South African Airways resumes Jo’burg-Blantyre, Malawi route

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South African Airways (SAA) resumed operations between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Malawi) on Saturday, 2 February 2019.

The resumption of operations follows the conclusion of audit and inspection processes at the Chileka International Airport in Blantyre relating to the condition of that airport.

SAA suspended its operations on 18 January after it emerged that the state of the airport did not fully comply with conditions set out in its operating license.

SAA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali said: “We are pleased that we are able to reinstate flights between the two points (Johannesburg and Blantyre) following the implementation of our corrective action plan. The plan was a battery of remedial interventions aimed at curing or responding to the audit findings.”

SAA operates a three-weekly service between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) notified SAA on Friday afternoon that the regulator is satisfied with the measures taken to respond to the situation at the airport in Blantyre.