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17 August 2022

Airlink to Partner with Federal Airlines - Lodge Link

Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline with the widest network of destinations, and Federal Airlines, South Africa’s leading air service provider flying shuttles out to some of Africa’s most stunning luxury safari lodges, have committed to a commercial partnership aimed at ensuring sustainable air access linking key Lowveld airports, such as Skukuza (“SZK”) and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (“KMIA”), with popular commercial game lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Northern KwaZulu Natal.

Federal Airlines will expand its air shuttle transfer services to incorporate Airlink’s current Lodge Link activities and will continue providing connectivity for game Lodge clients with Airlink flight arrivals and departures between Johannesburg and Cape Town and SZK and KMIA.

With effect from 1 September 2022, Airlink Lodge Link customers holding Sabi Sands bookings (including flights from Arathusa, Londolozi and between Skukuza and Nelspruit) will be accommodated on Federal Airlines flights. As from 01 October 2022, all Airlink’s Phinda Bookings will be accommodated on Federal Airline flights.

“Airlink will be rationalising its Lodge Link services to concentrate on its primary business and growing its expansive network within Southern Africa and further afield, whilst leaving the Lodge transfer services in the capable hands of Federal Airlines who are reputable specialists in this field of the air access arena. We have no doubt that Federal will offer Airlink clients the same level of service excellence that they are accustomed to”, reasoned Rodger Foster, Airlink’s CEO and Managing Director. Foster added that collaboration and consolidation of this nature is necessary to ensure the survivability of local air transportation.

Commenting on the partnership, Mark Hurst, Federal Airlines’ CEO and Managing Director stated “Federal Airlines is looking forward to extending its shuttle service provision and offering to Airlink and their customers as part of this partnership. The Lodge Link service is a well-known reliable established operation and integrating this into our flight network will ensure the continued service provision to Airlink’s worldwide travel and tourism trade partners, guests, and current lodge partners”.

All Airlink current ticketed reservations will be moved across to Federal Airlines on a rolling basis in batches with the first few weeks of September being moved first. Original flight times will be maintained as far as possible. All ticketed reservations and current pre-existing un-ticketed bookings will be accepted at the Airlink rate. For all future flight confirmations and to arrange bookings and payment for any pre-existing un-ticketed bookings, please contact Federal Airlines directly on: [email protected]. The Airlink Reservations Support Desk can be contacted as follows

About Federal Airlines

Federal Airlines (FedAir), is a renowned aviation company in South Africa, having become a leading air service provider operating shuttle flights to some of Africa’s most stunning luxury safari lodges. Flights operated by FedAir link lodges and key tourist destinations in the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, Northern Sabi Sands and Madikwe from Johannesburg and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

The airline is known for delivering a unique and seamless travel experience unparalleled in the market. Operating out of their own exclusive African-themed terminal departure lounges at both Johannesburg and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, guests enjoy the company’s high regard for exceptional customer service, reliability, safety and excellence.