Likoma Airport (IATA: LIX, ICAO: FWLK) is an airport on Likoma Island, Republic of Malawi. The island lies in Lake Malawi a few miles off the shore of Mozambique.
Another milestone for the islanders the recent handover of the Likoma aerodrome to Airport development limited ADL and turning it into an international airport is a timely and welcome initiative.
Currently Likoma airport is the third busiet airport in Malawi after kamuzu and Chileka international airports in Lilongwe and Blantyre respectively. Its main traffic are private charter planes flying tourist visiting the island. Although the international airport status will come at a cost and also now being under the management of ADL will now mean everyone departing from the airport will be entitled to pay departure fee/airport tax which was not the case before.
Now under the management of Airports Development Limited they are a new facilities and upgrades that will need to done. Among the upgrades and new developments that are expected
- Fencing the whole airport land.
- Lighting for night flights (currently only day flights can taxi at the airport)
- Expansion of the terminal building.
- Fuel storage facilities ( currently they are no fuel storage facilities aeroplanes come with they own extra fuel in jerrycans).
- Expansion of the current run (1250m) way or construct a new one (2500m) to accommodate larger planes.
- Firefighting services that is high volume hydrates or firefighter vans and high volume water storage facilities.
- Aircraft hanger and car park.
- VIP terminal and airport villas.