Malawi to commercialise airport VIP lounges

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Principal Secretary Dalitso Kabambe has told parliament that from July 1 this year passengers eligible to use Very Important Person (VIP) lounges at Chileka and Kamuzu International airports will now have to pay to access the facilities.


Kabambe said this when he had an audience with the International Relations Committee of Parliament in Lilongwe.

According to Kabambe, the move is part of the reforms his ministry is implementing in line with government’s Public Reforms Agenda.

“The decision has been made with a view to regulate the use of the lounges and allow individuals who normally use such facilities in their travel elsewhere but are deprived the opportunity in Malawi to access them,” said Kabambe.

He said under the new arrangement, users  will have to book in advance and pay between K50 000 ($70) and K100 000 ($140) to use the facility.

Each user will only be allowed a maximum of two guests and  access will be restricted to the title holder, and immediate family members will only be allowed access when they are in the company of the title holder, according to Kabambe.

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