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Airlink, also known as SA Airlink, or Airlink Airlines, is a regional and privately owned airline that was founded in 1992 and operates as a franchisee of South African Airways.

SA Airlink has a codesharing agreement with South African Airways and South African Express. Airlink also has a partnership with Swaziland Airlink and provides direct and convenient daily return scheduled flights from Manzini to Johannesburg.

Airlink's origins are rooted in three small airlines: Magnum Airlines, Border Air and City Air, which merged to form Link Airways in the 1980s. Link Airways was liquidated in 1992. In 1997 SA Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express in a powerful strategic alliance.

Today, Airlink is the largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking passengers to more than 30 destinations in Southern Africa. From 2012, Airlink obtained its fourth consecutive IATA Operational Safety Certificate. On May 2017, Airlink was the first airline ever to make a commercial charter flight to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.


As of August 2020, Airlink flies to 36 destinations in the South African Development Community sub-region. Airlink flies from and to its Hub airport, O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB) including many other destinations such as Kasane, Maun, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Nelspruit, Phalaborwa, Pretoria, Skukuza, Sishen, Upington and Maseuri, Antananarivo, Beira, Maputo and Pemba. If you're looking to fly within Australia, our guide to domestic flights within South Africa offers lots of helpful information. With Airlink, you can fly to many popular safari parks, find out about other airlines that operate safari flights.

Kasane Airport (BBK) Botswana, Kasane
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) Botswana, Gaborone
Maun Airport (MUB) Botswana, Maun
Moshoeshoe I International Airport (MSU) Lesotho, Maseru
Ivato International Airport (TNR) Madagascar, Antananarivo
Fascene Airport (NOS) Madagascar, Nosy Be
Beira Airport (BEW) Mozambique, Beira
Maputo International Airport (MPM) Mozambique, Maputo
Pemba Airport (POL) Mozambique, Pemba
Nampula Airport (APL) Mozambique, Nampula
Chingozi Airport (TET) Mozambique, Tete
Vilankulo Airport (VNX) Mozambique, Vilanculos
Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) Namibia, Windhoek
Walvis Bay Airport (WVB) Namibia, Walvis Bay
Wideawake Airfield (ASI) Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Georgetown Ascension Island
Saint Helena Airport (HLE) Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Longwood, Saint Helena
Bloemfontein Airport (BFN) South Africa, Bloemfontein
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) (Focus City) South Africa, Cape Town
King Shaka International Airport (DUR) (Focus City) South Africa, Durban
East London Airport (ELS) South Africa, East London
George Airport (GRJ) South Africa, George
O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) (HUB) South Africa, Johannesburg
Kimberley Airport (KIM) South Africa, Kimberley
Mthatha Aiport (UTT) South Africa, Mthatha
Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) South Africa, Nelspruit
Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) South Africa, Pietermaritzburg
Hendrik Van Eck Airport (PHW) South Africa, Phalaborwa
Polokwane International Airport (PTG) South Africa, Polokwane
Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) South Africa, Port Elizabeth
Wonderboom Airport (PRY) South Africa, Pretoria
Skukuza Airport South Africa, Skukuza
Sishen Airport (SIS) South Africa, Sishen
Upington Airport (UTN) South Africa, Upington
King Mswati III International Airport (SHO) Swaziland, Manzini
Entebbe International Airport (EBB) Uganda, Entebbe
Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) Zambia, Livingstone
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) Zambia, Lusaka
Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport (NLA) Zambia, Ndola
Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) Zimbabwe, Bulawayo
Harare International Airport (HRE) Zimbabwe, Harare
Victoria Falls Airport (FVA) Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls


Carry-on Baggage

Items transported as hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 34cm x 23cm in size, and no larger than 8kg in weight.

Business Class passengers are permitted 2 pieces of hand luggage.

Economy Class passengers are permitted 1 piece of hand luggage.

Checked Baggage

Generally, the following luggage allowances apply unless otherwise stated:

Passengers travelling in Economy Class are permitted 20kg of checked luggage.

Passengers travelling in Business Class are permitted 30kg of checked luggage.

The size of checked luggage must fit within 90cm x 72cm x 45cm.

Economy Class

Economy Class is the more basic cabin class out of the two that the airline offers.

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers are given the option to order from the airline's in-flight menu. The food options range from light refreshments to hot meals, depending on the route flown. The drinks menu features both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Economy Class Seats

Economy class seats are usually laid out in a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 formation in a spacious cabin. This allows for more room between each seat.

Business Class

Business Class is perfect for passengers who are looking for a more comfortable and personalised service.

Business Class Facilities

Business Class passengers are given a welcome drink once on board, a hand towel, as well as a freshly prepared meal with great choice, served on a plate with silverware to use as cutlery.

Business Class passengers are also given access to the South African Airways Business Class lounge if flying from O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB).

What are Business Class Seats Like?

Business Class seats are set out in either a 1 x 2, 2 x 2 or 2 x 3 formation. Each seat has a drinks holder and is designed to give generous space with extra width and pitch.

Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Airlink offers passengers online check-in. Check-in opens 24 hours before your departure time and you can check-in online.

Airport Check-In

If passengers do not check-in online, they must visit the Airlink airport check-in desk at the airport.

For domestic flights, airport check-in will open 1.5 hours before scheduled departure, closing 30 minutes before departure.

For international or regional flights, airport check-in will open 2 hours before scheduled departure, closing 50 minutes before departure.

Frequent Flyer Program

Airlink offers a frequent flyer program called Voyager to reward regular travellers with the airline.

Voyager is South African's Loyalty program to thank frequent flyers for choosing our airline, by giving them reward Miles for every time they travel with us.

These Miles can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades and other benefits.

WiFi Connectivity

The airline currently doesn't have any WiFi Connectivity onboard.

Inflight Entertainment

The airline doesn't have any in-flight screen entertainment onboard, however, there is you can stay entertained with Airlink's magazine called the 'Skyways' which offers travel tips, health tips, fun articles to read.

Frequent Flyer Program

Voyager is South African Airways' Loyalty programme. This program rewards passengers Miles for every time they travel with Airlink. These Miles can be redeemed for free flights, upgrades and other benefits.

Voyager offers five tiers - Blue, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Lifetime Platinum. Each of these tiers provides members with exclusive benefits.

You will receive miles if you frequently fly with any of the following airlines' South African Airways, South African Express Airways. You can get access to more luxury and comfort from the five tiers including Bonus Miles, access to private airport lounges, extra baggage allowance and even a cab service for Platinum and Lifetime Platinum members.

Airline Alliance

By having close connections with South African Airlines, its Star Alliance Partner airlines and other international carriers, Airlink can offer its passengers continuous flights to destinations around the world and offer the opportunity to earn voyager miles.

Airlink Codeshares

Air Canada, Air China, Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand, Air Seychelles, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Mango, Scandinavian (SAS), Singapore Airlines, Swiss Airlines, TAP Portugal, RwandAir, LATAM, Virgin Australia and United Airlines.

Special Services

Airlink offer services for unaccompanied children to travel, incapacitated persons, pregnant women, infants and persons with illness or other people requiring special assistance all need to make arrangements with the Airline. Special assistance passengers may not be permitted to be seated near an emergency exit.


As of August 2020, Airlink fleet consists of 53 aircraft with 6 on order:

  • 7 BAe Jetstream 41
  • 4 Cessna Grand Caravan EX
  • 17 Embraer ERJ-135
  • 11 Embraer ERJ-140
  • 3 Embraer 140
  • 11 Embraer 190IGW with 6 on more on order.

Hub Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa and is the hub airport for South African Airways.

The airport has two runways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) include Air Botswana, Kulula, Mango Airlines, Air China, Air France, Air Seychelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Singapore Airlines and Saudia.

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