South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), is offering customers alternative travel arrangements to Malawi following the temporary closure of the main runway at Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre for maintenance and rehabilitation (24 April 2019 to 23 July 2019). The airline operates three weekly services between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Blantyre (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays). The aircraft size, which South African Airways operates to Chileka International Airport (BLZ), does not fit in the required categories/classes of the secondary runway, which will remain operational. For the duration of the runway rehabilitation project, the airline will facilitate travel via Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe for onward connection to Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre. This is intended to avoid any service disruptions and is part of contingency plans to re-accommodate customers via Lilongwe. Customers of South African Airways will travel between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Kamuzu International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe on South African Airways' operated aircraft and further to/from Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre with Ethiopian Airlines. Affected customers are advised to contact South African Airways for further information.