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15 June 2021

Airlink Offers Bush and Beach Options as It Resumes Nelspruit to Vilanculos Flights

Airlink, the independent Southern African regional airline, will expand its leisure travel network when it resumes flights from Nelspruit’s Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport to Vilanculos in Mozambique from 02 July 2021.

The re-established service will operate on Mondays and Fridays and provides travellers with an option to combine a safari with a beach holiday. 

“Airlink customers using this service will be able to enjoy their early morning game drives and breakfast at their safari lodge before departing on Airlink’s Lodge Link service connecting Phinda, Londolozi and Arathusa to Nelspruit KMIA. There they will board our scheduled flight to Vilanculos, which lands in time for lunch and cocktails on the beach,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

Vilanculos is a popular beach holiday destination and gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is renowned for its spectacular beaches, marine life, restaurants, a variety of accommodation options as well as markets for fresh produce, arts and crafts.

Flight Schedule:

4Z 258 departs Nelspruit KMIA at 11.50 and arrives at Vilanculos at 13.00.

Airlink’s Lodge Link operates between Nelspruit KMIA and airstrips serving Phinda, Londolozi, Ulusaba and Arathusa game lodges.

Click here or visit for the latest Airlink flight schedule and route network map or use the new FlyAirlink App.

New FlyAirlink app

Customers may download the FlyAirlink smartphone app to plan, book, manage flights, view flight schedules, flight status, and much more. Customers can also book direct on or with a booking agent. Airlink Call Centre agents are contactable on tel: +27 011 451 7300 then select and press for option 1.

COVID-19 Health and Safety onboard Airlink flights

The health and safety of passengers and personnel are Airlink’s primary concern. Airlink’s aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA), which effectively block 99.97% of particulates, including Coronavirus molecules. These HEPA filters continually sterilize the air in our cabins, which is renewed entirely every three minutes.

Read more about the cabin air quality on Airlink’s Embraer E-JETS here and for its ERJ Regional Jet Cabin Air Quality here.

With Airlink you are safe and can fly with confidence – it’s easier than you think.

Biosecurity and Travel regulations 

For the latest regulations, travellers should check with the appropriate government authority of the country/ies they intend to visit. 

Click here for information on South Africa’s requirements. Please note that all arriving travellers are now required to provide a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test certificate, issued by an accredited laboratory in line with World Health Organisation standards, no more than 72 hours before the date of travel. South African Authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of presented PCR test certificates. Arriving travellers unable to produce a valid certificate will be required to quarantine, at their own cost.

For travellers flying from South Africa to other Southern African countries should click here for information on the important steps and items you will need to follow before and as your proceed through any South African airport. 

To view information on Mozambique’s travel requirements, please click on this IATA interactive map. Click it on the country(ies) you intend to visit and it will automatically display the most up-to-date guidance. The information displayed is updated whenever a country amends its travel requirements.

About Airlink

Airlink was established in 1992 and is an independent, privately-owned and BBBEE airline. It offers travellers a wide choice of flights across its comprehensive network of Southern African destinations, which it serves with a fleet of more than 50 modern jetliners.

Like its industrious sunbird icon, in 2019 Airlink carried more than two million customers on more than 63 000 flights. Its current network includes more than 35 destinations in 11 African countries. Airlink’s flight schedule is regularly updated and reflects the effects of COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions. The latest information is available on the Airlink website here. 

Airlink was South Africa’s most punctual airline in 2020** and it continues to be top of the class. In May 2021 97.69% of Airlink flights departed on-time, illustrating its laser-focus on providing customers with excellent and reliable service.

* Flights serving Madagascar and St Helena Island will resume when the current travel restrictions are lifted.
**measured by the Airports Company South Africa.