Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lilongwe Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
This airport closes in the evening and then only re-opens around individual flights because the airport is so small. – a traveller
LLW Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Lilongwe Airport.
What to Expect
Lilongwe Airport (code: LLW) has a small, older terminal that offers several regional routes. Facilities are limited to a few eateries and shops, but we don’t have further details. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but this airport seems to close nightly. Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Lilongwe Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels near the airport:
- Crossroads Hotel – (25 minutes from the airport) Roundtrip airport shuttle is available on request ($). » Check Rates
- Latitude 13 Hotel – (30 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers can be arranged with a 3rd party supplier upon request for $35.00 USD each way. » Check Rates
- Madidi Lodge – (30 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Lilongwe Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
- Ndege Business Class Lounge – Location: Main Terminal, Airside, Level 1. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door.
Related Pages: Lilongwe Airport Lounges
A reader tells us that free WiFi is available at Lilongwe Airport. (November 2021)
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Unknown
Banking Services – A bank is available. Additional details are unknown.
Currency Exchange – Yes
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a magazine shop and gift shop.
Food & Drink – The airport offers food and beverage concessions but location (landside or airside) and the hours are not known.
Information Desk – Information not available however there is a tourist information desk that may be of assistance.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Medical Services – There is a First Aid station; however, hours and location are not known.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Pharmacy – Yes
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. We recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.
As of 2018, Lilongwe airport is served by the following airlines: Ethiopian Airlines • Kenya Airways • Malawian Airlines • Proflight Zambia • South African Airways • Ulendo Airlink.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. A one-way trip between the airport and Old Town takes about 30 – 40 minutes.
Last updated: 2021-11-30
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.