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Getting around by air

There are no direct flights to Malawi from Europe or the United States. The easiest way to reach the country by air is via Kenya, Ethiopia or South Africa.

Airports & Airlines

Lilongwe International Airport, 25km north of Lilongwe City Centre, handles the majority of international flights, while Chileka International Airport, 15km north of central Blantyre, also receives numerous flights.

The country’s national carrier relaunched as Malawian Airlines in 2012, when its previous incarnation, Air Malawi, went into liquidation and the government partnered with Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines Flies daily from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to both Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Kenya Airways Links both Lilongwe and Blantyre with Nairobi (Kenya) four days a week.

Malawian Airlines Has a decent regional network, with flights heading to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe) from Blantyre and Lilongwe.

Proflight Zambia Flies Lilongwe to Lusaka (Zambia) six days a week.

South African Airways Flies three days weekly between Blantyre and Johannesburg (South Africa), and six days weekly between Lilongwe and Johannesburg (with connections to Durban, Cape Town etc).

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.


If you're combining a trip to Malawi with one to South Africa, consult South African travel agent Travel Start (www.travelstart.co.za) for cheap flights up from Johannesburg et al.