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Kamuzu International Airport woes continue

Problems continue dodging Kamuzu International Airport (Kia), with the facility still struggling in terms of maintaining some standards.

With breaking down of fire engines still one of the problems Kia is facing, the airport has been hit by another problem: lack of buses to ferry passengers to and from the planes landing at the airport.

The situation has forced the airport to start using some buses.

On a recent visit to the airport, The Daily Times crew, saw a group of passengers in a Marcopolo bus taking them to the ‘arrivals’ section.

Sources say, all along, there have been two buses designated for that purpose, until recently when one of them caught fire. The remaining bus also recently broke down forcing authorities at the airport to start using the said ordinary passenger buses.

But Department of Civil Aviation Deputy Director, James Chakwera, has said new buses will be bought soon.

“At the moment, we are using two buses which are not adapted for that purpose. But I may want to inform you that government, through one of the companies at Kamuzu International Airport, which is Lilongwe Handling Company, is also in the process of procuring new buses,” Chakwera said.

On the problem of fire engines, Chakwera also said government is doing all it can to improve the situation in the country’s airports.

“Indeed, we are facing a number of challenges regarding passenger facilitation. As you have rightly said, we are having challenges with fire control services. Probably because all the fire engines we are using are now very old. They are prone to breakdowns. We are paying a lot of money for maintenance costs.

“That really presents a challenge. But as government, as Ministry of Transport and Public Works, we are trying to offer optimum service, within the constraints of the resources we have,” he said.

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