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Airports in Malawi

Airports offer better-than-ever facilities

Kamuzu International Airport, about 35 km north of Lilongwe, is Malawi's main airport. It has modern facilities including a website providing useful up-to-date information for those planning to travel to Malawi.

The relatively new main terminal is managed by Airport Developments Ltd (ADL), a commercial parastatal that is wholly owned by the Government of Malawi.

Malawi Catering Services Ltd, also owned by ADL, provides in-flight meals at Kamuzu International Airport as well as catering services at the Terminal Restaurant, bars and Tilipano Leisure Centre in Lumbadzi.

ADL works closely with key stakeholders such as the Department of Civil Aviation, the Department of Immigration, the Department of Port Health, the Malawi Police Service, the Malawi Revenue Authority, Air Cargo Ltd and Lilongwe Handling Company to ensure that airport services are delivered effi ciently and to international standards.

The major international carriers Malawian Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and South African Airways operate services to and from Kamuzu offering flights to key destinations worldwide.


The commercial city of Blantyre is served by Chileka International Airport, located 16 km from the city centre. To cope with the growth in international traffic into Blantyre, there has been strategic investment in the renovation of airport buildings and runways. These renovations are to be carried out mostly in the course of 2014 and 2015. All the major carriers into Malawi also operate into Chileka, thus providing a convenient travel option for both leisure and business customers.

There is a series of airports located across Malawi, handling mostly charter flights to the popular centres of tourism. They include Kasungu, Likoma, Chelinda Makhanga, Makokola Retreat and Salima.


The Ulendo group of companies, established in 1998, is one of Malawi’s leading tour operators and service providers. 

Ulendo deals with inbound international travel from Europe and North America. Together with its original partner, Club Makokola, it provides support services such as ground handling for tourists travelling to Mfuwe Lodge and the Bushcamp Company in Zambia as well as Makokola Retreat in Malawi. Recently a 25 per cent interest in Ulendo was acquired by the owners of Kaya Mawa Lodge on Likoma Island. 

Ulendo has won top agent awards from South African Airways, British Airways, KLM and Kenya Airways in Malawi and is accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The group continues to introduce new products and services.


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