Malawi Airlines Plans Increasing Flights with 4 New Routes
Malawi Airlines, the country's flag carrier is planning to add four new routes to the five existing ones by December this year.
Head of commercial for the company Charles Ng'ambi told Zodiak online that this is in response to growing demand for network expansion now that businesses have normalized after Covid-19 pandemic.
"We are looking at launching our flights in Nampula and Pemba in Mozambique, we are also adding Kigali in Rwanda and then Entebe in Uganda and an evening flight in Johannesburg, " Ng'ambi said.
The company on Friday, 27th October added to its fleet a third aircraft, 118 seater Boeing 737-700 in preperation for the expansion.
The additional aircraft Ng'ambi said has been leased on long term from the company's strategic partner, Ethiopian airline.
Since 2014 when it rolled out its operations, Malawi Airlines has been using two aircrafts, a 67-seater Bombardier Q400 and Boeing 737 – 800 which has 154 passenger capacity.
"Currently we serve Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia), Harare (Zimbabwe) and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) besides the domestic route between Blantyre and Lilongwe," said Ng'ambi.
The post Covid-19 period, according to the Head of commercial at Malawi Airlines, has seen increased traffic demand for airline services hence the addition of the new aircraft.
Department of Civil Aviation under the ministry of transport regards the addition of the aircraft on the part of Malawi Airlines as a vote of confidence on its services and growth of the aviation industry in Malawi.
Fredrick Chisepeya, Acting Airport Commandant at Kamuzu International Airport said "to us as the department it's a warning that we are supposed to up provision of our services more especially the safety aspect of it."
Malawi Airlines, a registered partnership company with shareholding between Malawi Government and Ethiopian Airlines hopes to expand its network beyond Africa by the year 2025.
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