Airlink resumes flights to Nampula next month

 Airlink resumes flights to Nampula next month

Airlink resumes flights to Nampula next month.

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Airlink, the Southern African regional airline, is set to resume direct flights between Johannesburg and Nampula from 16 September 2021, reviving business and tourism travel as well as vital air cargo transport between Mozambique’s northern capital and South Africa’s main commercial hub.

Bookings have reopened for Airlink’s twice-weekly service on the route, which was suspended in March last year, since then it has only been possible to reach the city from South Africa via Maputo or Nairobi.

“Given Nampula’s strategic importance as northern Mozambique’s key commercial centre for mining, agriculture and tourism, Airlink is proud and excited to have the opportunity to support and serve businesses in this region. By providing the crucial air connectivity we are able to play our part in promoting the development of critically important commercial, trade and economic ties between South Africa and Mozambique,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

The move comes after the airline added flights to Maputo, Mozambique and Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo in April 2021 in response to rising demand for air travel between those cities and South Africa.

Nampula is Mozambique’s third largest city and the capital of the province with the same name. It is situated 194 kilometres west and inland from the port towns of Nacala and Mozambique.

It boasts a number of hotels and luxury lodges in the region including the new Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira 5-star boutique and luxury beach villas on the private island, Ilha Caldeira, just off the coast accessible by helicopter and light aircraft. The resort is scheduled to open in July 2022.

Airlink’s Johannesburg-Nampula service will be operated by modern Embraer Regional Jet aircraft and will provide travelers with seamless connectivity with Airlink flights across its comprehensive network of destinations within South Africa and throughout Southern Africa.

The Airline’s great value for money Economy Class fares include a 20kg free economy class checked in luggage allowance plus a 15kg sporting equipment allowance.

Return flights will operate every Tuesday and Thursday

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 and its network includes more than 30 destinations in 10 African countries and St Helena Island.

Airlink’s flight schedule is regularly updated and reflects the effects of COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions.

Airlink was South Africa’s most punctual airline in 2020. In June 2021 97.29% of Airlink flights departed on-time, illustrating its laser-focus on providing customers with excellent and reliable service.

Fidelity Hamilton Mhlanga

Fidelity Hamilton Mhlanga has been writing finance and business news over the past 5 years. He earned a BSC in Media and Society Studies and Masters of Development Studies from Midlands State University, in Zimbabwe. He follows mining, insurance, banking and energy stories. He is passionate about development and growth.

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