Due to the closure of the main runway at Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre, Malawi, for maintenance, South African Airways' (SAA) operations to Blantyre have been cancelled on 24 April 2019 and 27 April 2019. The aircraft size which the airline operates to Blantyre does not fit in the required categories/classes of the secondary runway, which remains operational during the mainenance of the main runway. However, contingency plans have been put in place for smaller aircraft operated by SA Express* (Q400 turbo prop aircraft) to operate this route, with the exception of the Wednesday and Saturday flights.
South African Airways usually operates a three weekly service between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Affected customers are advised to contact South African Airways for further information.
* State-owned airline SA Express is operationally independent of South African Airways, but its flights are incorporated within the strategic alliance with South African Airways.