SA Airlink flies to more remote destinations than any other airline in South Africa. Airlink services low volume routes to and from smaller cities and town. Airlink is the sole carrier on the majority of the routes that it operates flights on. The airline offers very convenient flights to both business and leisure travellers who would have had to drive to places like Upington, Nelspruit, Sishen and Skukuza were it not for airline operating flights to and from these destinations.
The airline operates flights to over 30 destinations across Southern Africa. In addition to the routes listed above the airline also operates flights to Lusaka, Bulawayo, Beira, Ndola, Tete, Pemba, Upington, Kimberley, Sishen, Maputo, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, East London, Port Elizabeth, George, Maseru and Mthatha.
The airline operates as a franchisee of South African Airways. The airline has developed into South Africa’s first feeder network. It is specifically aimed at linking smaller towns, regional centres and hubs throughout South Africa. Airlink successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and were placed on the IATA Register on 6 February 2008. Their passenger profile represents 30% leisure and 70% business. Airlink carries over 80 000 passengers every month.
Airlink flies to smaller and more remote destinations than any other airline in South Africa. They therefore have a diverse fleet that can land on dirt and tar strips. The airline operates both Jet and turboprop aircraft. The airline operates a fleet of 43 aircraft:
12, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX with a maximum capacity of 12 passengers.
8, Jetstream 4100 Regional Jets with a maximum capacity of 29 passengers.
19, ERJ 135 – LR jets with a maximum capacity of 37 passengers.
12, British Aerospace AVRO RJ85 jets with a maximum capacity of 83 passenger. There aircraft have both business and economy class sections.
SA Airlink will once again start flying between Nosy Be in Madagascar and Johannesburg (OR Tambo) from the 20th of March 2016. The airline will only operate one return flight a week on this route. The flight will depart Johannesburg on Sundays at 09h30 and the return flight will land back in Johannesburg at 18h45.
Each passenger may carry hand baggage suitable for placement in the overhead rack or under their seat. The maximum dimensions for one piece carry on baggage are L52cm x H40cm x W23cm. The maximum weight is 8 kg.
Check in baggage
SAA Airlink allows passengers to check in 20 kg of baggage in Economy Class and 30 kg in Business Class. Passengers flying between Johannesburg and Lusaka, Ndola, Bulawayo and Harare are allowed 30kg in economy and 40kg in business class.
For domestic flights, travellers are required to attend 1 hour and 30 minutes before departure. For International/regional flights, travellers are required to attend 2 hours before departure.
SA Airlink operates flights with both business and economy class, and they operate flights with only economy class.
Airlink operates a all inclusive flight service. This means that all food and drink costs have been included in your airfare.
Pets are allowed to fly in the cargo hold. Passengers will need to contact the airline directly to make a booking for their pet.
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