Malawi to have new Chileka airport, KIA terminal to be refurbished -APM

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has disclosed that there will funds in the national budget  for a new  international airport for  Blantyre-Chileka and that Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe will have its terminal refurbished.

Chileka Airport
Chileka Airport
Malawi's major international airport KIA
Malawi’s major international airport KIA

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Alfred Mtilatils  warned that delays to address aviation safety issues could put the country’s airports at risk of being blacklisted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao).

Buildings at KIA need major rehabilitation and maintenance to revitalise and expand the terminal building. And  there is also need to install new equipment such as aircraft surveillance system.

Speaking when he delivered the State-of- the-National-Address (Sona) in parliament on Friday, Mutharika said the terminal building of the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe will be refurbished.

Japan already game Malawi a K17 billion (3.7 billion yen) grant to finance a project to expand and rehabilitate KIA.

The project of extending and maintaining KIA is expected to start this year and completed in 2018.

In his speech, Mutharika also said there will be an all-new and modern Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.

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

The airport has seen increased international traffic in recent years with Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines extending their services to Chileka to join South African Airways.

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Captain Bright
Captain Bright
5 years ago

Many educated and rich northeners has relocate themselves in central and south thats why development is at ease there in the North,unless they get back to their place of origin development will follows. I dont know why do these northeners stays away of their region yet on top trying to fought for it interms of development. Nothing will happen there unless these griddy people get to their respective places,and dont talk too much when you knew you are in central or south only NYONDO should.

master
master
5 years ago

sad govt plans are only about south and Centre, and yet when North says allow them to secede, u are very unwilling to endorse this, this is failure by govt to deliver equitably!!!!

PM
PM
5 years ago

Chileka surely needs some work that airport looks like an extremely remote airstrip yet it serves Malawi’s financial hub. As for Lilongwe the upgrade needs to reflect the fact that Lilongwe is the seat of power in Malawi. Security especially needs a serious upgrade. Perhaps an extended Apron, installation of air bridges and upgrade of fire and emergency systems to allow for large aircraft and more airlines to operate simultaneously out of Lilongwe. Airlines like Emirates, cannot operate into Lilongwe unless assured that their aircraft will be well served and protected for the period in which they are on the… Read more »

john
john
5 years ago
Reply to  PM

WE NEED TO UP THE STANDARDS AT CHILEKA AND KIA. LET THE MAINTENANCE BE UP TO STDS. I WUD LOVE IF JAPAN DOES NOT GIVE CASH TO GOVT BUT INSTEAD DO THE CONSTRUCTION THEMSELVES AND HAND OVER THE ALREADY FINISHED STRUCTURE.

Regionalising
Regionalising
5 years ago

What about in the north especially Mzuzu ?

jame
jame
5 years ago
Reply to  Regionalising

What will a boeng plane go to do in the north? Be serious!

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