Malawi to Have New Chileka Airport, KIA Terminal to Be Refurbished

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has disclosed that there will be funds in the national budget for a new international airport for Blantyre-Chileka and that Kamuzu International Airport in the capital Lilongwe will have its terminal refurbished.

Buildings at KIA need major rehabilitation and maintenance to revitalise and expand the terminal building. And there is also need to install new equipment such as aircraft surveillance system.

The terminal building of the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe will be refurbished. Japan already gave Malawi a K17 billion (3.7 billion yen) grant to finance a project to expand and rehabilitate KIA. The project of extending and maintaining KIA is expected to start this year and completed in 2018.

There will also be an all-new and modern Chileka International Airport in Blantyre. The airport has seen increased international traffic in recent years with Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines extending their services to Chileka to join South African Airways.