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Kenya Airways resumes Malawi ticketing system

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By Patience Lunda 

Kenya Airways has resumed ticketing for all travel agents in Malawi a week after it announced its suspension.

The suspension was due to foreign currency shortfalls in Malawi, a situation which also prompted the Ethiopian airlines to stop the services in the country.

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Kenya Airways Country Manager, Pauline Kariuki confirmed the development saying the resumption follows a series of talks with commercial banks in the country.

“We had discussions with the local banks since they are our stakeholders and so we have come up with a plan on how we will be operating but the ticketing system has resumed in the country,” she said.

Reacting to the development, Vice President of Travel Agents Association of Malawi, Sam Namathanga said the association’s understanding is that the resumption is temporally imploring the government to come up with long time solutions.

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“This is good news but not to the fullest because we need government to intervene on currency shortage so that the airlines can be operating fully in the country because the failure to do that is affecting us as travel agents,” he said.

During the suspension, tickets could only be obtained from other countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe through e-ticketing.

Government hopes the foreign exchange reserve would start to increase once the International Monetary Fund resumes providing Malawi with what is called the Extended Credit Facility.

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