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Airlink, also known as SA Airlink, is a regional and privately owned airline that operates as a franchisee of South African Airways.

 

Airlink operates to 28 destinations in the SADC sub-region with 3,500 flights per month.

Airlink flies to many destinations including Kasane, Maun, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Johannesburg, Kimberely, Nelspruit, Phalaborwa, Pretoria, Skukuza, Sishen, Upington and Maseuri, Antanararivo, Beira, Maputo and Pemba.

 

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 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.

 


 

Codeshare agreements

 

Air Canada; Air China; Air Mauritius: Air New Zealand: airseychelles; All Nippon Airwys; Asiana Airlines; Avianca; Egyptair; Emirates; Ethopian Airlines; jetBlue; LAM; Lufthansa; mango; Scandanavian (SAS); Singapore Airlines; Swiss Airlines; TAP Portugal; Virgin atlantic; RwandAir; TAM; Virgin australia

 


 

Baggage

 

Airlink allows passengers 1 piece of cabin baggage of up to 8kg maximum weight for economy class and 2 pieces for business class passengers.

The general allowance for checked baggage is 20kg in Economy class and 30kg for Business Class passengers per adult passenger.

 


 


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.

 


 

 

News

 

7th March 2017

 

From 2nd July 2017, Airlink will operate direct flight services between Cape Town and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, on a daily basis excluding Saturdays.

The flight departs from Cape Town International at 08:30, arriving at Victoria Falls International at 11:15. The early arrival in Victoria Falls allows travellers the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon activity, or the ability to travel comfortably onwards to destinations such as Hwange National Park. The return flight departs Victoria Falls International at 11:45 arriving at Cape Town International at 14:40, again allowing travellers to avoid peak traffic on arrival in Cape Town and to check-in to their accommodation with ample opportunity to enjoy the rest of their afternoon at leisure.

Airlink’s direct services ensure that travellers are able to maximize their time at the destination with minimum time spent in airport transfers. The inclusion of Victoria Falls in Airlink’s network has added yet another world renowned destination to Airlink’s extensive eco-leisure network.

 

3rd March 2017

 

From 2nd July 2017, an additional route will be added between Cape Town and Nelspruit, on a daily basis excluding Saturdays.

The additional flight has been added in response to market demand and will provide travellers with increased flexibility when planning their itineraries. The route will be operated by a 37-seat Embraer ERJ135 regional jet.

The flight will depart from Cape Town International at 15:00 and arrive in Nelspruit KMIA at 17:15 and depart from Nelspruit KMIA at 17:35 and arrive at Cape Town International at 20:00. The flight schedule provides business and leisure travellers as well as international inbound tourists visiting the Cape and the Lowveld/ Kruger Park area with a choice of 2 daily flights.

Airlink now operates up to 13 flights a day to this region, providing access from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town with direct regional flights departing to Livingstone and Vilanculos.

 

 

Airlink has confirmed it will be extending its Lowveld ‘Lodge Link’ safari lodge network in partnership with andBeyond. The airline says its extensive network will provide daily connections between a number of andBeyond properties in Timbavati, Sabi Sand and Phinda Private Game Reserve. The Lodge Network will also provide direct connections with Airlink’s regional services from Nelspruit KMIA to Mozambique and Livingstone in Zambia, which provides access to andBeyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Seamless connections can be made from Cape Town and Johannesburg on Airlink to Nelspruit KMIA or Skukuza Airport with a short apron transfer connecting guests onwards to Airlink’s Lodge Link service direct to their safari destination, minimizing lengthy road transfers.

 

 

 

 

Route Map 

 

 

Popular Routes

 

Johannesburg    Durban

 

George    Johannesburg

 

Johannesburg   Maun

 

Johannesburg    Kasane

 

Johannesburg    Beira

 

Maputo    Johannesburg

 
 


The Fleet

 

Avro RJ85

 

 BAe Jetstream 41

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embraer ERJ 135

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embraer ERJ 145

 

 

 

 

 

O.R. Tambo International Airport

HUB Airport

 

O.R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa and is the hub airport for South African Airways. The airport has two runaways and can handle nearly 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport include Air Botswana, Air China, Air France, Air Seycelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. 

 

Star Alliance

 

 

 

Star Alliance is the leading global airline network, which has 27 member airlines. Star Alliance was founded in 1997 with the five founding airlines: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to 1,321 airports and 193 countries, carrying 637 million passengers every year! 

 

 


 

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Airlink Airlink (formerly SA Airlink) is the regional airline of Southern Africa specialising in connecting smaller towns to larger cities and is based in Johannesburg. ________________________________________ Airlink Flights of South Africa Airlink (of South Africa) and Swaziland Airlink operate regional scheduled services from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Domestically flights operate to Upington, Port Elizabeth, George, East London, Kimberly, Bloemfontein, Umtata, Margate Pietermaritzburg, Mafikeng, Maputo, Nelspruit, Mala Mala, Phalaborwa, and Pietersburg. International destinations include Maseru (Lesotho), Manzini (Swaziland), Anatanarivo and Nosy Be (Madagascar), Pemba and Beira (Mozambique), Harare and Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) plus Lusaka in Zambia. Airlink Flights within regional Southern Africa Not to be confused with other airlines of the same name (e.g. Airlink of Papua New Guinea). Airlink is a thriving regional carrier operating throughout Southern Africa. Still closely linked with the mighty SAA (including using their reservations system), Airlink is expanding its international services. As well as operating more flights and more destinations to Zimbabwe. Airlink operates a fleet of 16 Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft with 29 seats, and 5 Embraer 135 jet aircraft with 37 seats.

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