Kamuzu International Airport located in the capital Lilongwe is Malawi’s biggest airport. Its the main hub of the national carrier Malawi Airlines and privately owned Ulendo airlink. It was opened in 1977 and its owned and managed by Airports development limited (ADL). Its international Airline Transport Association (iata) code is LLW
Airlines and Destinations: Only a few airlines land at kamuzu International airport i.e Malawi airlines which flies to Blantyre, Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, Dar es salaam and Nairobi. Proflight Zambia (Lusaka) Ethiopian airlines (Addis Ababa), kenya Airways (Nairobi) and South African Airways (Johannesburg). Ulendo airlink flies to Blantyre, Mzuzu, Karonga, Likoma island, Club Mkokola and an international service to Mufwe, Zambia. Cargo airlines available are Kenya Airways cargo, Ethiopian cargo and Emirates skycargo.
The viewing deck is open to the public. You are able to see your loved ones departing or arriving and also good for plane spotters. Due to international aviation regulations photos are now being restricted. Lumbadzi restaurant is also located on the deck you can have great meals while spotting planes.
Rusty corner: There say every African airport has a must have rusty corner where you find old planes and Kamuzu International Airport is no exception.
For Communications there is an airtel and Tnm shop for purchasing sim cards. All you need is your passport for registration as per the law. Immediately after registration the sim card will be activated and you can top up data bundles to connect with your loved ones. A sim cards costs less than USD1. There is no wifi at the airport. Financial services exchanging money they are forex bureaus and ATM facilities if you wish to withdraw using your credit/debit card. Please note that only visa and Mastercard ATM’s are available at the airport.
The only available Transport mode are taxis. Unfortunately they is no regular bus service between the airport and the city centre. Car rental services are available there is Avis, SS rent a car, Country carhire, etc. Fares from the Airport to Lilongwe city centre average price is USD25/30. For those planning on travelling to the Lakeshore resorts you can negotiate with drivers make sure you agree the price before boarding the vehicle. Please note they is no uber service available in Malawi.
Facilities and services. Will just go through the facilities in photos
Airlines that stopped/suspended services at kamuzu International Airport.
Cargo planes at kamuzu International Airport
Aviation is a fundamental enabler that keeps communities connected, and maintains vital food and medical supply chains worldwide. During the Covid-19 pandemic the airport has been playing an important role receiving covid-19 supplies for the nation. Some airlines that never land in Malawi where sported bringing supplies for example Royal Air Morocco and Egyptair brought donations from their respective governments and Ethiopian Airlines brought items donated by Jack Ma the founder of Alibaba group.
Kamuzu International Airport is not as big as other global aviation hubs. Its truly unique and compact with all modern facilities. One thing you will definitely love about the size is that its fast to go through the airport procedure especially after a long journey the airport is the last place you want to spend more time. The airport has friendly staff, clear signage from entry to exit, adequate security, ample parking, etc.