The growing number of passengers between Harare and Lilongwe is forcing Malawi Airlines to consider increasing flights to Zimbabwe from three to five times a week.
Malawian Airlines commercial director Eskinder Alemu said this in Zimbabwe at a function to celebrate the first anniversary of the Harare-Lilongwe.
He said the increased frequency would cater for the growing number of tourists and traders between Zimbabwe and Malawi. The aircraft has the capacity to carry 40 passengers.
“The response we have been getting from the public is very good and we want to reinforce that leverage by bringing more flights and traffic. Seeing the growth and demand, we are going to increase our flights from three to five flights per week soon,” he said.
He also said plans were also underway for the airline to operate between Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Malawian ambassador Ms Jane Kambalame said introduction of direct flights to Harare is a proud for the people of Malawi and Zimbabwe.
“It has given an additional lift to trade, economic and tourism ties, and boosted the people based historical relations between the two countries,” she said.
Kambalame says aviation is an enabler of economic growth as it remains the main catalyst for regional integration and globalization because it facilitates speedy movement of people and goods.
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe is also quoted in Zimbabwe Herald newspaper urging the airline to launch flights between Lake Malawi and Victoria Falls.