Airlink tickets issued on 749 ticket stock from/on 01 August 2022 will have a 1 year ticket validity. More Details

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A disinfectant with alcohol-based hand sanitizer (max 70%) alcohol volume and a maximum of 100ml is permitted in your carry-on baggage on Airlink Domestic and Regional flights.

For bookings made directly through an Airlink booking office, please complete the pre-formatted page here:

If you have booked through a Travel Agent, please contact your Travel Agent directly to obtain a tax invoice.

A maximum mass of 10kg of perishable goods may be included in the free baggage allowance. Due to its perishable nature, it will be carried at the passenger`s own risk and will not be accepted on Airlink regional flights. Each regional country that Airlink operates to has strict import and export regulations, so perishable items of any nature will only be acceptable as manifested cargo.

Lost property is managed by our Baggage department who can be contacted on +27 11 390 9782 or [email protected]

Airlink has the database of SA8/083 tickets issued in the period from 06 December 2019 onwards and will reissue according to a pre-determined process.

The processing of the re-accommodations and reissues will be divided into two categories.

The first category applies to: -

  • Suspended SA8/083 tickets where passenger no-showed – refund on taxes only (as per fare rules).
  • Open SA8/083 tickets over the lockdown period that require re-accommodation.
  • Point 1 and 2 above relates to tickets issued from 06 December 2019 for travel between 06 December 2019 up to 10 June 2020. The bookings will be re-accommodated in sequential ticket number order onto fictitious flight numbers. Once all these reissues have been done, Airlink will send out a media request asking people who had bookings in that period to contact Airlink with details of their new dates.

    Please note that this does not apply to passengers who have no-showed on Airlink flights – these tickets will remain non-refundable. The definition of a no-show is a passenger who does not cancel his/her booking even though the flight is still operating.

    The second category applies to:

  • Original SA8/083 tickets to be re-accommodated onto 4Z/749 tickets.
  • Point 1 above relates to all tickets issued from 06 December 2019 for travel from 11 June 2020 onwards. The rebooking’s and reissues will be handled in date order and Airlink will get in touch with each passenger/agent, where contact details are available, to ascertain if they are still going to travel on the current dates or if they require a date change.

    It is impossible to say but it could take months on the basis that there are tens of thousands of tickets to reissue. Airlink will process the bookings as fast as possible.

    The heading and first paragraph of our most recent press release mentions “after the 06 December 2019”. It should read “from 06 December 2019”, in terms of defining the date period for these reissues.

    Airlink was given authorization by SAA’s business rescue practitioners to reissue tickets booked from the 06 December only – this is the day after SAA went into business rescue. All tickets issued prior to this date fall outside the scope of the agreement and are subject to a moratorium in terms of SAA’s business rescue process. The ticket sale funds for all SA8 tickets reside with SAA, and therefore Airlink is unable to accept these tickets unless the associated funds are made available.

    SAA has advised that they will issue vouchers to the value of those tickets for use towards any SAA designated future flight. This appears to be the only option right now, other than to wait and see what happens to SAA and the government guarantees that are meant to be in place to cover the value of all the tickets.

    As much as Airlink would like Agencies to assist with rebooking and reissuing flights from 083 ticket stock to 749 ticket stock, this would be deemed a CIP Violation. Airlink has been given temporary permission to commit this violation in order to move the flights across but unfortunately this cannot be extended to operators and agents.

    Yes, one free date change is permitted within 2 years of the original date of issue (the date of issue of the original SA8/083 ticket, not the new re-issued date on 4Z/749

    All date change re-issues must be completed prior to 31 December 2021, or earlier in the case of any bookings made between the 06 - 31 December 2019. As the extended ticket validity is two years from date of original issue, all travel must be completed prior to the last day of the validity.

    Re-routings will be as per fare rules.

    One free date change will be permitted within the 2-year ticket validity. When reissuing on the same routing and same booking class, the reissue will be at no ADC utilizing the applicable waiver auth (this will be done by Airlink). In the event that the same booking class is not available, the difference in fare and taxes must be collected but the rebooking fee will still be waived. Please note that when Airlink reissues the ticket from SA8/083 to 4Z/749, this does not constitute utilization of the free change. This process is merely to get the booking across into the new system and onto the new code. The free date change is reserved for use by the passenger when deciding on a new date.

    The original date of issue precludes Airlink from reissuing the ticket onto 4Z/749.

    Yes, Airlink will have control of the bookings due to the reissuing process.

    Airlink will endeavour to try and replicate as many of the original requests as possible for all bookings.

    Airlink will incur a 13% Interline Service Charge billed to Airlink for reissuing the tickets. Airlink will absorb these costs for all tickets that maintain their bookings and travel within the 2-year ticket validity. However, in the event of a refund, the interline service charge will be deducted from the base fare and YQ component of the ticket, plus the applicable cancellation fee will be applied as per the fare rules.

    Any Airlink schedule changes prior to 11 March 2020 are classified as changes to our network and a full refund may be requested. Any schedule changes/cancellations of flights from the 11 March 2020 (the day the world Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic) are considered force majeure and standard refund processes apply – refund as per fare rules. This will remain in place until such time as domestic, regional and international travel bans are lifted worldwide.

    For schedule changes occurring after May 2022, the below 3 remedies will come into effect however, we do not offer these remedies in the case of Force Majeure and Force Majeure for 3rd Parties.

    1. It may happen that delays in departure times and the duration of a flight occur because of circumstances beyond the Airline’s control. The Airline will take all reasonable measures required to avoid a delay in providing carriage to the Passenger and the Baggage. These measures may include using an alternative aircraft or arranging for a flight to be operated for the Airline by an alternative Airline.
    2. The Passenger will be entitled to choose one of the following three (3) available Remedies in the event of a Cancellation or a Schedule Change as a result of Technical or Operational reasons and the Airline -
      • a. fails to stop at the Passenger destination, or;
      • b. cause the Passenger to miss a connecting flight with the Airline or with another Airline for which the Passenger hold a through confirmed Ticket* (with a planned connection time of twenty four (24) hours or less) and adequate time existed to make the connection after the scheduled time of arrival of the Passenger’s flight.
      *Exception for separate Tickets when travelling from one Airlink flight to another Airlink flight.

      Remedy One -the Airline will carry the Passenger as soon as operationally possible on another Airlink flight on which space is available without additional charge and, where necessary, extend the period of validity of the Passenger’s Ticket to cover that carriage. In the event that the Passenger accepts this remedy the Passenger will have no further claims against the Airline whatsoever.

      Remedy Two -the Airline will reroute the Passenger under comparable transport conditions to the destination and class shown on the Passenger’s Ticket without additional charge on another Airlink flight on which space is available or on the flight of another Airline with whom the Airline have an agreement with, or by other mutually agreed means.
      Should there be no reasonable flights available, the Airline will reroute the Passenger to the closest possible alternative destination in agreement with the Passenger.
      Any ground services from there will be for the Passenger’s expense (this expense should be claimed from the Passenger’s travel insurance). In the event that the Passenger accepts this remedy it is the Passenger’s responsibility to familiarise the alternative carrier’s conditions of carriage and the Passenger will have no further claims against the Airline whatsoever.

      Remedy Three -the Airline will give the Passenger an involuntary full refund in accordance with Clause 11.2 (Involuntary Refunds). In the event that the Passenger accepts this remedy, the Passenger will have no further claims against the Airline whatsoever.

    3. Where a flight has been Cancelled or is subject to a long delay (excluding weather delays) exceeding two (2) hours, Passengers are entitled to receive refreshments (excluding alcohol) from the Airline.
    4. Should the Passenger, who is not departing from an airport within the vicinity of the Passenger’s home address, be forced to stay overnight due to a cancelled flight for which the Airline is responsible due to Technical and Operational constraints (and not weather related cancellations), the Airline will offer the Passenger suitable hotel accommodation for the first twenty four (24) hours, transport between the airport and the place of accommodation, dinner, breakfast and lunch if applicable in the event of a Cancelled flight over the applicable meal period.

    Answer - Due to the vast volume of refund requests coming through, the processing time may take up to four months from date of submission. Every effort will be made to process refunds as quickly as possible.

    Please send your refund request to [email protected] along with the relevant documentation – please see below .

    Once a ticket has been reissued to 4Z/749, the original form of payment can no longer be accessed properly. With that in mind, all original tickets issued utilizing a credit card can only have their refund processed via EFT. Please send through a bank confirmation letter or bank statement, not older than 3 months, reflecting the name of the person who paid for the original ticket, account number (plus swift code if applicable), physical address of the bank, physical address of the account holder along with the ticket number, when requesting a refund.

    In some instances both the old and new flights details will be seen in the original booking but due to the various reservation systems involved, this may not always be the case.

    We are still waiting for a response from SAA regarding the possibility of voiding the voucher and permitting the original ticket to be reissued to the corresponding Airlink flight.

    Please email [email protected] immediately and advise that you are waiting for a SAA voucher and do not want your ticket reissued onto an Airlink flight. Please note that there is no guarantee that Airlink can extract the booking in time, but will do our best.

    Airlink will continue to reissue tickets on the basis that the funds for these tickets are paid over. In the event that payment for the reissued tickets are no longer made, Airlink will have no choice but to suspend ticket reissues immediately.

    All published fares, group fares and FIT fares.

    We are unable to accept any Industry (rebated), Agency or Voyager Redemption tickets for re-issuing

    All Airlink SA8 sectors will be removed from the original itinerary and reissued onto 4Z/749 flight numbers. The remaining itinerary will stay as booked.

    In the event that you have already bought a new ticket that matches the old ticket in name and routing, please send both tickets to [email protected] who will verify them both and send the original ticket in for refund.

    Travellers departing South Africa to a regional destination are required to confirm the regulations with the relevant authorities prior to departure.

    What are the contact details to get in touch regarding rebooking’s or general queries? On account of the lockdown and suspension of air travel, Airlink only has skeleton staff working, largely on a remote basis. [email protected] or [email protected] can be contacted with any queries. Please note that due to excessive email volumes, the response may be delayed.

    The passenger will be required to pay for excess baggage upon arrival at the airport. Airlink does not offer the facility to pay for excess baggage online as passengers are rather encouraged to make payment at the airport so as to ensure accuracy of the excess baggage weight.

    You can contact our Baggage Department whom monitors lost property on (011) 390 9872

    Check-in and Boarding

    Passengers must present themselves for check-in at the designated check-in counter no later than the time stipulated below before the scheduled departure time of the flight as indicated on the Passenger's Ticket.

    Domestic: Two (2) hours.
    International / Regional: Three (3) hours.

    Passengers that check-in must report directly to the boarding gates within the times stipulated below. Failure to do so will result in the Passenger and their Checked Baggage being offloaded from the flight and will be deemed a “no-show” and the Ticket flight coupon will be forfeited. The Airline will not be liable for any loss or expense incurred due to the Passenger’s failure to comply with this provision.

    Domestic: Boarding closes fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
    International / Regional: Boarding closes twenty (20) minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.


    • If you book through a travel agent, for rebooking or further assistance kindly contact your travel agent.
    • If you book directly on the Airlink website, Call Centre or Airlink ticketing office, you can change your booking on our website here: Manage My Booking

    For further assistance kindly contact:
    - the nearest Airlink Ticketing office
    - Airlink head office Tel +27 11 451 7300 and select the relevant applicable menu option for further assistance
    - E-mail [email protected] for ticketing related queries

    Tickets can be transferred to another Passenger and any error in the name or spelling of the name will mean that the ticket will have to be reissued and an administration fee will be charged for the same booking class. Children and infant discount applies. The charge amount varies for each country where the change is being made.

    E-mail Airlink for the applicable name change fee [email protected]

    This will not affect your booking as the information will be verified at the check-in counters on your day of travel.

    You can select your seat preference when you check-in online 24 hours prior to your flight’s departure. Alternatively, seat preferences can be allocated when managing your booking on the following link: Manage My Booking

    Passengers who fail to present themselves for a flight without advising the Airline in advance, no later than one (1) hour prior to the scheduled departure time will be a "no-show" and the Ticket flight coupon will be forfeited.

    The same will apply if the Passenger does not present themselves for a flight, be it at the check-in counter for the check-in procedure or the boarding gate for the boarding procedure prior to departure. It is the Passenger’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with the terms and conditions of the fare and the Airline does not accept any responsibility for the Passenger’s failure to do so.

    If you purchased your ticket through a travel agent, please contact your agent for further assistance.