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About Airlink

Airlink, also known as SA Airlink, or Airlink Airlines, 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. With Airlink you can fly to many popular safari parks, find out about other airlines that operate safari flights

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.



Airlink Codeshares

  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Seychelles
  • All Nippon Airways
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Egyptair
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • jetBlue
  • Lufthansa
  • Mango
  • Scandinavian (SAS)
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swiss Airlines
  • TAP Portugal
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • RwandAir
  • TAM
  • Virgin Australia



Airlink Baggage

Carry-on Baggage


Items transported as hand luggage must not exceed 56 x 34 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 90 x 72 x 45 cm.



Airlink Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Airlink offer passengers online check-in. The link to this can be found here.


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.


Economy Class

Economy Class is Airlink's only cabin class. The cabin is small but spacious.

Economy Class Seats

Seats are set out in a 1 x 1 formation. The cabin has less than 10 seats (usually eight per aircraft), seats are fully reclinable and are spaced out in a manner that gives passengers plenty of legroom and surrounding space.



Alternative Airlines to Airlink

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Airlink 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.


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.

The airline doesn't have an in-flight entertainment system.

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 onboard, a hand towel, as well as a freshly prepared meal,  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. 

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.




Route Map 

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Popular Routes


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George  dark grey plane icon  Johannesburg


Johannesburg dark grey plane icon  Maun


Johannesburg  dark grey plane icon  Kasane


Johannesburg  dark grey plane icon  Beira


Maputo  dark grey plane icon  Johannesburg

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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, Kulula, Mango Airlines, Air China, Air France, Air Seycelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, South African Airways, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. 


O. R. Tambo International Airport south africa


Star Alliance

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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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