Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Malawi
Malawi re-opened its airspace to a limited number of weekly commercial flights on September 1.
Travelers who are eligible for entry must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued within 10 days before arrival, and are subject to medical screening and must self-quarantine for 14 days. Travelers will be required to remain at the airport or a testing center until their COVID-19 test results are known, usually within 24 hours.
A completed "Travel Surveillance Form" must be presented upon arrival.
Individuals testing positive for coronavirus on arrival may be taken for treatment at a government facility. All other individuals will be required to self-isolate at home or in a government facility for 14 days and will remain under surveillance by health workers.
There are currently 1,220 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in MW and 1,128 deaths as of Apr 12 2021
Please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Restrictions page for more information on restrictions worldwide.
An average nonstop flight from the United States to Malawi takes 32h 51m, covering a distance of 8885 miles. The most popular route is New York - Lilongwe with an average flight time of 29h 55m.
The cheapest ticket to Malawi from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $651 one-way, and $1,062 round-trip. The most popular route is New York John F Kennedy Intl to Lilongwe Intl and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $1,199.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "nothing I liked about this flight. Our flight was delayed by more than 6 hours. Even though airline had an opportunity to bump us in their sister airline- precision airline in earlier flight Nairobi, they refused to help us. Precision air had lot of seats empty."
Cons: "Kenyan airways do not care about customers and inconvenience they are facing. We were suppose to arrive Dar at 7:30 pm and instead now we will arrive at 1:30 am on 28th Jan 2020."
Pros: "Crew was attentive, punctual, and third meal on a 14 hour flight is right."
Cons: "Movies are badly dated, and a bit limited in choice. System was a bit difficult to navigate, and slow to respond."
Pros: "Boarding and comfort"
Cons: "Should be more food/drink selections Probably better to fly Jambo Jet as it has more on offer (even if I have to pay)"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing!!!"
Cons: "Keep to time and stop the delays."
Cons: "The issue was not the flight. It was the cancellation policy. I had a best friend suddenly die and I could not apply a credit to future travel on my 4000$ business class seat. It makes me not want to buy through kayak again."
Pros: "Nothing - we were stuck at the airport for over 10 hours due to a strike. Missed all connecting flights. They didn’t even offer accommodation or reimbursement on air tickets for our next destination."
Cons: "I really do not care. I am never flying with Kenya airways again."
Pros: "Really good aircraft ( Brazilian made Embrare )"
Cons: "Breakfast ! But it was “04:20 hrs ! So fair do’s !"
Pros: "Everything was Amazing. This is one of the best Airline out there and they need more recognition."
Cons: "More legroom, seats with more cushion and recline, better food!"
Cons: "All is well."
Cons: "Flight was delayed for 2 hours. I missed my connection flight to Lilongwe and had to spend a night in nairobi. What n incovinienve!"
Pros: "I liked when there was turbulent, the pilot told us that we should be calm as the plan was going to experience turbulent in a few moment"
Cons: "I felt like the queen cake had a lot of sugar, think of those who do not eat sugar"
Cons: "I’m really disappointed by Kenya airways, the flight was delayed for 4 hours, my luggage didn’t come along with. And the worst is i haven’t received it so far. I swear this is my last time to travel with Kenya airways, seriously I’m disappointed."
Cons: "You cancelled my trip without informing me and I need to be rembushed Me transportation to Logan airport and going back for six people and 16 bags please"
Cons: "The food, horrible, I would like to describe but not going to do it. Rather get something at the airport before boarding, no space on the plane enought, the seat distance has been squeeze, I guest to accomodate more sheeps ( not seats) on the plane."
Pros: "The crew was great, and greeted passengers with a smile."
Pros: "Crew was amazing"
Pros: "No delay."
Cons: "Did not arrive for it"
Pros: "Crew was amazing! Elvis smelled good!!!"
Cons: "Better food choice and little more attentive crew."
Cons: "Too many onboard announcements"
Cons: "The food could be improved and the movie collection could be updated"
Pros: "Crew efficient and eager to please. Generous with food and drink."
Cons: "Some seats had damaged entertainment equipment. One seat had a damaged USB charging port. We just used the one from the next seat. Another had a damaged remote control for the entertainment system. Still usable via touch though."
Cons: "It was really great flying with them"
Cons: "By far the most uncomfortable and crowded plane I’ve ever taken."
Pros: "I enjoyed the crew...they were friendly the whole time. The food was great."
Cons: "The delay was painful. Hope they work out overlays properly to avoid further delays."
Pros: "Friendly staff."
Cons: "No complaints."
Pros: "Fairly comfortable, good food. Good service, friendly boarding crew."
Cons: "My luggage was moved from the overhead compartment to another compartment much further from where I was seated. I was not informed of this and was not aware. I had to wait for all the passengers to leave while the cabin crew searched for the back. This was most unpleasant and stressful."
Cons: "Food, get Kenyan grown nots, cashews and macadamia nuts"
Pros: "Flight went on smoothly"
Cons: "Food needs improvement"
Pros: "Service was good and flight was smooth"
Cons: "My flights were changed a lot the week before my flight even though I had booked months ahead."
Pros: "Attentive, quick to serve food/ drinks, very professional and friendly."
Pros: "On time, good food, very polite and welcoming crew. Seats very comfortable."
Pros: "The best flight attendants who met my needs with prompt, positive, politeness. Again, my highest regards for Kenya Airways!"
Pros: "The crew is always great and friendly."
Cons: "The food was really bad. It was some kind of beef but it was uneatable."
Pros: "Only the pilot take off and landing was owesome.. the other services were very poor.. eg I hated it when all our largages were left behind"
Cons: "pilot take off and landing.."
Pros: "They wheelchaired my companion to the airport after delayed medical examination to make the flight."
Cons: "Kenya changed my flight to two hours later 18 hours before I was to leave. Making me have a 10 minute connection. Then after an hour in a airline office they promised to hold my connection. When my flight landed on time, they did not hold my connection. So they changed my flight and didn’t follow through on the fix. We would now miss wedding activities and business meetings. Then my partner got sick and they refused to taxi us to hotel for the night but take a bus that leaves every three hours. Her sickness got worse and there was a Kenyan airlines doctor who evaluated her at the airport after waiting 40 minutes laying at check in with her crying due to pain. We had a medical release from the doctor saying she needed extra space to lay down but the check in manager refused to make room for her saying the flight is full and she would not upgrade her to accommodate the medical release because we had an economy ticket. My partner looked so bad that the flight crew considered kicking us off but eventually made the space for her to lay down and were helpful on the flight. This is this disgraceful and the worst experience I’ve had with any company."
Cons: "The flight to Nairobi was so late that I missed my connection and have to wait about 10 hours for the next flight out."
Pros: "We were connecting on a delta flight. The agent offered to connect our bags all the way through. We checked with delta. The bags were there but if we didn't ask about them I'm not sure they would have made it."
Pros: "- Short flight - Clean flight"
Cons: "- Food minimal in size and quality - Little manners staff"
Cons: "Lack of drink options, no diet cola?! Poor entertainment options"
Cons: "We only had 30 minutes to catch this connecting flight due to our incredibly delayed PrecisionAir flight. We got to the service desk to get our boarding passes and there was only one person to service a multitude of people. Of course they knew that a flight was coming in, why there was only one personnel is still a mystery to me. The person who served us, Victor K., was probably the least helpful customer service personnel I've come across. He was very slow, considering that he knows there's a lot of us trying to get to our next flight. We ended up missing our connecting flight. And for some reason, the plane left earlier than the time it was supposed to leave. Another mystery to me. Shouldn't their system have told them that there were a few passengers on the previous flight that was supposed to board this connecting flight?! They did give us a free hotel for the night, or so they call a hotel. The food served was just horrendous. They just served whatever is enough to be considered "food". I will never fly with Kenya airways ever again. They are so unreliable, irresponsible, and have very little regard to customer service."
Pros: "The flight worked."
Cons: "Looking for my bags for a week."
Pros: "Friendly staff Good food"
Cons: "The movies were not working"
Cons: "I was originally scheduled on a Precision Airways flight but it did not fly, so put on Kenya Airways flight. Unfortunately my bag didn't make it so had to spend the night without it. It did come the next day, so I was able to climb Kilimanjaro. Don't know which company messed up."
Pros: "I liked the food and actual service on the flight"
Cons: "Notorious for flight delays! How can you cancel an entire flight the day before?! Horrible! The delays are very annoying! Kenya Airways you're fired! Kayak, you guys should remove their crappy service from your options!! I only found out about the delay from their online service. The actual people suck! And do not even try to get through on their customer service line!"
Pros: "Great service"
Cons: "Waiting an hour to take off"
Cons: "Keep improving for sustainability in market. Best"
Cons: "Everything was great"
Cons: "The fact that it hasn't left yet and it won't leave until 8pm."
Pros: "Finally sitting in my seat"
Cons: "3 hrs late sucks"
Pros: "They know their business"
Cons: "No free Internet. Costs too outrageous."
Pros: "I enjoyed an on time departure and early arrival."
Pros: "The service since I am handicap"
Cons: "Same as above"
Cons: "Tv was subpar"
Pros: "The directTV was great."
Pros: "Loved the Great Falls airport!! Who goes to an airport that has leather couches that you can lay down on and take a quick nap!! Beautiful airport!!"
Cons: "You are required to pay to watch the tv. It's free with Delta."
Pros: "Excellent all the way!"
Cons: "It took about 30 minutes to get luggage in Atlanta"
Pros: "easy transfer"
Cons: "had to transfer"
Cons: "Left about 15 minutes late."
Pros: "same as above"
Cons: "same as above"
Cons: "At least one check-in baggage should be free for the price."
Pros: "Overall service."
Cons: "Impolite Lady Gate Agent."
Cons: "Too cramped, fligjt delay of over an hour"
Cons: "lost our bag, crying babies, uncomfortable plane"
Pros: "Everything was on time"
Pros: "Overall fine"
Cons: "Why should I have to pay to watch tv? I know you don't have to pay on Southwest, Virgin America or Jet Blue. Not sure that a very (and I mean VERY SMALL) snack can be considered food"
Pros: "On time, gates were close together"
Cons: "The delay"
Pros: "Getting from point a to point b."
Cons: "Lack of good free snacks. Not getting free bag checked."
Cons: "Deverted to Newark to get to portland"
Cons: "Never made it so I can't rate it"
Pros: "Everything went smoothly"
Pros: "Large plane very comfortable"
Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "Second delay in a row"
Cons: "Delays both ways"
Pros: "Smoothly and on time"
Cons: "Fine until the unexpected stop but has to be done"
Pros: "Very respectful and loved all the smiling facez"
Pros: "Excellent choices, comparisons, easy to use, updates"
Pros: "Bigger planes"
Pros: "On time."
Cons: "Prices to watch Tv"
Pros: "All went as planned"
Pros: "American Airlines saved the day!"
Pros: "On time"
Pros: "Same as above."
Cons: "Same as above."
Pros: "I liked getting to my destination safe and back safe."
Cons: "I didn't like the pulling off or the landing or the rocking while flying."
Pros: "The food, air crew respectful and dedicated to duty"
Cons: "Everything was perfectly ok"
Pros: "Yes, the crew were nice and amazing"
Cons: "Serve warm food not cold"
Cons: "I changed my flight but they didn’t change it and now I’m stuck!!!"
Pros: "Friendly crew. Excellent check-in. Priority bags came off first."
Pros: "Crew were helpful"
Cons: "Food was very poor with very limited choices and no entertainment system on this flight"
Cons: "Customer service need more improvement they should know how to handle things . Just be courteous is. More than enough"
Pros: "crew good. seat base was not soft nor comfortable."
Cons: "have crew offer drinks more often throughout the flight. every passenger gets dehydrated and needs more drinks. I had to go to the back and get drinks myself."
Pros: "I appreciated the amount of movies offered as well as its variety. I also liked how often they brought drinks and snacks. The airline crew was very helpful to passengers."
Pros: "The airline was quick to give vouchers for food and hotel when flight was delayed by 5 hours. They were also efficient in rebooking missed connecting flight."
Cons: "On top of a five hour delay that got me to my arrival point 14 hours behind schedule, my two checked bags were also lost and have not been found up to two days later. The food was like being on a Delta flight, and the entertainment screens in my entire row would not work, nor did many others."
Pros: "Excellent seat"
Pros: "Crew is friendly."
Cons: "The plane is old, tatty and dirty. There is no entertainment. The airport transfer is very very shoddy."
Pros: "Crew was super nice. The woman at check-in gave us bulkhead seats so my friend and I could sit together. With this, we were able to board first to get plenty of space in the overhead bins. Food and flight entertainment were free and definitely better than average."
Pros: "Seats small uncomfortable"
Cons: "Bigger seats."
Pros: "Crew was very nice, very helpful"
Cons: "3 hour delay in flight from Chicago to Ethiopia due to ‘mechanical issues’ made me miss my connection. I was put up in a hotel, but woke up in the middle of the night to roaches all over the place. Not the best experience"
Pros: "on time"
Cons: "they woke me up in the middle of the night to give me food.."
Pros: "Excellent service and on time performance."
Cons: "Flight attendants where bothered to serve us beer, water or any other snack during he flight. I had to beg in both occasions to have my tray taken from my seat."
Pros: "I liked they’re fury free in flight shopping, very nice affordable pieces of jewelry and perfumes"
Cons: "They weighed my carryon! I haven’t seen any other airline do that before. I flew with them 3 times this year, 13 hour each flight and the entertainment was not the best. They didn’t have enough current movies or tv shows. The food was bland. Coffee cups were plastic and it burnt my finger."
Pros: "The crew were quite homely."
Cons: "The orderliness during boarding needs more work"
Cons: "see above"
Pros: "Excellent airline overall Great seats for sleeping"
Cons: "Business class seats are not well appointed Nowhere to put a bottle of water - storage handbag and shoes etc could not be reached without undoing the seatbelt and screen far away from the seat Voice commentary was muffled and therefore unable to be heard"
Pros: "Food and leg room were great"
Cons: "Entertainment was average"
Pros: "I like the Direct route"
Cons: "Long wait time at checkin Only certain employees accepted money for extra baggage fees Long time boarding Most staff were friendly An employee on board with short hair was not nice and her hair wasn’t professional Paid $160 for the extra bag, but it was lost It is still lost!"
Cons: "Always delaying, catastrophic food."
Pros: "The aircraft was clean and the food served was cool"
Cons: "The turbulent"
Cons: "comfort of the seats. the made the flight early to 0730 am and still serving lunch at 0830 in the morning. All was bad"
Cons: "Food was served to passengers from seat row 30 and beyond very late. About twenty minutes to landing In Addis so passengers were forced to gulp the food Hurrying which is not comfortable"
Pros: "The food served is awesome and sufficient. The flights are comfortable and the crew are friendly. My luggage came right on time and was properly handled"
Cons: "Well there was no entertainment in the flight. That is it"
Cons: "The headphones weren’t working and boarding at Addis was very poor. They should have more personal when checking before the Gates"
Pros: "I was not allowed on the flight because I did not receive a confirmation email from Ireland airport even though I was never told I needed this."
Cons: "Bad plane flight was cancelled. Horrible experience."
Pros: "After a bit of confusion in ADD airport, we reached the terminal where my connecting flight was leaving from. Terminal 1 of ADD airport should be avoided at all costs! Boarding and the flight crew did a admirable and top job and made the difference for me."
Cons: "Terminal 1 Disgusting. Rundown, embarrassing, chaos everywhere and no real sense of security. No police or security presence. You could just walk right into a gate! I was shocked to see this especially being from NYC. If you can avoid Terminal 1 do so. The seats were DISGUSTING! Dirty, warped fabric seating was dirty and caked on. Smelled and many seats were visually broken. I'm glad I brought with me some Clorox wipes to wipe my area down with. You get what you pay for but wow! I would not spend my money on this airline again."
Cons: "Food can be improved."
Pros: "Crew members were friendly, movie selection was good, food was nice as well"
Cons: "When checking in I asked if I'd need to collect my bags and recheck them for another flight. I was assured theyd make it all the way to my destination and I wouldn't need to re-check it. He was wrong and now I'm trying to find my lost bag."
Cons: "Airport in ADS was very basic. Was hard to find a descent toilet"
Pros: "Again, the cabin crew where all very nice."
Cons: "Seating space was very tight on this plane."
Pros: "Great prices, and helpful staff"
Cons: "The food was mediocre, almost poor."
Pros: "New plane."
Cons: "Addis airport is always a mess. Security check takes 30 mins+, gates are changed without announcements and there are no display mentioning flight or destination at the gate. For the flight, food not great and service slow."
Pros: "1) On time"
Cons: "1) Food from Lusaka to Lilongwe was poor. Just sandwithes and drinks 2) Small bumpy, noisy plane from Lusaka to Lilongwe 3) No entertainment"
Pros: "aircraft was nice and well kept, and crew friendly."
Cons: "too many announcements on PA (information could have been summarized and delivered in the beginning, so that those who prefer to sleep can)."
Pros: "Fabulous. On time departure, 15 min early arrival into Addis. Service was outstanding"
Cons: "About time they introduced WiFi on flights"
Pros: "It is ok the flight"
Cons: "No comment"
Cons: "My luggage was lost"
Cons: "I was suppose to stay on the flight in Hong Kong to continue to Ethiopia and they never made an announcement. I had a seat with a TV that did not work and it took over 30 mins for a flight attendant to respond."
Pros: "New 350 was a fantastic plane and the seats were excellent. Bags arrived within 15 minutes"
Cons: "nothing negative at all"
Pros: "It's very nice flying with them. I will again fly with them"
Pros: "We are so tired of showing up our passports many times in the ethiopian air lines. Overall we had a very good trip and the crews were so nice."
Airlines flying to Malawi have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Malawi
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Malawi
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Malawi
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Malawi
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights to Malawi