Lilongwe Airport
Lumbadzi, Lilongwe, Malawi

A brief history of ADL

Airport Developments Limited (ADL), wholly owned by the Malawi Government operates as a commercial parastatal under the 1977 Companies Act. The company is mandated to manage and develop aerodromes infrastructure; manage estates and land property; conduct aviation research, development and innovations; provide financial management services to sustain operations of the institution; and undertake general business trading to promote and enhance aviation-related economic activities.


  • To purchase, acquire, provide, construct, use, take on lease, develop, establish and maintain an aerodrome at Lilongwe and elsewhere in Malawi
  • To purchase or otherwise acquire houses, offices, workshops, buildings and premises and any fixed or movable machinery.
  • To Purchase, take on lease or in exchange, rent or otherwise acquire or obtain options in respect of or over other interests in lands, concessions, estates, including housing estates, blocks of flats and offices and agricultural grounds.
  • To develop and turn to account and lay out the lands of the company in town, suburban or other lots for building purposes.
  • Carry out preventive and corrective maintenance on all the building infrastructure and property at the airport continuously.
  • Carry out periodic, planned comprehensive facilities and equipment improvements and replacement i.e. passenger (CUTE) and cargo.


To facilitate the smooth, safe and secure movement of air travellers and cargo through the provision of world-class infrastructure, services and effective management of airports in an environmentally and sustainable manner for socio-economic development


ADL strives to have the best managed, safe, secure and attractive airports in the SADC Region and beyond.


In achieving its vision and fulfilling its mission, ADL is guided by the following core values which set the behaviour standards for its employees on which the company is measured by its stakeholders.


ADL observes professionalism in developing and delivering essential services to its clients and stakeholders in keeping with ethical standards.


ADL is committed to maintaining an environment of trust built upon honesty, ethical behaviour and respect. ADL employees are rewarded for demonstrating integrity.


ADL is committed, individually and collectively as a team to safeguard and protect the safety and health of the travelling public and its members of staff.

Team Work

The approach to teamwork is based on the philosophy that each team member brings to the organization unique experience and expertise to ADL’s operations.


ADL always endeavours to see the achievement of results for all its planned programs to realize its desired results

Customer Focused

ADL puts the needs of its customers and clients as a priority and endeavours to provide its services to exceed their expectations.


ADL is committed to being responsive to the changing needs of its clients in the aviation subsector.

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