Barely three months after launching its Lilongwe-Mzuzu – Likoma Island route, Ulendo Airlink has announced that it is extending its services to Blantyre.
A press statement says, starting from September 23 2019, Ulendo Airlink is set to introduce flights between Lilongwe and Blantyre.
Ulendo Airlink Chief Executive Officer, Rob McConaghy, says the addition of Blantyre to Ulendo’s domestic network was designed to offer comprehensive air services to all key destinations in the country.
“Subsequent to the successful launch of our Mzuzu and Likoma Island services, we have responded to requests from our customers to offer onward connections to Blantyre. Our new schedules are designed to complement existing air services on this important route and offer passengers more flexibility and additional capacity between Malawi’s largest hubs,” McConaghy says.
He says Ulendo Airlink’s focus is to address the evolving travel needs in Malawi.
McConaghy says future scheduled services include four flights per week from Lilongwe to Southern lakeshore areas and Liwonde National Park which would launch in April 2020.
He also said the new Blantyre route would be serviced by the same W4 15-seater Dornier 228.
McConaghy says initially, the Lilongwe- Blantyre route would operate 14 return frequencies per week, with early morning flights every Monday to Friday, mid-morning flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, lunch hour schedules on Tuesdays and Thursdays and evening flights on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
He says that the schedules would be adjusted slightly on completion of the runway reconstruction at Chileka Airport to facilitate later flights on weekdays.
“Reservations and ticketing are available for sale worldwide through travel agents with access to Iata’s BSP ticketing services and would be sold under the W4 Iata airline designator code with ticketing services provided by Hahn Air,” McConaghy says.
Ulendo Airlink is a subsidiary of Ulendo Malawi Group, a tour operator and travel service provider which started operating in 1998 primarily as an inbound tour operator.
Having attained its Air Operators Certificate in 2016, Ulendo Malawi Group is the second operator in the country, after Malawi Airlines, which is certified to operate schedule passenger flight services in the country.