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Why fly with Airlink

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Airlink seamlessly connects you to more than 45 destinations in 13 African countries & St. Helena Island – Offering the widest network in Southern Africa.

Punctuality airlink


The most punctual South African airline to date, measured independently by Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA).

Hospitality airlink


Airlink strives for service excellence and is determined to remain synonymous with customer-centricity and hospitality. Enjoy the experience.

Airlink recently signed an interline agreement with Kenya Airways to connect their passengers to even more routes across Africa. Airlink travellers flying into Nairobi can now easily connect to cities like Entebbe, Kigali, Dar es Salaam and Kinshasa, among others.

Airlink is a privately-owned regional airline, serving a comprehensive network of smaller destinations throughout Southern Africa. They now operate independently under their unique 4Z flight code, offering more freedom, more choices and more travel opportunities. As Southern Africa’s largest independent airline, Airlink has more than 50 commercial jetliners operating throughout Southern Africa. In 2019 they carried 2 million customers on more than 63,000 flights around Africa and to St Helena Island.

With a key focus on on-time departures and punctual arrivals, Airlink’s commitment to service excellence is unrivalled by most other regional airlines within Southern Africa.

Book Airlink flights to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and other exciting places!

While the Airlink fleet is smaller than most commercial airliners, they haven’t scrimped on baggage allowances.

• If you’re flying Economy Class on Airlink, then the usual 20kg baggage allowance applies.

• Business Class passengers are entitled to 30kg baggage allowance.

• Children and Infants paying at least 50% of the adult fare are entitled to the same baggage allowance as adults.

• Infants not entitled to a seat shall only be permitted 10kg and one collapsible stroller.

For carry-on luggage, your bags cannot exceed 8kg. Business Class passengers can carry two pieces of luggage onto the aircraft, and Economy Class passengers no more than one.

Maximum dimensions for one piece is 52cm x 20cm x 23cm. The size of one carry-on item can’t exceed the overall dimensions of 115cm.

Check-in for domestic Airlink flights opens 90 minutes before departure and closes 30 minutes before take-off. For international or regional Airlink flights, check-in opens two hours before departure and closes 50 minutes before take-off.

Always allow yourself ample time to check in before flying. You never know what kind of hold-ups you may encounter on your way to the airport, and Airlink has a strict ‘no refunds’ policy for passengers that fail to check in on time.

Depending on your flight (domestic or regional), Airlink offers its passengers the option of Economy, or Business Class seating. Many smaller, domestic routes offer only one class cabin.

Economy Class

• Spacious seating

• Complimentary light meals and beverages

• In-flight magazine

Business Class

• Wide, spacious seating with ample legroom

• Award-winning hot meals

• In-flight magazine

With its hub at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport, Airlink offers flights to smaller towns in South Africa and regional centres, with convenient connections through their alliance with SAA, SA Express and the Star Alliance carrier’s global networks, throughout Southern Africa and the world.

Locally scheduled flights are only offered between the following destinations:

• Cape Town

• Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo)

• Port Elizabeth

• George

• Durban (King Shaka)

• East London

• Bloemfontein

• East London

• Pietermaritzburg

• Phalaborwa

• Polokwane

• Skukuza

• Sishen

Regional and internationally scheduled flights are only offered between the following destinations:

• Botswana

• Lesotho

• Madagascar

• Mozambique

• Swaziland

• Zambia

• Namibia

Airlink connects South Africa with 36 destinations in 9 African countries, across 55 routes.

Whether you’re looking to fly direct to your mine in the depths of Zambia, or simply hop over to your favourite private game reserve for the weekend, Airlink flights take you there comfortably in one of its 55 aircraft.

Experience the heart of the African bush when you sign up with the ‘Lodge Link Network Programme’, which takes you straight from Johannesburg, Durban, Livingstone and Cape Town to well known private lodges.

Their stylish fleet, reminiscent of a modern-day business tycoon’s private jet, consists of the 29-seater Jetstream 4100’s, ERJ 135 jet aircraft, Grand Cessna Caravan 208BEX, to the larger British Aerospace AVRO RJ85 that carries up to 83 passengers.

IATA code: 4Z
Hub airport: O.R. Tambo / Cape Town International
Alliance: N/A
Loyalty program: N/A
Inflight magazine: Skyways

The information on this page is correct as of date of publishing. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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