SAA flights to Blantyre affected by runway maintenance

State-owned airline SAA carried 6.9 million passengers in the year ending March 2016.
State-owned airline SAA carried 6.9 million passengers in the year ending March 2016.

South African Airways says it has had to make alternative arrangements to accommodate  runway closures in Blantyre, Malawi.  

SAA issued a statement saying the Malawian airport authorities confirmed the "main runway in Blantyre will remain closed for an extended period until 31 October 2019 for maintenance and rehabilitation. It is the same runway, which SAA uses, and was originally closed on 24 April 2019".

SAA has therefore made alternative travel arrangements to ensure continued operations to and from Blantyre and to mitigate further impact of the runway closure on its customers and passengers.

“SAA’s customers will therefore travel between Johannesburg and Lilongwe on SAA operated aircraft and further travel between Lilongwe and Blantyre on Ethiopian Airlines, for the period 31 August 2019 until 31 October 2019. This is an interim travel plan intended to avoid any service disruptions,” says Tlali Tlali, SAA spokesperson.

The Ethiopian Airlines is SAA’s partner airline in that market and there is an interline agreement to seamlessly facilitate customer transfers between the two airlines.

SAA operates daily flights between Johannesburg and Lilongwe and the airline offers both business and economy class product and service on the route operated on Airbus A320/A319 aircraft.  

The airline says all passengers who have not been ticketed will be rebooked onto the next available flight. All ticket change fees with be waiver for affected passengers. For further details contact the airline directly via there website    

“We apologize to our valued customers for any inconvenience caused by these operational changes. We will continue to look for ways of minimizing the impact of operational changes to enable us to offer more travel convenience for customers,” says Tlali.

(Compiled by Selene Brophy) 

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