Airports to reopen next month

Malawi Airports to reopen next month (September 2020)

Post was last updated: August 18, 2020

The government says it will reopen the country’s airports next month, starting with the Kamuzu International Airport to allow resumption of international flights.

The government announced closure of the airports in April this year in a bid to contain spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in his weekly radio address on Saturday night, President Lazarus Chakwera said the government has made headway in mapping regulations for re-opening of the skies.

He said the flights resumption would be in line with the International Air Transport Association rules.

“Passengers arriving from abroad will need to have a certificate showing that they had been tested no more than ten days prior, be tested again on arrival and be transported to designated hotels for 48 hours of self-isolation while waiting for results before being directed where to go based on their status,” Chakwera said.

Businesses have lamented the closure of airports and boarders saying it is disturbing the flow of imports.

Speaking in an interview Malawi Confederations of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Director Business Environment and Policy Advocacy, Madalitso Kazembe the pandemic has largely affected the country’s economy.

“If a number of businesses are severely affected, it will also affect how we are going to recover,” Kazembe said.

Countries such as Cameroon, Zambia and Tanzania have reopened their airports.

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