Expert hails decision to re-open airports

An economic expert has expressed optimism that government’s decision to re-opening the country’s Airports will help in improving the country’s economy which has been hit hard as a result of COVID-19 lock down measures.

The government is contemplating on reopening the country’s airports to facilitate resumption of flights into Malawi.

Government announced closure of the airports in April this year in a bid to contain spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But on Thursday, the presidential task force on COVID-19 announced that it has resolved to re-open airports in the first week of September to allow resumption of airlines.

Chancellor College economic lecture, Professor Ben Kalua, said resumption of the airlines will help business operators to travel easily thereby increasing circulation of money and availability of different commodities in the country.

He said: “Most governments are moving towards the same direction of easing the lockdown measures including the re-opening of airports so our government’s decision is welcome in order to start addressing the current economic meltdown.”

The re-opening of the country’s airports comes at a time as most countries across the globe have already resumes their flights despite the pandemic.

Meanwhile, in Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea are slowly opening up for commercial flights, with South Africa and Somalia only set for domestic flights.

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