Malawian airline has announced that they are suspending travel on the airline on its Lilongwe-Blantyre-Johannesburg route. This follows announcement by South African Airways (SAA) that said they were to suspend all international operations until May 31 2020 in response to the South African government’s travel ban aimed at cushioning transmission of the novel coronavirus.
Making the statement available, airline public relations officer Joseph Josia said the temporary suspension will run up until April 16th. Earlier on , SAA acting chief executive officer Zuks Ramasia indicated that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and attendant travel restrictions resulted in substantial decline in demand for air travel.
Said Ramasia: “The situation has caused many airlines across the world to ground aircraft, release their employees and cancel flights. In the case of SAA, this decision means that SAA will only render services on its regional and domestic routes.
“It is all our responsibility, not just government, to curb further transmission of the virus. In addition, the increasing risks to our crew of contracting the virus, including the possibility of being trapped in foreign destinations as a consequence of increasing travel bans, cannot be ignored.”
Malawi airline last journey is due to be on Thursday March 26th