In response to the recent economic challenges faced by Malawi, South African Airways (SAA) has announced the suspension of its services to Malawi, including the cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre.
The decision, effective from Thursday, November 30th, 2023, comes as a result of the substantial devaluation of the Malawian Kwacha, acute foreign currency shortages, and the escalation of blocked funds in the country.
In an industry alert issued last week, SAA highlighted its careful monitoring of the economic situation in Malawi before arriving at the difficult decision to cancel the route.
Prof. John Lamola, SAA’s Chief Executive Officer, explained that the move is a strategic risk management intervention to address the current economic challenges faced by Malawi.
Prof. Lamola emphasized that the decision should not be viewed as a retreat from SAA’s commitment to serving the people of Malawi and fostering trade links between South Africa and Malawi.
He stated, “As the new leadership of SAA – and as a small but growing airline – we cannot commit to routes that are not financially sustainable.”
SAA expressed gratitude for the understanding and continued support of its customers in Malawi during these challenging times.
The airline assured that it would closely monitor the situation and remains open to resuming the route to Malawi when the conditions permit financially efficient operations.