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Main runway at Chileka International Airport, Malawi closed due to potholes
16 March 2014
Chileka Airport (FWCL) runway layout (Google Earth)

Chileka Airport (FWCL) runway layout (Google Earth)

The main runway at Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport in Malawi was closed due to the presence of potholes, according to a statement made by the country’s Transport Minister to PANA Press.

Several potholes were discovered on the main runway 10/28, which is an asphalt runway 2,325 m ( 7,628 feet) in length. Major repair works were necessary because consistent heavy rains have caused major damage underneath. The runway was Notammed closed:

A0051/14 - RWY 10/28 CLSD DUE MAINT RWY 15/33 AVBL FOR LIGHT ACFT ONLY FOR DAY
     LIGHT OPS. 16 MAR 04:00 2014 UNTIL 29 MAR 23:59 2014 ESTIMATED. CREATED:16 MAR 08:00 2014

Ethiopian Airways and Malawian Airlines operate scheduled flights from the airport and have to divert their operations to Lilongwe, Malawi.