SAA advises of operational changes to Blantyre


South African Airways is advising customers that due to the closure of the main runway at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre, Malawi from 24 April to 24 July, the airline’s operations have been affected.

The aircraft size which SAA operates to Blantyre does not fit in the required categories/classes of the secondary runway, which will remain operational.

Accordingly, SAA’s operations to Blantyre have been cancelled, for 27 April.

For the duration of the runway rehabilitation project, SAA will facilitate travel via Lilongwe for onward connection to Blantyre.

SAA customers will travel between Johannesburg and Lilongwe on SAA operated aircraft and further to/from Blantyre with Ethiopian Airlines.

SAA operates a three-times-weekly service between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays).

All passengers who have not been ticketed will be rebooked onto the next available flight.

Ticketed passengers and groups will be rebooked onto the closest available flight and change fees will be waived.

Concerned customers can call the SAA contact centre on the following numbers:

  • Johannesburg +27 (0) 11 978 1111 or 0861 606 606
  • Blantyre +265 1820 991