Malawi signed a bilateral air services agreement with Zimbabwe on Friday at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe where the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Heads of State and Government Summit was taking place.
Signing the agreement, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Mohammed Sidik Mia said finally they are able to concretise what they agreed way back.
“It is also pleasing to note that the absence of the signing agreements has not been an impediment to our operators although, very sadly, we do not have any direct services between our respective States at the moment as a result of other problems that our airlines have faced,” explained Mia.
He said the signing of the agreement re-affirms the commitment that the countries have to facilitate the operations of air services between the two countries and even beyond.
Mia added that air transport remains the main catalyst for regional integration and globalisation by facilitating speedy movement of people and goods.
He also explained that the new airline is going to partner with Ethiopian Airlines as an equity partner and will operate on all traditional regional and domestic routes and a few more beyond.
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Simbalashe Mumbengegwi said he is assured that all has been set for air Zimbabwe to start flying to Malawi.
“The problems which air Zimbabwe was facing before have been resolved. It has been restructured and reorganise and it’s now a new brand,” said Mumbengegwi.