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Airlink is a privately-owned regional airline serving a comprehensive network of destinations throughout Southern Africa.  

We are now operating independently under our own unique 4Z flight code offering more freedom, more choices, and more travel opportunities. Airlink is Southern Africa’s largest independent airline (measured by flight movements). 

Airlink has more than 50 commercial jetliners operating throughout Southern Africa. Last year we carried 2 million customers on more than 63 000 flights, on the widest network of more than 55 routes to more than 39 destinations in nine African countries and St Helena Island.

Airlink’s on-time performance is consistently better than 95% and this is a clear indication of determination and commitment to remain synonymous with customer centricity, punctuality, service excellence, and reliability. Airlink is proudly the most on-time South African airline for 2020 as measured by the Airports Company of South Africa.

Choose to fly Airlink to more destinations than any other airline in Southern Africa.

Where we operate

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Saint Helena
  • eSwatini (Swaziland)
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Congo

Activities offered

  • Air Charters


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Airlink is making a difference in underprivileged schools. As part of its socio-economic programme, Airlink is collaborating with GiveITBack to provide needy schools in South Africa with information technology laboratories (IT labs) in an effort to provide the children with better access to learning. Airlink has completed two projects to date, Ekukhanyeni Special Needs School in Pietermaritzburg and Cophetsheni School in Nelspruit.


01 July 2022

Qatar Airways and Airlink Sign Comprehensive Codeshare Agreement to Enhance Connectivity Across Southern Africa

Qatar Airways and Airlink have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travellers more choice, enhanced services and greater connectivity between 45 destinations in 13 countries across southern Africa and the rest of the world.

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09 May 2022

Airlink commences Durban - Harare flights

Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline today launched its direct scheduled air service between Durban and Harare. The first flight departed Durban’s King Shaka International Airport at 10.30 and arrived at Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airbus at 12.40.

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06 May 2022

Joint Media Statement by the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Airlink on the Discontinuation of Operations of Eswatini Airlink

Eswatini Airlink was established in 1999 to provide air services for the Kingdom after Royal Swazi National Airways stopped operating. This was facilitated through an agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Airlink South Africa.

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09 February 2022

Airlink launches non-stop Durban – Mbombela (Nelspruit) flights.

Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline, will re-introduce scheduled direct services between Durban and Mbombela Kruger Mpumulanga International (KMIA) from 04 April 2022.

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15 October 2021

Hello Again George

With summer on the doorstep, Airlink will re-introduce scheduled services between Johannesburg and George from 01 November 2021.

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06 October 2021

Airlink to resume Polokwane flights

Airlink, the independent regional airline, will resume scheduled air services to and from Polokwane from the 18 October 2021.

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11 November 2020

Airlink Formalises Name Change

Airlink, the privately-owned airline, has officially changed its company name from “SA Airlink” to “Airlink”, as part of its strategy to distinguish itself as a totally independent airline.

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13 May 2020

Airlink advises of resolution of ticket re-issue and re-accommodation of SAA tickets issued on Airlink flights

Airlink advises that it has reached agreement with South African Airways in business rescue (for the re-accommodation of SAA tickets issued after 6 December 2019 for travel on Airlink flights. In terms of the agreement, Airlink will re issue and re accommodate SAA (083) tickets issued on Airlink SA8 flights on Airlink (749) tickets for travel on future Airlink 4Z flights.

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25 March 2020

Airlink To Suspend All Operations Between Midnight 26 March And 20 April 2020

25 March 2020, Johannesburg – Airlink, the South African-based domestic and regional airline, is suspending all operations after midnight this Thursday, 26 March 2020 in support of South Africa’s lock-down to slow and contain the spread of the COVID-19 “Coronavirus”.

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16 January 2020

Airlink To Operate Under Own Flight Code

Airlink, Africa’s largest privately-owned airline, will operate under its own “4Z” flight code on services operated with effect from 11 June 2020. This decision represents an important milestone in extending the commercial reach of the airline in its own right.

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05 December 2019

"Ops Normal" And Business as Usual for Airlink

Airlink flights and schedule will continue to operate as normal regardless of South African Airways being placed in business rescue. Airlink, which is a privately owned airline, is an SAA code-share and franchise business partner.

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27 June 2019

Midweek flights to Saint Helena Island December 2019 - March 2020

St Helena Government (SHG) and Airlink are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for midweek flights commencing in December 2019. In addition to the regularly scheduled weekly flight that operates on a Saturday, during the period December 2019 - March 2020 a second weekly flight will operate to St Helena on a Tuesday. Passengers are now able to make bookings up until late February 2020.

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03 October 2018

Airlink Introduces Business Class On Victoria Falls And Walvis Bay Routes

Airlink’s direct services between Cape Town and Victoria Falls as well as Johannesburg and Walvis Bay now offer an intra-continental (as in intra Europe) style business class service.        International premium travelers arriving in Cape Town and travelling onwards to Victoria Falls, on Airlink, will now be able to enjoy the additional benefits afforded by continuing their journey in a premium cabin. This is especially relevant in regard to additional baggage allowance as well as lounge access in Cape Town.

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20 April 2018

Airlink launches direct flights between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth

Effective 6 May 2018, Airlink will launch direct flights between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The new service will be served by one of Airlink’s recently acquired 74 seat Embraer E170 aircraft.

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28 March 2017

Airlink Increases Frequency between Nelspruit and Vilanculos

Airlink will during 2017 be increasing the frequency of its flights operating between Nelspruit KMIA and Vilanculos, Mozambique. Currently Airlink offers flights on Thursdays and Sundays. On 26 March 2017 additional flight days on Tuesdays and Fridays will be added.  On 4 July 2017, additional flight days on Mondays and Saturdays will be added. And on 7 August 2017 with the addition of a Wednesday flight day, the service will be daily. The flights will depart Nelspruit at 11h45 and will a…

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09 November 2016

Airlink extends Lodge Link network – andBeyond

Airlink is pleased to announce the extension of its Lowveld ‘Lodge Link’ safari lodge network in partnership with andBeyond. The extensive network will provide daily connections between andBeyond’s - Ngala Safari Lodge and Ngala Tented Camp in the Timbavati, Kirkman’s Kamp in the Sabi Sand and the 6 lodges in andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. The Lodge Network will also provide direct connections with Airlink’s regional services from Nelspruit KMIA to Mozambi…

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02 February 2016

Airlink returns to NOSY Be – Madagascar

Airlink is pleased to announce the re-introduction of air-services between Johannesburg and Nosy Be commencing Sunday 20 March 2016. Flights will operate weekly with a single return flight on Sundays. Initially the service will be on one of Airlink’s fleet of 18 Embraer ERJ 135 regional jet aircraft, and as soon as demand justifies, one of Airlink’s fleet of 12 Avro RJ85 whisper quad jets will be deployed to provide the service. Seats will be made available in the agency Global Dis…

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23 October 2015

From 11 March 2016, Airlink will provide direct flights between Cape Town and Maun (Botswana)

The combination of Airlink’s new direct Cape Town - Maun service with Airlink's other services Johannesburg - Maun, Johannesburg - Kasane, Livingstone - Nelspruit/Kruger and Nelspruit/Kruger - Cape Town and Skukuza - Cape Town, will provide the global leisure tour product industry with a complete fully flexible integrated travel circuit, from which to structure their guest’s itineraries. Airlink’s direct flights will assure travellers the opportunity to minimise time spe…

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27 May 2015

SAA and Airlink the first to offer flights between Pretoria and Cape Town

South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier on the African continent and its feeder partner airline, Airlink, have entered into a joint commercial venture which as a first ever will offer scheduled air services at Tshwane City’s Wonderboom Airport. Effective 16 August the service will operate between Wonderboom, and Cape Town, a key domestic route for the carriers. The convenient direct service will service both the leisure and business travelers. For business class travellers, Airl…

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15 May 2015

New Release

It is being hailed as a game changer by the trade and tourism partners. Airlink is feverishly building routings in global distribution systems (GDS) for the new Lodge Link service that will make it easier than ever for the international visitors to see the best South Africa has to offer in safari experiences in and around Kruger National Park. Airport codes have been registered with the aviation authorities and together with a code share arrangement with SAA, travellers can now book seamless …

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09 February 2015

Airlink reduces fuel levy “YQ”

Airlink is pleased to announce that it will be reducing the fuel levy “YQ” following the recent fall in oil prices. While the reduction in the price of jet fuel does not correlate directly with the fall in oil price, airlines have enjoyed some reprieve. Airlink wishes to pass savings on to our Customers as far as possible - the reduced fuel levy will amount to a saving in the overall fare thus making air travel more affordable. Airlink, the Regional Feeder Airline, connects 35 dest…

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28 January 2015

Airlink increases flights on two routes

Airlink will increase flights on its Johannesburg-Nelspruit and Johannesburg-Pietermaritzburg routes, and make schedule changes to its Durban-Maputo route, effective February 16. Airlink will introduce morning flights on its Johannesburg-Nelspruit route. Flights will depart Nelspruit at 06h55 arriving in Johannesburg at 07h50, Monday to Friday. On Saturdays the first flight will depart Nelspruit at 08h30 arriving in Johannesburg at 09h25. Evening flights depart Johannesburg for Nelspruit at 18…

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27 November 2014

Airlink - Skukuza Airport website launched

Skukuza Airport, gateway to the Kruger National Park has recently launched the official Skukuza Airport website. All pertinent details and useful information regarding the airport, Kruger National Park and the adjacent Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve are available for viewing on the new website. For those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to fly into Skukuza as of yet, you now have the opportunity to visualise and experience the airport by means of video and gallery pictures. The a…

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23 June 2014

New Airlink service between Nelspruit and Vilanculos

Airlink commences Nelspruit-Vilanculos service    Airlink has officially launched its direct service between Nelspruit and Vilanculos in Mozambique.   The service operates on Thursdays and Sundays using Airlink’s Embraer ERJ135 regional jet.   Flights depart Nelspruit at 11h35, arriving in Vilanculos at 12h50. The return flight departs Vilanculos at 13h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 15h30.

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04 June 2014

Airlink Skukuza services commence operation

On Monday 02 June 2014, Airlink’s scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Skukuza, and Cape Town and Skukuza commenced operating. The return of scheduled air services to Skukuza airport is momentous in the context of South African tourism as this now allows all tourism stakeholders and tourists the ability to gain direct access to a variety of important and recognised wildlife destinations within the Kruger Park and nearby Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and offers a far more integrat…

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23 May 2014

Linking Kruger to Vilanculos with Airlink

Airlink commences scheduled air service between Nelspruit Kruger to Vilanculos, Mozambique - on 19 June 2014.  Flight will operate twice weekly (Thursday and Sunday) the new Kruger to Vilanculos flights will serve to further enhance accessibility to this iconic beach destination and compliment Airlink’s current direct flights operating between Johannesburg and Vilanculos. The additional flights will create a convenient daily service between Vilanculos and Johannesburg offering the n…

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23 April 2014

Skukuza Airport appoints Avis

The Skukuza Airport Management Company has appointed Avis as the car hire service provider at the newly refurbished Skukuza airport. Not only will Avis provide pre-booked vehicles for collection at the Skukuza Airport for guests arriving on Airlink’s schedule flights direct from Johannesburg and Cape Town, they will also offer a shuttle service to the main Skukuza camp. Avis has a well-established infrastructure at the Skukuza camp having provided car hire facilities to the visitors to t…

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04 March 2014

Airlink enhances Skukuza schedule

Following extensive engagement over the past three months with lodge operators in the Sabi Sand, as well as tour operators and agents located in international markets. Airlink is pleased to advise that it has been able to make amendments to the timing of its Skukuza flights in order to further add to traveller convenience and to enhance their bush experience. The morning game drive, prior to onward travel that same day, is a key feature of an African safari. In order to allow guests to maximis…

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29 October 2013

Airlink connects Kruger to Vilanculos

Airlink is delighted to confirm that it will commence operating a direct scheduled air service from Nelspruit Kruger to Vilanculos (Mozambique) from 19 June 2014. Starting initially with 2 flights per week (Thursday and Sunday) the new Kruger to Vilanculos flights will serve to further enhance Airlink’s current flights operating between Johannesburg and Vilanculos, with from 19 June 2014 daily direct departures between Vilanculos and Johannesburg. The Kruger to Vilanculos flights will de…

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24 October 2013

New Domestic Routes

Airlink is introducing new services from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, Kimberley, and Richards Bay, with effect from November 18.The services were in response to demand and would be at times suitable to satisfy the requirements of same-day returning travellers in both directions.     Airlink is excited at being able to offer our customers and travel trade partners a choice of service providers on these important domestic routes. Airlink’s new services will be offered at most at…

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28 August 2013

Airlink to launch Skukuza services

Airlink is set to launch direct flights to Skukuza airport in the Kruger National Park, commencing March 2014. This will see the welcome re-establishment of scheduled air services to one of the country’s most visited tourist attractions, following the closure of its airport to airline traffic over a decade ago. Airlink, together with its partners Lion Sands and Federal Air, established the Skukuza Airport Management Company which has entered into a public-private partnership with SANPark…

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11 March 2013

Airlink introduces all-jet service between Kruger and Livingstone route

Airlink will enhance its Kruger-Livingstone service by using one of its 13 Embraer ERJ 135 jets from March 22. This will shorten the flying time and give travellers an earlier arrival in Kruger. The service operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The flight will depart Nelspruit KMIA at 11h35 and arrive in Livingstone at 13h10. The return flight departs Livingstone at 13h45, arriving in Nelspruit KMIA at 15h25. “Airlink looks forward with enthusiasm to playing…

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30 January 2013

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 fli…

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17 October 2012

Airlink Maun, Botswana Update

Airlink is pleased to announce as of the 15 March 2013 that it will enhance its schedule, increase capacity and provide business class service on the convenient daily scheduled flights between Johannesburg (ORTIA) and Maun Botswana. The flights will be operated with one of its fleet of 8 – AVRO RJ85 regional jets (83 seater), these are configured with 14 business class and 69 economy seats. Commencing the 15 March 2013 Airlink’s daily flights will operate as follows: Depart OR Ta…

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16 October 2012

Airlink adds Sunday flight to Nampula, Mozambique

Airlink is pleased to confirm that following the recent introduction of its Wednesday flights it will from 4 November 2012 be adding a Sunday flight to its weekly schedule. Flights depart Johannesburg at 11h05 arriving in Nampula at 13h35 and depart Nampula at 14h10 arriving at Johannesburg at 16h45.    The additional flight, will compliment Airlink’s current schedule which operates Mondays to Fridays, it will operate with one of Airlink’s 12 Embraer ERJ135 37 seat region…

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