Airlink flies between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, Mozambique
Airlink is delighted to confirm that it will commence operating a direct scheduled air service between Johannesburg and Vilanculos (Mozambique) from Friday 22 March 2013.
Starting initially with 3 flights per week (M, W, F) the schedule will be increased to 5 flights per week (M, T, W, F and Sun) from July 2013. The addition of this route brings Airlink’s route network to a total of 32 destinations serviced, of which 16 are over-border destinations. Airlink operates up to 3,000 flights per month and carries just over 1 million passengers through its network annually.
The opportunity to operate on the Johannesburg - Vilanculos route is extremely gratifying for Airlink and we thank the authorities of South Africa and Mozambique who have awarded and accepted Airlink’s designation on this route.
As a franchisee of South African Airways, Airlink is able to offer the Vilanculos flights, as with all other Airlink flights, within the GDS alongside SAA’s flights and those of SAA’s Global alliance Partners, thus enabling seamless Vilanculos connections with SAA’s and its global Star Alliance partners’ networks. This will mean that where previously accessing the Bazaruto Archipelago from far flung places via Vilanculos was difficult, travellers from many parts of the globe will now enjoy the convenience of seamless travel and improved connectivity.
Vilanculos, the gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago, is considered the Mozambican capital of water sports. Its popular beach and island resorts offer a wide range of accommodation, from economy to 5 star barefoot luxury. The Bazaruto Archipelago comprises five islands. From north to south, these islands include Bazaruto, Santa Carolina (also known as Paradise Island), Benguerra, Margaruque and Banque. Airlink will initially operate the Vilanculos service using one of its 9 Jetstream 41 29 seat Regional Turboprop aircraft, frequency and capacity will however be increased over time in line with market demand. Airlink intends replacing the initial Turboprop service with a Regional Jet service using one of its 12 Embraer ERJ135LR aircraft as soon as demand justifies the capacity upgrade.
Airlink is proud of the fact that it consistently achieves high levels of service reliability and on-time performance. Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) reflects on its web site that for the calendar year 2012, Airlink ranks as one of the top on time performing airlines measured over the three main domestic ACSA airports (OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban), with an average of 91.03% of its flights departing on-time. (On-time performance is measured according to global standards and measures actual departure/arrival time against a 15 minute window of the published departure/arrival time). Airlink was recently awarded six Feather Awards by ACSA for customer service excellence.
Airlink is an accredited member of IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program having accomplished its renewal audit at the end of 2012.
Airlink looks forward with enthusiasm to playing a role in the growth of the Vilanculos market to the benefit of our customers and all tourism product stakeholders.