In a bid to guard against the threat of importation and spread of the new variant from the Indian sub-continent in the country, Malawi Government has resolved to ban with immediate effect, all but essential arrivals and travel, such as Diplomatic and Medical Travel, of Nationals or Non-Nationals from three South Eastern Asian Countries, namely, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, that have resided in these countries for at least the previous seven days. The same restriction is also extended to Brazil. 

Those undertaking essential travel to and from these countries, shall be required to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine at designated hotel accommodation at their own cost on arrival into the country. In addition, the following conditions will apply for such travellers: 

a) They must be in possession of a negative PCR-based COVD-19 test result or certificate for a test conducted no more than 72 hours before arrival in Malawi.


No one is safe until everyone else is safe. Get Vaccinated. Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect everyone.




Malawi Airlines is notifying it's valued clients and stakeholders that today's flight ET20 from Lilongwe to Johannesburg via Blantyre and flight ET21 from Johannesburg to Lilongwe via Blantyre are delayed due to yet again another bird strike Saturday, 12th December, 2020 at Kamuzu International Airport.

The public may wish to know that this is a third bird strike incident in less than two weeks. The first incident occurred on Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 resulting in delayed operations. The second incident happened on Sunday, December 6 2020 which resulted in grounding of our aircraft for two days to allow for engine change.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) to mitigate the problem of birds on our airports permanently. It is our expectation that the authorities will act swiftly in order to prevent any further incident.

Malawi Airlines sincerely apologies to all our valued passengers for any inconveniences caused.



Malawi Airlines would like to inform its valued clients that flights will resume Wednesday, 9 December, 2020 following two days of cancelation due to a technical problem on our available aircraft.

In an effort to ensure all booked passengers are served without any further disruptions, we are pleased to announce additional flight to/from Johannesburg. Refer to the schedule below for more information about Wedneday's flights:

Exciting news for our Blantyre passengers! Malawi Airlines Limited is announcing resumption of flights into/out of Blantyre following the announcement on Thursday by Government through Department of Civil Aviation of re-opening of Chileka International Airport.

Effecting Monday, 09th November, 2020 the following flights will be back on our schedule: For more information and bookings, please contact any of Malawi Airlines offices or your travel agent.

Good news! Malawi Airlines will, with effect from 02 November, 2020 resume three weekly direct flights between Lilongwe and Dar es Salaam. The much-awaited flights will be departing Lilongwe on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with return flights departing Dar es Salaam on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

This means passengers traveling from Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam and vice versa will have a seamless same day connection with a short layover at Lilongwe Airport.

For more information on departure and arrival times, refer to the timetable below:

Travel requirements for passengers traveling to/from Dar es Salaam:
1. All Travelers entering or leaving the United Republic of Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection. There will be no 14 days mandatory quarantine;

2. All Travelers entering the United Republic of Tanzania will be required to present a valid NEGATIVE COVID-19 certificate from an approved laboratory in a departure country, tested within 72 hours before travel. Upon arrival, Travelers with signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 may undergo testing;

3. All International Travelers should observe adherence to Infection Prevention and Control measures such as hand hygiene, wearing mask and keeping physical distancing as appropriate;

4. All Travelers are required to truthfully fill out Traveler’s Surveillance Form available onboard or in any other transport means and submit to Port Health Authorities upon arrival;

5. International arriving passengers shall dispose-of their masks after use during travel at designated waste collection containers upon arrival.


Malawi Airlines will, effective 12th October, 2020, commence daily direct flights between Lilongwe and Johannesburg.

Full schedule to the rest of our destinations will be announced in the coming days.

For reservation and any other flight inquiries please contact Malawi Airlines on or your travel agent.

A. Travel requirements of passengers coming to Malawi:
1. PCR negative certificate of not more than 10 days old from designated testing laboratory of the country of origin duly signed by approved signatories;
2. If a traveler arrives at the Point of Entry in Malawi without a valid PCR negative certificate, she/he will be required to have a nasopharyngeal sample taken to be tested for COVID-19 at the below costs payable upfront:
    (a) Foreigners: USD100
    (b) Malawian and returning Residents: USD50
     The traveler will be required to proceed to his/her destination for self-quarantine and results will     follow;
4. If a foreigner tests positive she/he will be managed according to the guidelines of Malawi at his/her cost;
5. If a Malawian or returning resident tests positive she/he will be managed according to the country's guidelines;
6. Wearing of masks, washing of hands with soap or hand sanitizing and social distancing are a must in Malawi.

B. Requirements for passengers traveling to South Africa
Passengers traveling to South Africa must meet the following requirements to ensure safety:
1. International Air travel is restricted to OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International Airports;
2. On arrival, travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from date of departure;
3. All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to have a COVID test at their own cost;
4. Where necessary, travellers will need to enter mandatory quarantine facilities at their own cost;
5. Travellers will be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.
6. With screening process that will be taking place for every passenger, regardless of the PCR test, passengers boarding Malawi Airlines flights to OR Tambo Airport, must give themselves enough time for connecting flights out of Johhanesburg. Malawi Airlines will not be held liable for any missed connection.

The safety, security and good health of our staff and passengers is our highest priority.


9/1/2019 1:45:11 PM

Malawi Airlines wishes to announce revised flight schedule effective 1st September, 2019 to 31st October, 2019. The revision follows extention of maintenance works at Chileka Airport in Blantyre:

Malawi Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines flights continuing with normal operations

3/16/2019 8:47:27 AM

Malawi Airlines, 49% owned by Ethiopian Airlines, is announcing to its customers and the public that all operations of its flights and the partner Ethiopian Airlines flights continued to connect Africa to Africa and to the rest of the world with its multiple flights through the Lilongwe and Addis Ababa Hubs.

We would like to assure the public and our customers that both airlines are conducting their operations smoothly with the usual high standards of operational excellence and customer services.  

On Thursday, we witnessed that Addis Ababa Bole International Airport was packed with connecting passengers from across the world, and the ground staff were providing the usual high standard service with the strong conviction to the mission of the airline; while at the same time attending to the grieving families of flight ET302/10 March victims.

Ethiopian Airlines has taken the step to immediately ground its Boeing 737 - Max 8 fleet until further notice. Following the Ethiopian Airlines move, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is grounded all over the world, including the USA and Canada until further notice from the regulators.

Both Malawi Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to deliver the global standard service that the passengers expect from the strong global brands with strong commitment to passenger safety.

Malawi Airlines is Malawi’s national carrier with shareholding between Malawi Government (51%) and Ethiopian Airlines (49%).


Malawi Airlines CEO condoles his ET counterpart following plane crash

3/10/2019 11:44:50 AM

Malawi Airlines Chief Executive Officer Mr. Hailemelekot Mamo has written his counterpart Mr. Tawolde GebreMariam, CEO for Ethiopian Airlines expressing the sister carrier's sympathy following the tragic crashing earlier today of flight ET302 in Addis Ababa killing all 157 people on board.

"On behalf of our Board Chairman and members of Malawi Airlines Management, employees and myself, our thoughts are with Ethiopian Government, Ethiopian Airlines, the families of the deceased; both passengers and crew and all affected by this calamity.

"May the Lord strengthen all concerned during this trying moment especially the families, the government agencies as they strive to manage the situation," said Mr. Mamo in an emailed letter to the Ethiopian Airlines CEO.

Malawi Airlines all-female flight takes off at Kamuzu International Airport

3/8/2019 1:02:56 PM


Malawi Airlines has today celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with an all-female staffed flight, the national carrier's second such flight in history.

Flight 3W034 on a scheduled passenger service to Lusaka and Harare took off at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe at around 11:20 hours local time with Captain Yolanda Ndala Kaunda and First Officer Lusekelo Mwenifumbo in command, assisted by Modester Kanyenda and Alinanuswe Mbisa as Cabin Crew and Gutesimane Atkilti Gebru as flight technician.

All ground operations from customer service, check in, security, immigration, air traffic control, load control, marshaling and fire rescue services were in the hands of women. 

Secretary for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mrs. Erica Maganga commissioned the flight under the theme  ‘All-female flight from the Warm Heart of Africa: proving the power of women. Mrs. Maganga applauded Malawi Airlines for honouring women on their special day. 

Malawi Airlines Chief Executive Officer Mr. Hailemelekot Mamo said the all-female flight was the carrier's demonstration of its commitment to equal opportunity for women who account for at least 37% of the company's human resource. 

"I am 
proud to state that Malawi Airlines is ahead of the 60:40 gender mix target by achieving the 40% female personnel mix already. We have no doubt with the upcoming expansion programs that we will maintain the ratio if not achieve the new 50:50 target," said the CEO.

UN Women Malawi was among the organisations which partnered Malawi Airlines at the event. Others included Malawi Catering Services, Lilongwe Handling Comany (LIHACO), Air Cargo Malawi Ltd and Department of Civil Aviation. 

Malawi Airlines to celebrate IWD with all-female flight

3/1/2019 8:01:45 PM

Malawi Airlines will join the rest of the international community in commemorating this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) with an all-female staffed flight on Friday,
8th March, 2019.

Malawi Airlines will on this day assign one of its flights to all-female staff in honour of our women staff and to show the world that as a company we are playing a vital role in the promotion of women. The triangular flight from Lilongwe-Lusaka-Harare-Lilongwe will be operated by female crew; from cockpit, cabin, check-in, customer care, air traffic control to rest of ground handling operations.

Celebration event to mark commissioning of the special flight will be held at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) from 09:30 a.m. under the theme: All-female flight from the Warm Heart of Africa: proving the power of women.’

The theme is borrowed from the call by Malawi to advance the status of women and girls in the country. As Malawi Airlines we believe women are as capable of success in every field only if given a chance. We thus encourage girls who are still in school to consider pursuing careers in aviation, a field that is often considered to be a preserve for men.

This will be Malawi Airlines’ second all-female operated flight after the maiden all-female staffed flight on March 16 2017.

Meanwhile, passengers purchasing tickets for travel between 2 March and 8 March will enjoy a 15% discount.


2/6/2019 9:39:49 AM

Airlines has announced new promotion dubbed Valentine Special. The promotion allows passengers on Dar es Salaam and Nairobi routes to enjoy special discounted fares during this year's valentine season.

A return ticket from Lilongwe to Dar es Salaam is now at as low as USD259 while from Lilongwe to Nairobi it is at as low as USD350. 

The offer is valid for sales between 6 February, 2019 to 20 March, 2019 and for travel  between 6 February, 2019 and 30 November, 2019. 

In addition, passengers traveling between Lilongwe and Nairobi are allowed 3 pieces of 23kgs each free baggage allowance. Passengers traveling between Lilongwe and Dar es Salaam are allowed up to 40kgs free baggage allowance. 

All other rules and conditions of the regular fare from the respective origins shall apply. For more details contact any Malawi Airlines office or travel agent or write us at

Press Release - Statement on incident at OR Tambo involving Malawi Airlines Flight no. ET20

1/14/2019 2:58:24 PM

We are getting feedback from concerned traveling public regarding the incident that happened today Monday, 14th January, 2019 at OR Tambo International Airport, involving our Flight Number ET020 from Lilongwe to Johannesburg, South Africa.

We are also aware of the misinformation making rounds on social media and other online media outlets alleging that our flight crash-landed in Johannesburg due to problems with the aircraft’s landing gear.

The truth of the matter is that the flight had normal landing at OR Tambo International Airport; however upon touchdown, the Captain of the flight realized that one of the plane’s tyres deflated during normal braking. As a precaution, the Captain decided not to proceed with taxing to the Terminal Parking Bay but opted to have passengers disembark on the runway. All passengers disembarked with no incident. Further precautionary procedures were implemented to tow the aircraft to the parking bay.

Meanwhile, the deflated tyre was replaced and the return flight operated albeit with a two-hour delay.

Malawi Airlines apologizes for the inconvenience and would like to assure our esteemed customers and general traveling public that we are committed to safe, secure and reliable service. We are still investigating the incident to establish the cause of the tyre deflation.

Malawi Airlines wishes to advise its customers that the above incident is a rare occurrence and that precautionary measures are in place to prevent recurrence. For further clarification contact our Senior Public Relations Officer on 999618413/0885313011 or email at

Hailemelekot Mamo
14th January, 2019.

Malawi Airlines increases free baggage allowance for Nairobi passengers

11/13/2018 8:00:00 AM

Malawi Airlines has announced extra piece baggage allowance for passengers traveling between Lilongwe/Blantyre and Nairobi. Effective 14th November, 2018 passengers on Business Class will be allowed 04 pieces of 23kgs each free checked in baggage allowance while those on economy class will enjoy 03 pieces of 23kgs each an increase from the traditional 03 and 02 pieces respectively. The offer is valid until 30th January, 2019.

Malawi Airlines Website Revamp

9/14/2018 10:00:00 AM

Malawi Airlines has launched its newly redesigned website that allows users to book flights, check flight status and schedules with much ease than before. The new-look website is more user-friendly, interactive and more informative giving passengers convenient access to all necessary information about their flights at their fingertips.

Malawi Airlines voted as no. 1 in on-time performance in Johannesburg

8/31/2018 12:00:00 AM

For 3rd time in a roll, Malawi Airlines has been voted as the best Airline in keeping time at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.