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7 February 2020

Airlink Is Independent – Not to Be Confused With SA Express

Airlink, the privately-run South African airline, is completely independent and not to be confused with the State-owned feeder airline, SA Express, which the Johannesburg High Court yesterday ruled should be placed in Business Rescue.

Airlink competes against SA Express on routes linking Johannesburg with Walvis Bay, Kimberley, Gaborone, Bloemfontein, Hoedspruit, Bulawayo and Mthatha.

“We want to assure travellers that Airlink’s schedule and services on those routes will not be affected. Should any SA Express flight be cancelled, we will gladly reaccommodate them on our services in order to minimize their inconvenience, said Rodger Foster, Airlink CEO and Managing Director.

For clarity, all Airlink flights and tickets carry the prefix “SA8”, while all SA Express flight numbers start with the prefix “SA1”.

“Airlinks flights will operate under the “SA8” flight code until 10 June 2020, after which they will be operated under Airlink’s unique “4Z” code. “4Z” tickets are already available through travel agents, tour operators and online at,” added Mr Foster.

About Airlink

Airlink is a privately-owned, BBBEE Level 4 business, with strong institutional shareholders and a respectable track record of consistent profitability over the past 28 years. The regional feeder airline is headquartered in Johannesburg, has the largest fleet of commercial jetliners in Southern Africa, operates more than 5 600 flights per month on 55 routes to 39 destinations in nine African countries with a better than 95% on time performance. Last year Airlink carried almost two million passengers on their more than 63,000 flights.