Kenya Airways has announced that it has resumed selling of tickets in Malawi kwacha following following improved availability of foreign currency on the local market.
The airline suspended sales of tickets in the country three months ago amidst foreign exchange shortages during Mutharika’s reign which made it impossible for it to remit proceeds to its headquarters in Nairobi.
Kenya Airways Country Manager Ruth Maweu says the development will give Malawians and the travelling public convenient access to air tickets since they will be able to buy tickets at their preferred travel agent and Kenya Airways offices using local currency.
“The airline is grateful to the government of Malawi and the Reserve Bank of Malawi in particular for their tireless efforts in resolving the forex problem which affected the airlines operation in Malawi,” said Maweu.
She said Kenya Airways is currently flying to Malawi daily and is set to increase the flights to ten a week, starting July 1, 2012.
Maweu said the airline is committed to providing its customer with the best service, and to ensure that customers can buy tickets easily and fly comfortably.
Kenya Airways suspended sales in Malawi on in March this year due to blocked funds.
“Despite effort to move the funds to its head quarters in Nairobi, it proved, impossible for a period of two years, hence Kenya Airways board of directors took a painful decision to suspend sales in the country to alleviate further accumulation,” said Maweu.
She said, however, that Malawi remain critical to Kenya Airways’ expansion strategy and that the lifting of the suspension of sales in the country comes at the time when the airline is expanding its network.
“Our target is to link all African countries with the rest of the world, making it the airline of choice for travellers in the continent,” said Maweu.