- Another regional airliner could soon fold and be a forgotten dust gathering document in some old government shelves. Air Malawi, one of the few remaining national airliners in the region faces liquidation, according to reports from the country.
The country's Daily Times reported yesterday that the liquidation of Malawi’s sole airliner, only awaited approval from cabinet.
According to reports, the national airliner has also failed to make it for privatisation with the invited private operator, ComAir, which operates under British Airways, opting to rather starting its own nationally registered service, that could still carry the Malawi name.
The decision on the liquidation of Air Malawi could however be delayed as the country is busy preparing for elections on 19 May, which seem to have preoccupied almost everybody in Malawi. Current president Bingu wa Mutharika is seeking a second term in Malawi's top seat against a fierce opposition that has found a reason to form a pact against him.
Air Malawi's possible folding follows closely on neighbours Zambia Airways which stopped operations in January this years following months of speculations and finger pointing of rife corruption and insolvency in the company.
Other regional members such as Lesotho and Swaziland are already surviving on small airline services with the private SAA AirLink having taken over from failed privatisation programmes, especially in Lesotho.
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