resumes this month-end amid tough Covid-19 preventive measures.

Chileka International Airport in Blantyre

Acting director of Civil Aviation James Chakwera said there is no need to keep the Malawi airports closed when neighbouring countries have resumed international and domestic flights.

“We don’t know when this pandemic will end. Life has to go on,” he said.

He said Malawi should not be an island when all neighbouring countries; Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania have opened their airspaces amid rising cases of covid-19 infections.

Chakwera said his department is now liaising with the presidential task force on covid-19 on how best to prevent the further spread of covid-19 infections when the airports are open for international flights.

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Ndayisaba Asiel
Ndayisaba Asiel
10 months ago

Its really happy to hear this God bless Malawi with its peaple

Charles D
Charles D
10 months ago

Its a great thing, but all airlines (not only Malawi) must take all steps necessary to ensure virus cannot transmit and spread. Recent news reports that the virus that causes Covid-19 has mutated and has become a more transmissive strain. Also earlier studies and news reports have shown that: 1) the virus is air-borne 2) there are people who are asymptomatic ie. infectious yet without exhibiting symptoms and who do pass through the Covid-19 lab detection testing kit and temperature scanners. 3) The virus is able to be transmitted between people more easily in the closed air space of an… Read more »

Ceciel
Ceciel
10 months ago

I am happy to hear this, finally we can go home, i have been here wiating for 5 months without a job, I lost my job in this Covid 19 epidemic, we’ve all been affected in different ways because of this situation, in such hard times we need hope of reopening the airports. we just have to work with this situation because I don’t think it will just disappear, it will take some time, meanwhile our life can’t be on hold, measures, precautions and instructions should be put in place in order to minimize the spread. Opening of the airport… Read more »

Mohamed
Mohamed
10 months ago

I’ve booked a ticket on 15 August with Ethiopian Airlines, I don’t know what is going to happen, I hope they open on 15.

Louis Chakanga
Louis Chakanga
10 months ago

Airports need to supply personal protective equipment and the right training, authorities must ensure safety and the safety of staff in all our active hubs. On top of this, touchless processing will come to the fore. Face recognition technology may well dominate in future. That could mean a huge cost even though the investment in fingerprint technology has not yet had time to deliver a return. So, costs will escalate, and revenues will continue to be low. The question is how long these changes will last? Are we witnessing a permanent change in customer behavior and the travel process? Nobody… Read more »

Kasmani
Kasmani
10 months ago

I think it’s too late, it might be open in mid of August.

Hora
Hora
10 months ago

Am looking forward to the day Malawi will be independent with independent mind.
Malawi from 1994 started acting like the neighbors next door, they buy a chicken, dad get us a chicken as well. No independent mindset, just dependent copy cat. Remember the saying that : the majority sometimes mean that all the fools are on the same side.

goodson
goodson
10 months ago

Since its only for returning citizens or residents and most countries also say they’re open to citizens and returning residents, how is this expected to work.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
10 months ago

Just shot yourselves in the foot by closing air space while land boarders where majority of movements take place remained pretty much open. Countries hard hit by covid-19 have their airlines flying and people going on with their businesses/holidays, etc.

My beloved country.
10 months ago

Sounds simplistic. You do not open simply because others are opening. You put in place measures to prevent contagion of the virus of your customers. It makes flying on a Malawi plane scary. You were supposed to do the consultations with the covid presidential club prior to announcing this so that people can trust that you know what you are doing.

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