Due to Malawi’s recent economic difficulties, South African Airways ( SAA ) will halt operations in Malawi ( Lilongwe and Blantyre ).
Before making the difficult decision to reroute to Malawi, SAA stated in an industry alert last week that it was closely monitoring the situation, including the significant devaluation of the Malawian Kwacha, severe foreign currency shortages, and the escalation of blocked funds. Services to Malawi are now suspended as of Thursday, November 30, 2023.
According to SAA’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof. John Lamola, the route cancellation is a carefully thought-out risk management measure in response to the country of Malawi currently facing economic difficulties.
” The airline’s commitment to serving the people of Malawi and fostering trade ties between South Africa and Malawi should not be interpreted as jeopardizing this action.” We cannot commit to routes that are not financially viable as SAA’s new leader and as a small but expanding airline.
” SAA appreciates its connection to the Malawian market and is grateful to its clients for their patience and support during these trying times.” We’ll keep a close eye on the circumstance. As soon as the situation calls for the substance of financially efficient operations from this route, we are willing to resume our journey to Malawi, “added Lamola.
SAA regrets any inconvenience this may have caused and expresses gratitude to its clients for their patience and support during these trying times.