Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) and the Department of Civil Aviation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve efficiency as the aviation industry considers resuming flights.
The two entered into an official working relationship during a ceremony at Sunbird Capital in Lilongwe on Thursday.
Following a government directive to control the spread of Covid-19, the Aviation Department suspended flights on April 1 2020 which affected the aviation industry.
But speaking in an interview after signing the MoU, Civil Aviation representative James Chakwera said plans are underway to resume flights like other countries have done.
He said: “We suspended flights due to Covid-19 but the way things look, Covid-19 has come to stay so we have designed strategies that will help to control Covid-19 spreading while flights are operating,” he said.
Chakwera said more details about the flight resumption programme will be released when the department has finalised all preparations.
On his part, Macra director general Henry Shamu said his institution, as the sole controller of the frequency spectrum, will ensure that the aviation radio system is of high quality at all times.
“You know that flights depend on communication to take off and land so if the communication system is not good, then the lives of the passengers are in danger,” he said.
Shamu said under the MoU, the two entities will share resources and plan together or support one another where resources or technical support is required.