Emirates planes fail to land at Chileka due to lack of power

One of the passengers said the plane remained in the air for about 40 minutes while authorities tried to remedy the problem, but to no avail and had to fly back to Lilongwe.

Authorities have yet to comment on the matter.

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) said earlier that a system outage just before noon on Friday led to a loss of electricity supply in most parts of the country.

In a statement, Escom assured that efforts to restore supply began instantly and were still ongoing.

Meanwhile, Malawians will have to wait a little longer before they start enjoying direct flights between Lilongwe and Dubai.

In October last year, Chairman Lazarus Chakwera met with Emirates Airlines Vice President responsible for cargo operations in Africa, Khalid Hinai, and hinted at the possibility of a deal.

Emirates Airlines already operates a weekly cargo flight to Lilongwe-Malawi.

However, Malawi is unable to fully utilize the available space on the return flight as the country does not export much.

According to the Director of Civil Aviation at the Department of Civil Aviation, James Chakwera, there is no new information from the Emirates team on their intention to start, or rather add more services to the Malawi.

He revealed that Malawi already has an air services agreement with the UAE, so any air operator from the Middle Eastern country can launch flights to Malawi under the same and Malawi carriers can also operate. to the United Arab Emirates, both for passengers and cargo.

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