The government of Malawi has ordered that official travel be on Air Malawi when the national airline flies the route. The argument in favor:
- “It is a good thing, but it all depends on the government budget in terms of how often the said public officials will be allowed to travel,” said Perekamoyo.
He described the move as a “small bonus” to the airline, saying travel by public officials just contributes about a third to the airlines total revenue.
The argument against:
- One senior government official at the Ministry of Finance who did not want to be named said that directive was not in line with the doctrine of liberalisation, saying Air Malawi must not be protected, but should be left alone to compete.
But an official at Air Malawi did not want to be named said there will be resistance from some public officials because they have been taking advantage of the frequent flyer programme on other airlines that ply on long routes.
Count me with the ‘againsts’.