Mzuzu Airport trespassers worry Civil Aviation

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has bemoaned the tendency of some Mzuzu City residents to trespass on Mzuzu Airport saying they risk causing a serious accident.

People crossing Mzuzu Airport run away. Photo by Type Mbewe

A footpath across Mzuzu Airport runaway. Photo by Type Mbewe

The residents have created footpaths through the airport as shortcuts between Chiputula and Chiwanja townships.

Mzuzu Airport Acting Airport Commandant and Senior Flight Information Officer, Joseph Moyo said people still cross the airport runway despite signposts warning them against the tendency.

“We have tried several times to put a fence on the eastern side of the airport where people introduced multiple footpaths but they break the fence.

“We have also put warning signs about the dangers of crossing the airfield but people ignore the warnings,” Moyo said.

He said some people pass through the airport with bicycles, wheelbarrows and motorbikes.

“Sometimes they drop metallic objects that may likely cause accidents when the plane comes,” he said.

Moyo then asked Mzuzu City Council (MCC) to intervene by informing block leaders in the city to sensitise residents on the dangers of trespassing an airport.

“We wrote a letter two weeks ago to the MCC Chief Executive Officer to help us in passing information to block leaders to tell people in their communities about the matter,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mzuzu Airport has inadequate security personnel to curb the challenge as it has only 15 airport police officers who work in three shifts.

The Mzuzu Airport is located within the city’s central business district (CBD) and there are plans to relocate it.

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Lazarus
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Lazarus

I don’t see any airport that is just the road not even the road but a netball ground.

Dagobert
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Dagobert

Poor Mr Moyo, 15 Policemen for What? And than they fail to stop this…? Who is paying for all nonsense? It can’t be the user of the airport, with not even a dozen incoming flights a year. The building is a bottle store, the airfield a cattle ranch with a tar road through and the M1 as a boundary, next to it a scrap yard an an abandoned small aircraft, not more and not less! Oh sorry, I forgot the executive VIP lounge, kkkkk. Transfer this deserted area in middle of town into a taxi rank or market and dream… Read more »

ndele
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ndele

kodi ku malawi kuno kuli airport kapena ma aerodrome????????????????????????? zimangooneka ngati ma manyumba a ma nigerian. mkati ngati timashatini houses. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk tima AIRFIELD. anthu aku mzuzu sakulakwitsa anta cifukwa tu palibe cimaonekapo a malawi ali busy ndi ndalama za boma- kunyengela azimai heavy, kumayala nsalu za cipani pasi nkumapondapo pamenepo anthu ena akuyenda opanda malaya. amaika mbendera mma tebulo, magalimoto, kupacika nsalu za cipani mmakoma anyumba, zisakasa.
ndifuse kodi opanda kuyala ,kuvala, nsalu za cipani zinthu sizingayende?????????????? kwatsalaku ndi ucitsilu .,usaveji, nde kumati malawi ndiosauka??????????????????????????????/ sindimavetsa wena atimasuleko.

DPP CADET
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DPP CADET

54TH YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE — MOVING BACKWARDS IN DEVELOPMENT’S —

Chenje tunthumfumbenge
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Chenje tunthumfumbenge

No even single plane nkumati airport.mwima mfiti zumatelapo

Anderson
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Anderson

Malawians are so stupid and dull.

1., elect an electric fence round the airport and guard it you idiots

2.Evict the encroachers.

3.Eventually, Move the airport somewhere else

Kingmfumu
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Kingmfumu

Please do not call that ground with overgrown weeds and grass, an Airport. You have no shame, at all???

Akubatoto
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Akubatoto

Airport!? You mean what used to be an airport? May be if it was well maintained and looked like an airport people would not be trespassing

Kalaya
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Nanga ndege inaterapo liti???? Chimodzimodzi doko!

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