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South African Airways stops flights to Blantyre, Malawi due to safety concerns
23 January 2019

South African Airways (SAA) decided to cancel its operations into and from Blantyre Chileka International Airport, (BLZ/FWCL), Malawi due to safety concerns.

The decision was made after the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) reported finding “Level 1” safety issues at the airport.

According to the SACAA the Level 1 finding primarily relates to the inadequacy of aviation infrastructure facilities and related emergency support services offered at Chileka International Airport.
The SACAA inspection exposed several non-compliances some of which were cause for serious concern. Notably, the airport’s perimeter fence is vandalised and falls short of the set international standards. Due to lack of maintenance, both the ambulance and fire engine are not dependable.

The cancelation of SAA’s Blantyre operations became effective Saturday, 19 January 2019 and will remain in place until such time that the findings raised by the SACAA have been adequately
addressed and a follow up inspection regarding the findings has been conducted.

 

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