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16 February 2021

Cancellation of Easter Season Flights to Nosy Be

Airlink, the privately-owned regional airline, regrets to announce the further suspension of its service between Johannesburg and Nosy Be, Madagascar, up until 27 June 2021.

“We regret the impact this will have for those customers already holding confirmed bookings for the April Easter holidays. Unfortunately despite multiple efforts from the lodges on Nosy Be, the Nosy Be Tourism Authority and Ravinala Airports, we have to date been unable to obtain certainty as to when Madagascar intends to reopen its borders for regional travel. Accordingly this leaves us with no option but to cancel our planned flights on the route in the interim. Customers holding tickets will be able to rebook on a future flight at no additional cost,” said Airlink Managing Director and CEO, Rodger Foster.

“From the multiple engagements we have had with the Malagasy authorities, we are hopeful that the borders will re-open in time for Airlink to resume services for the June/July peak South African holiday season, followed by the August – October period which coincides with the return of the whale sharks to the island which is a exciting feature of any visit to the island.” he added.

Nosy Be is a unique Indian Ocean island destination which is growing in popularity with South African tourists who love the idea of a non-commercialized beach holiday destination offering plenty of opportunities for adventure. Activities include worldclass scuba-diving, snorkeling, kayaking, SUP'ing and sport fishing as well as exploring the unspoilt, pristine beaches & islands. This coupled with the unique flora and fauna including lemurs which are prolific in the area. To discover more about the destination visit

Airlink’s flight schedule is available on our website: Customers should consult Airlink’s website - manage, or contact our Reservations office on tel +27 11 451 7300 or their travel agencies for assistance with booking changes and refunds. 

About Airlink

Airlink is a privately-owned regional airline serving a comprehensive network of smaller destinations throughout Southern Africa. We operate independently under our own unique 4Z flight code, offering our customers more freedom, more choices and more travel opportunities. 

Look out for the Airlink sunbird on our striking new livery. Like our colourful feathered mascot, we are Southern Africa’s busiest airline and also its largest (measured by the number of flights we operate) carrier. In 2019 our fleet of more than 50 modern commercial jetliners carried two million customers on more than 63 000 flights, on 55 routes to 39 destinations in nine African countries and St Helena Island.

Airlink is proudly the most punctual South African airline for 2020* with an on-time performance consistently better than 95% and Year to date for January 2021* at 98.79%. This illustrates our determination and unwavering commitment to put our customers first by providing excellent and reliable service.

*measured by the Airports Company South Africa