IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION

Requirements for Domestic and Regional Travel during Covid19 More Details

Applicability

2.1.1

Airlink is a privately-owned, BBBEE Level 4 business and regional airline serving a comprehensive network of smaller destinations throughout Southern Africa. We operate independently under our own unique 4Z flight code.

 

2.1.2

The Airline industry operates in a global environment with specific business processes and procedures which have been developed over the years to enable the industry to operate in a fair and efficient manner while having regards for the various factors and risks unique to the industry. Much of the business processes are captured in regulations, conventions and treaties that govern the industry.

 

2.1.3

Airlink, as a member of IATA, adheres to all of the international regulations, Conventions and treaties that govern the industry and where applicable to our Passengers, it is captured in this Conditions of Carriage. Airlink reserves the right to change or update its policies, procedures and conditions of carriage without prior notification.

2.2.1

This Conditions of Carriage forms part of the Passenger’s contract of carriage with Airlink and applies to the carriage we provide to the Passenger unless Clause 2.4 (Overriding Law) provides otherwise.

 

2.2.2

The liability of the Airline in regards to any claim that the Passenger may have against Airlink in regards to Loss or Damage to Baggage is limited to the higher of -

  • the sector fare paid by the Passenger for the Ticket; or
  • the applicable Convention in terms of any claims related to the loss or damage to Baggage, provided that the Passenger complies in all material respects with the procedures in submitting the claims as provided for in the applicable Convention.

 

2.2.3

These Conditions of Carriage applies to gratuitous and reduced fare carriage as well, in all material respects.

 

2.2.4

These Conditions of Carriage apply to all of our business activities, including but not limited to Airlink Charter Agreement Operations and Services incidental thereto.

 

2.2.5

Should a Passenger want to lodge a formal complaint with the Airlink Customer Care department, the Passenger must contact the Airline in writing within one (1) month from the date of travel or when the incident occurred. Airlink will not be liable should any information not be available to conclude the investigation exceeding the one month claim period.

Complaints and compliments sent via e-mail to: [email protected]

Airlink will acknowledge written travel related concerns or compliments within 30 days of their receipt and our customer care department will send a substantive written response within 60 days of receiving a written complaint.

Please note that we are only able to provide feedback to the passenger concerned or their authorized representative to ensure data privacy compliance.

2.2.6

Passengers booking to fly on Airlink directly with a Travel Agent or third party and not booking directly with Airlink shall be required to contact their Travel Agent for any flight related assistance. Airlink cannot make passenger suggested changes to a booking done via a third party or Travel Agent such as cancelling the itinerary a week before departure or changing the flight to another date.

Contact your Travel Agent to make the necessary changes to your itinerary and Airlink E-ticket. The only changes Airlink can make to third party or Travel Agent bookings is when Airlink has an irregular flight operation in the form of a delay relating to the airline’s responsibility done at the airport on the day of operation.

Any changes to your E-ticket made by a third party or Travel Agent may carry a cost to you in terms of your contract with the third party or Travel Agent and that cost is for your account and is not payable by Airlink nor can it be claimed from Airlink.

2.3.1

Airlink has both Uni-lateral and Bi-lateral Interline E-ticketing agreements with certain airlines worldwide. A single E-ticket will be issued covering all segment of the itinerary operated by different airlines. These E-tickets will be issued on the issuing airlines ticket stock and not Airlink 749 ticket stock. This type of E-ticket allows for the Checked baggage to be carried through to the final destination with no need to collect and re-check the baggage at the transit airports.

2.3.2

For tickets issued on foreign ticket stock (excluding 749 E-tickets) the passenger will need to contact the original booking agent for assistance for any Irregular flight Operations (IROPs) or Schedule changes.

2.3.3

Interline Baggage Acceptance:

  • Solely applies to Interline itineraries on a Single Ticket.
  • When Airlink (4Z) is the issuing carrier, it will select and apply its own Checked Baggage policy Clause 10 (Baggage) throughout the Passenger’s Interline Itinerary.
  • When a Passenger makes a voluntary itinerary change, the Checked Baggage policy of the new Selected Carrier applies.
  • The Selected Carrier’s Checked Baggage excess baggage charges apply at any point where bags are checked in, including stopovers.
  • Each Operating Carrier’s Carry-on baggage allowances and policies will apply to each flight segment in an Interline Itinerary.
  • Where Airlink (4Z) is a Participating Carrier or is not the Selected Carrier on an Interline itinerary but is an Interlining Carrier that is providing transportation to the passenger based on ticket issued, Airlink (4Z) will apply the Selected Carrier’s baggage rules throughout the Interline Itinerary.

 

2.3.4

The Conditions of Carriage of the operating carrier shall apply in all other respects, with the result that, for example, provisions relating to baggage acceptance, check-in and boarding, refusal and limitation of carriage, conduct aboard aircraft, and schedules, delays and cancellation of flights may differ from these Conditions of Carriage and the Airline requests that the Passenger familiarise themselves with the Conditions of Carriage of the operating carrier, where applicable.

2.3.5

Limitation of Liability

Passengers on a journey involving an ultimate destination or a stop in a country other than the country of origin are advised that the provisions of a treaty known as the Warsaw Convention may be applicable to the entire journey, including any portion entirely within the country of origin or destination. For such passengers on a journey to, from, or with an agreed stopping place in the United States of America, the Convention and special contracts of carriage embodied in applicable tariffs provide that the liability of [certain ]* [(name of carrier) and certain other] carriers parties to such special contracts for death of or personal injury to passengers is limited in most cases to proven damages not to exceed US $75,000 per passenger, and that this liability up to such limit shall not depend on negligence on the part of the carrier. For such passengers traveling by a carrier not a party to such special contracts or on a journey not to, from, or having an agreed stopping place in the United States of America, liability of the carrier for death or personal injury to passengers is limited in most cases to approximately US $10,000 or US $20,000.

2.3.5.1

The names of Carriers parties to such special contracts are available at all ticket offices of such carriers and may be examined on request.

2.3.5.2

Additional protection can usually be obtained by purchasing insurance from a private company. Such insurance is not affected by any limitation of the carrier’s liability under the Warsaw Convention or such special contracts of carriage. For further information please consult your airline or insurance company representative.”

2.3.5.3

This Agreement was filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board of the United States. The Board approved it by Order E-23680, adopted May 13, 1966. The Agreement (Agreement 18900) became effective May 16, 1966. On January 1, 1985, this Agreement became the responsibility of the Department of Transportation (DOT) by operation of law.]

2.3.5.4

This Agreement may be signed in any number of counterparts, all of which shall constitute one Agreement. Any Carrier may become a party to this Agreement by signing a counterpart hereof and depositing it with DOT.

2.3.5.5

Any Carrier party hereto may withdraw from this Agreement by giving twelve (12) months’ written notice of withdrawal to DOT and the other Carriers parties to the Agreement.

These Conditions of Carriage are applicable unless they are inconsistent with applicable Law in which event such Law shall prevail.

2.5.1

Airlink follows procedures, advice, and guidelines from the centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organisation (WHO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and the relevant Airport and Customs authorities. .

 

2.5.2

Airlink is committed to health and safety and as such will take the following measures:

 

  • a) Passengers will be required to bring their own face mask that covers the nose and mouth. The only exceptions are children under six (6) years of age and passengers with dementia, autism, difficulty breathing and medical reasons. We only accept an exception for exclusion from wearing a mask on presentation of a printed valid negative PCR test result and a medical certificate.
  • b) The face mask should be of a design that will allow the user to wear the mask for the duration of the flight and airport facilitation activities including check-in, boarding, bussing, and baggage claim facilities.
  • c) Failing to wear a face mask will result in the passenger being offloaded without compensation.
  • d) Abide by social distancing rules of 1,5m.
  • e) Do not greet by any form of physical contact.
  • f) Passengers are required to undergo contactless digital thermal temperature screening procedures at the airport as part of the facilitation process.
  • g) Do not attempt to travel by air if you feel unwell or show known symptoms of a communicable disease.
  • h) Cough and sneeze into your elbow if you do not have a tissue or handkerchief available.
  • i) Wash your hands regularly and disinfect with alcohol-based hand sanitiser (max 70% alcohol volume). Refer to 10.1.11

 

2.5.3

In the event passengers start to feel ill during flight or arrive at their destination and show symptoms of a communicable disease, to the point where they could be placed in quarantine, Airlink shall not be liable for any costs incurred related to such incidents and no further claims can be submitted. Any medical costs, new tickets, repatriation, accommodation costs etc. shall be for the passenger’s expense and Airlink accepts no liability thereof.

 

2.5.4

All International travellers entering or transiting through South Africa that are:

  • (a) Vaccinated, must upon arrival, provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
    Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm (BIBP) and Sinovac.
  • (b) Unvaccinated, must upon arrival, provide a valid printed certificate of a negative COVID-19 test recognised by the World Health Organisation taken at most 72 hours before the date of travel from the first embarkation point. South African Authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of the presented certificate.
  • (c) Produce a valid certificate of a negative antigen COVID-19 test performed by a medical practitioner, registered public health authority or accredited/approved laboratory which was obtained not more than 48 hours before the date of departure.
  • (d) Produce a valid certificate of a positive PCR COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, for a test date less than 90 days prior to the date of arrival and more than 10 days prior to the date of arrival , together with a signed letter from a health care provider, registered in the country of origin, stating that the person has fully recovered from COVID-19, is not experiencing any new symptoms and is fit to travel.
  • (e) Does not apply to travellers who are under 12 years old.

 

2.5.5

Passengers are required to have their valid, negative PCR certificate printed before departure. It is the responsibility of passengers to familiarise themselves with the applicable regulations and PCR requirements in accordance with the destination’s regulations prior to making a reservation and presenting themselves for a flight at check-in and at the boarding gate. Airlink shall not be responsible for any costs or reimbursement of costs where a passenger is denied boarding for reasons of his/her own negligence or disregard of the applicable regulations.

2.5.6

Passengers with tickets commencing travel prior to 31 December 2021 will be permitted one free date change. The free date change must fall within the ticket validity which has been extended to two years from the original date of issue. This is applicable to both regional and domestic tickets. Refer to the Covid 19 Memo related to ticket changes www.flyairlink.com/covid-19-travel-update/covid-19-memo/

 

2.5.7

In line with the gazetted amendment issued by the Minister of Transport, Airlink will accept expired SA Driver's licences as a valid form of identification as required by Part 112, until 05 May 2022.