By Sam Banda Jnr:
Ulendo Airlink, a subsidiary of Ulendo Malawi Group, will launch its long awaited Lilongwe-Mzuzu-Likoma Island flight on Friday, operating under the Iata W4 designator code.
The development comes barely three months after Ulendo Airlink announced the inception of the new route.
Ulendo Managing Director, Rob McConaghy, said processes such as certification of the new aircraft type, safety measures and regulatory approvals delayed the launch of flight services.
McConaghy said everything was now in black and white and that the new Dornier 228 had been cleared for commercial travel.
He further said the 15-seater Dornier 228, which is the latest addition to the Ulendo Airlink fleet, successfully completed its maiden excursion on the new route on July 5 2019 with various officials and passengers on board.
“During the initial test phase, the Dornier also visited other destinations in Malawi, demonstrating the aircraft’s versatility and robust short runway performance capabilities which are ideally suited to Malawi operations”, McConaghy said.
He added that the company would run an introductory offer this month and that customers who buy a ticket would get a 25 percent discount on their next ticket.
He said the offer was valid until December 31 2019.
Ulendo also indicated that they were in partnership with main sports clubs in the country and had extended a 10 percent discount to all club members who have a valid club membership.
McConaghy said the new flight would operate six frequencies per week with a morning flight on Monday, an evening flight on Sunday and same day return flights on Wednesday and Friday.
He also said the maximum flight duration is 50 minutes (Lilongwe-Mzuzu), and offers the possibility of onward charters to areas such as Nyika National Park and Karonga, as well as connecting road transfers with Ulendo to Northern Lakeshore areas such as Nkhata Bay, Chintheche and Kande Beach.
“Tickets are being sold through different Travel agent offices across the country, Ulendo offices and through the website www.flyulendo.com. For Malawi citizens who hold a national ID card or passport, rates are starting from as low as K55,000 (one-way) between Mzuzu and Lilongwe while a one way flight from Mzuzu to Likoma Island is starting from K35,000. Furthermore, discounted fares are available for passengers under 16 years of age travelling with an adult,” McConaghy said.
Ulendo Malawi Group started operating in 1998 primarily as an in-bound tour operator.