Chileka International Airport

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Chileka International Airport
2010-10-23 13-43-17 Malawi - Chileka.jpg
A Zambian Challenger 600 aircraft at the airport
Airport type Public
Owner Government
Operator Government
Serves Blantyre, Malawi
Location Nymabala, Chileka
Elevation AMSL 2,555 ft / 779 m
Coordinates 15°40′44″S 034°58′26″E / 15.67889°S 34.97389°E / -15.67889; 34.97389Coordinates: 15°40′44″S 034°58′26″E / 15.67889°S 34.97389°E / -15.67889; 34.97389
BLZ is located in Malawi
Location within Malawi
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,325 7,628 Asphalt
15/33 1,372 4,501 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Chileka International Airport (IATA: BLZICAO: FWCL) is an airport located nine miles (16 km) from Blantyre, the second largest city in the Republic of Malawi and the commercial Capital of Malawi's Southern Region.


The airport resides at an elevation of 2,555 feet (779 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 measures 2,325 by 30 metres (7,628 ft × 98 ft) and 15/33 measures 1,372 m × 30 m (4,501 ft × 98 ft).[1] The airport underwent some major improvements to the terminals, extension of the runways have been suspended due to lack of space & funds.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta
Malawian Airlines Beira, Harare, Johannesburg-OR Tambo, Lilongwe, Lusaka, Maputo, Nampula,[3] Tete [4]
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo


  1. ^ a b Airport information for FWCL from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for BLZ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Malawian Airlines begin serive to Nampula
  4. ^ Malawi Airlines begin operations from January 2014.

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