Malawian Airlines to suspend SA, Kenya flights over COVID-19 threat

A Malawian airlines flight

In response to South African government’s announcement of effecting a national lock-down from the midnight of 26th March 2020, Malawi Airlines says it is temporarily suspending its operations to and from the rainbow nation.

Spokesperson for the airline Joseph Josiah, explained that the last Malawian airlines flight into South Africa will be on Thursday 26th March.

He was upbeat that the flights will resume at the end of the lock-down on April 16 depending on the prevailing situation.

 “So accordingly Malawi Airlines will be temporarily suspending our operations into Johannesburg South Africa

“This means our last flight will be on Thursday 26th March 2020, that will be until 16th April 2020, depending on the situation that will be prevailing at that particular time,” he said.

The Kenyan government also announced a lock-down; closing its borders to foreigners consequently affecting international flights into the country and in response, Malawi airlines is also temporarily suspending operations there beginning Wednesday 25th March.

He added that resumption will be until further notice depending on the situation on the ground.

Currently, South Africa’s confirmed number of coronavirus cases is now at 554.

On Monday, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa in a national address, announced a 21 day lock-down in its bid to escalate its response to curb the spread of the outbreak.