SAA resumes flight  between Johannesburg and  Blantyre

South African Airways (SAA) has resumed flights between Johannesburg  and Blantyre about two weeks after the airliner suspended it’s operations due to security concerns at Chileka International Airport.

SAA says the flights  resume  route for  the Chileka International Airport in Blantyre 

SAA said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times that  the resumption of operations on Saturday follows the conclusion of audit and inspection processes at the Chileka International Airport in Blantyre relating to the condition of the airport.

The airline said the  serious failings at the airport ehich  included a lack of a reliable fire engine and ambulance (due to lack of maintenance) and an inadequate and vandalised perimeter fence have been addressed. Normally, SAA operates three times a week between Johannesburg and Blantyre, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Kalekeni Kanene
Kalekeni Kanene
2 years ago

SAA has no choice apart from resuming the Blantyre flights. It is a bankrupt airline. Closing the Blantyre route was shooting itself on the foot. Amati atani? Kkkkkkkk

Commentator
Commentator
2 years ago

The real reason is that the sub-standard finding on the state of the airport (due to management not doing their job) is that their insurers would not accpet any claim from them if they did land and there was a problem. Not shooting itself in the foot, but complying with the requirements of their insurance.

BTW, saying that they are shooting themselves in the foot is ignoring the fact that the airport failed a safety inspection.

chimdipiti
chimdipiti
2 years ago

I expected to hear an action done on the Director of Civil aviation as to how can he allow an international airport to function without a proper fire engine including an ambulance ? No wonder the country does not have its own flag carrier our priorities are bull shit

Kamanga Lestern
Kamanga Lestern
2 years ago

That’s great news but let’s get a lesson we don’t need others to come and tell us how things are done or what standard we should have wake up Malawi

DIPIPI
2 years ago

Our priorities are on stadia and hotels. Nothing to do with aviation. No single plane, air ports in states of disrepair possibly because they were made by MCP under Kamuzu though we use them when going to UNGA and to other places. We are in sorry state as a nation. Even those countries which were torn by wars are way ahead of us. I cry for my dear country.

Mwananyanian
Mwananyanian
2 years ago

@Kamanga Lestern
Asa. We’ve already been inconvenienced; enough is enough.
Guaranteed this will happen again at this or another airport in Malawi. It is as if our management systems were designed to fail at small undertakings.
Shame to the Ministry, and managers responsible for managing this airport: Do these people read about how other African countries manage their airports, or travel and take the opportunity to observe? Or do they just sit phwii, in typical Malawian fashion, and just wait for their pay check?

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