#AfriTravel: New airport on the cards for flights direct to Lake Malawi

2018-05-11 15:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Lake Malawi. (Photo: iStock)

With the aim of creating fast and efficient travel to even more parts of Africa, Malawi plans on building a new international airport that will allow travellers to fly direct to Lake Malawi.

The announcement was made by Malawi’s President, Arthur Peter Mutharika at the country’s State of the Nation Address.

“As Government, we will continue to provide infrastructure that facilitates tourism. In Mangochi, we will expedite plans to construct a new airport that can take the world directly to Lake Malawi,” he says.

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According to Mutharika, in May Malawi was recognised by CNN as “one of the best 15 destinations to be visited in the world”.

“Government remains committed to develop the tourism sector by providing enabling policy and legal frameworks. We have therefore developed the National Tourism Policy and the National Wildlife Policy. We are also inviting serious investors to invest in tourism,’ he adds at the Address.

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In addition to the new airport, he says that better infrastructure such as access roads will be provided to more tourism facilities.

“Nyika National Park is rated in the top ten of the most beautiful places in Africa. The road from Rumphi to Nthalire and Chitipa via the national park should make this park more accessible to the world,” he says.

He also urged Malawi’s Tourism Ministry to create more global networks that sell the country to the world, saying "There is demand for information on Malawi out there."