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Covid-19 threatens MW Airlines survival again

The new Covid 19 set regulations have paralyzed Malawian Airlines operations, threatening the viability of its business.

This is coming at a time the Airline, which was on the verge of collapse before the recapitalization, had just resumed its normal operations in June.


Capital FM understands that the airline’s business has almost halted due to restrictions on passengers to local residents and holders of diplomatic passports.


Authorities introduced this measure on the onset of the pandemic‘s third wave as a preventive measure to the spread of the deadly delta variant.


However, the measure according to Malawian Airlines’ spokesperson Joseph Josiah, has worsened its business situation with most of its flights cancelled due to lack of traffic.


“We are currently cancelling our flights time and again because of lack of traffic… should appreciate that we are engaging government to review the recently introduced measures.


“The measure means we are only required to carry Malawians and other few special travelers in our flights into the country but we think this is not a positive regulation as it further reduces the already small market.


“We think as a country we should be doing what other countries are doing because apart from Malawi, other countries are just encouraging the rapid tests upon arriving at the airport to double check the passengers’ Covid -19 status instead of banning nonresidents,” Josiah said.


Meanwhile, Josiah has since admitted fears on sustaining its operations if the measures are not reviewed.

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