If you are visiting Malawi you may be flying into the Lilongwe Airport. The more you know about the airport before you get there, the better off you will be. Here are some facts about the airport (a.k.a Kamuzu International Airport.)
Single Runway and Terminal
As the airport in Lilongwe doesn’t get as much traffic as other airports do it only has one runway. The airport itself is located above the mean sea level. Its lone terminal is large enough to accommodate everyone who flies through the airport. The terminal includes tourist centre, café, gift shops, post office, and currency exchange window as well as car rental services.
If you choose to drive to the airport you will find that the price of parking there is reasonable.
As one of the area’s smaller airports, it sees roughly 250,000 passengers in one year. Since the airport is on the smaller side, there are 12 desks, three of which are almost always open. Once you are checked in there are bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink and some food while waiting for your flight to board.
Chartered Private Jets
Much of the air traffic that comes into this airport is from chartered private jets, as high rollers prefer to fly into this airport over others when travelling to Malawi. Each chartered airplane meets the standards set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Cities It Serves
People that fly into the Lilongwe Airport are generally coming from or travelling to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Zambia, Tanzania and even Kenya.
Those that come into this airport from Europe are generally on their way to Ethiopia, South Africa or Kenya. Most of the flights that come into and out of this airport are domestic flights, with an average of five international flights leaving the airport on a daily basis.
The airlines that fly out of this airport are Zambia Airways, Air Malawi, Kenya Airways, Air Zimbabwe, South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. The one cargo airline that uses this airport is Emirates SkyCargo, which has a final destination of Dubai.
If you are travelling to Malawi and are not renting a car when you get there, you will be happy to know that there are almost always local buses running. You will be able to take a bus directly into the city of Lilongwe from the airport. If you do not wish to take a bus there are also local taxis that can take you to nearby locations. Depending on where you are staying during your Lilongwe holiday, you may even be able to get a free shuttle from the airport to the accommodations you chose to stay at.
If you are a foreign passenger leaving Malawi out of the airport, be advised that you will be required to pay a fee of $30 USD in order to leave.
These are valuable things for you to know about the Lilongwe airport before you fly in.