Officials push Chileka Airport reopening to January 2020

Chileka International Airport will be fully open in January 2020, a month later than it was initially planned, authorities have said.

Chileka Airport runway ready

Minister of Transport and Public Works Ralph Jooma on Saturday visited the airport in Blantyre to appreciate rehabilitation works that are now near completion on the airport’s runway.

Government is spending K4 billion on the rehabilitation works including the airport’s runwaywhich  developed cracks which was a challenge for landing aircrafts..

Jooma said he is impressed with the progress of the rehabilitation works.

“Three months ago I came here and the contractor asked for an extension of time to 31st December and today, two weeks before that day, the works are almost complete,” he said.

Jooma said the opening of the airport is of great economic importance to the nation.

Initially, the rehabilitation works, which started on April 24 this year, were expected to be completed by July 24 but the deadline was later shifted to August end then November.

Following the closure of the main runway, big aircrafts have not been landing at the airport, with only small and lighter planes ferrying passengers between Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport.

In January this year, government said it would spend over K4 billion to rehabilitate the airport’s runway.

In 2015, government obtained a 21 million euros (about K17 billion) loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and in 2018, Parliament authorised the borrowing of $168 million (about K122 billion) from Export and Import (Exim) Bank of China for the rehabilitation of KIA and Chileka International Airport.

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Gongoni Wakuda
Gongoni Wakuda
2 years ago

What happened to those K17 Billion and K122 Billion coz LIA is still in a shit

2 years ago

How about the Security at the airport…. No scanner machines are working both at Departure and Arrival…. Opening the bag in front of other passengers is embarrarssing and inconvenient… also checking is very unprofessional and it can surely leads to security threats…. uplifting of departure lounge is on hold for many years…. spending of few 100 million kwacha can surely help to finish that job….. please highlight those issues in a detailed manner….

Big Mbuzi
Big Mbuzi
2 years ago

Happy with progress? LOL.

The closure of this runway has been a disgrace to the country, and a huge inconvenience to passengers. January is 31 days. When is it really opening?

Aircraft scheduling is not like waving a minibus. Its serious business except if it is Malawian Airlines, then anything goes.

Over to you Mr Minister of T & PW.

2 years ago

think about our brothers and sisters in the NORTH —-that one is not one the airports we all know —

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