05 Jun 2023

Muli bwanji Malawi! Airlink to launch new Lilongwe and Blantyre routes.


31 May 2023, Johannesburg – Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline, will start operating flights between Johannesburg and both Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi from 23 September 2023.

Malawi becomes the 16th country to be included in Airlink’s comprehensive route network. Airlink will fly comfortable and efficient 37-seat Embraer Regional Jets on both new routes, which will operate three times a week.

“As the premier regional airline, Airlink sets out to provide travellers to and from Malawi with optimal connectivity through a wide choice of conveniently scheduled flights and connections within the region and, through our partners, to the rest of the world. In addition to supporting the revitalisation of tourism, Airlink’s new routes will also be able to play a key role in the current Malawi Growth and Development Strategy which aims to diversify the economy and build a wealthy, self-reliant and industrialised middle-income country,” explained Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster

Sustainable wildlife and tourism are vital to Malawi’s economy. The country is often referred to as “the warm heart of Africa” and was crowned as one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Top Countries in 2022. Tourist attractions include Lake Malawi (Africa’s third-largest, which is more like an inland sea), wildlife, adventure and its rich cultural heritage.

Flights on the new routes will operate at these times and days of the week from 23 September 2023:

Flight No Days of Week From Departure To Arrival

4Z 460 1.3.5.. JNB 11:00 LLW 13:20

4Z 461 1.3.5.. LLW 14:10 JNB 16:35

Flight No Days of Week From Departure To Arrival

4Z 450 .2.4..7 JNB 11:00 BLZ 13:05

4Z 451 .2.4..7 BLZ 14:15 JNB 16:35

Customers wanting to travel on these Airlink routes can book and manage their trips on flyairlink.com, Airlink’s smartphone app or through travel agents.


Airlink’s great value fares on our Embraer Regional Jet flights include a 20kg free luggage allowance. Onboard, our customers are treated to a complimentary light meal, refreshments, generous leg room and a choice of aisle or window seat (our flights do not have middle seats).

About Airlink

Airlink was established in 1992 and is Southern Africa’s premier privately-owned, regional airline. Airlink serves these cities and other destinations throughout Southern Africa as well as Madagascar and St Helena Island. In addition, Airlink offers worldwide connections through its 34 airline partners, which include many of the world’s best-known inter-continental carriers.

Earlier this year Airlink launched its innovative “Skybucks” frequent flyer rewards programme.

Airlink has consistently been South Africa’s most on-time airline over the last two years, with its fleet of more than 60 modern jetliners achieving a 94.89% average on-time performance so far this year*.

Airlink is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) member and accredited under its safety audit programme.