Air Malawi says it has carefully designed schedules for its daily flights between Blantyre and Lilongwe to serve the needs of business travellers between the two cities.
Air Malawi's Tariffs and Industry Affairs Manager Tony Chimpukuso said in an interview that the airline is also courting government and the African Union (AU) office in the country to officially designate the Blantyre-Lilongwe business flights for use during the AU summit in July.
"It is a fact that hotels in Lilongwe will not be able to accommodate all VIP and executive guests during the AU summit. Air Malawi will arrange special flights so that some of the guests can sleep at hotels in Blantyre and travel to Lilongwe daily for the summit," said Chimpukuso.
He said Air Malawi is ready to allocate a Boeing 737 plane for the summit days should it get enough bookings for the flights. The airline is currently using the ATR-42 aircraft for the route.
Chimpukuso said the flights have already proved useful and convenient for local travellers as it leaves early in the morning in Blantyre and returns late in the evening to enable customers do all their business assignments during the day.
The flights also operate during weekends, according to Chimpukuso.