Malawi’s civil aviation embroiled in illegal acts

SWIFTAIR which has brought in competition to Air Malawi is said to be servicing its routes without an Air Operators Certificate (AOC), Nyasa Times has learnt.

Inside sources at the Department of Civil Aviation and Swift Air have confirmed the development which they say puts at risk lives of people flying with Swift Air.

Swift Air is flying within Malawi to Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Karonga and it offers cheaper rates compared to Air Malawi.

The Department of Civil Aviation has warned Swift Air before to stop its flights but the airline run by Louise Perepeczko has defied this and it continues to operate.

Swift Air's Beechcraft 1900d

But employees at the airline say the owners only claim that they are investors but they have many skeletons in their closet.

“They don’t have an AOC which is risky and the claim to be investors and yet they have not invested a single tambala in Malawi.

“Everything they have spent is money acquired from operating in Malawi. Actually they are illegally staying in Malawi because they have no single paper from immigration to allow them to stay and do business in Malawi,” says the source.

Swift Air is said to owe a lot of people huge sums of money including banks by claiming that they are investors and will soon be bringing dollars with their accounts at Indebank and First Merchant Bank overdrawn to pay for fuel.

As of now Swift Air is said not to have paid its employees for three months and that an industrial action will be taken at Kia offices soon.

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