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29 December 2020

Airlink Adjusts Early Morning and Late Evening Flight Schedule to Comply With South Africa’s New Curfew

Airlink, the South African-based domestic and regional airline, is adjusting its schedule of early morning and evening departures so that customers can comply with the country’s new curfew with minimal disruption to their travel plans.

The changes will affect Airlink flights that were originally due to depart prior to 08:00 and arrive after 20:00. These will be rescheduled to depart as soon after 08:00 as possible, and where applicable to arrive before 20:00. In some instances, flights might be consolidated. These schedule adjustments will provide customers departing on morning flights with sufficient time to commute to airports and complete the necessary health, security and immigration checks without breaking the curfew. It will also enable passengers landing on evening flights to complete the arrival procedures and commute to their homes or accommodation by the 21:00 curfew.

“The well-being and safety of our customers, crew and staff is our priority. At the same time we want to provide continuity so that our customers reach their intended destinations and that markets across Southern Africa remain connected with positive economic consequences. Thanks to our stringent application and adherence to bio-security protocols, we have been able to demonstrate that flying is the safest way to travel and that we can continue to support and enable business, tourism and trade without spreading the Coronavirus,” said Airlink Managing Director and Chief Executive, Rodger Foster.

The adjusted schedule will apply at least until the 15th January 2021 when the South African Government is due to review the efficacy of its adjusted Level 3 lockdown restrictions in slowing the rate of COVID-19 infections in hotspot areas.

Airlink will communicate schedule changes with holders of tickets for any affected flights. Customers should also consult the flight schedule on our website https://www.flyairlink.com/flightschedule

Customers can change their reservations using the “Manage My Booking” function on Airlink’s website https://www.flyairlink.com/ - manage or through their travel agents. Updates will also be available through Airlink Customer Care, Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 16:30pm on +27 11 451 7337 or via the flight schedule page on our website https://www.flyairlink.com/flightschedule

“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused by these temporary, but necessary, adjustments,” said Mr Foster.

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%. This illustrates our determination and unwavering commitment to put our customers first by providing excellent and reliable service.