October 27, 2020: Early October, Airlink has introduced domestic flights between Durban and Johannesburg.

The airline will be flying three daily flights from Monday to Friday and two daily flights on Saturdays and Sundays between OR Tambo International Airport and King Shaka International Airport, operating an Embraer E170 regional jet. The carrier has a fleet of more than 50 aircrafts, including E170s and E190s.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, affirmed, “Our main goal as government is to ensure that we provide the business community with the necessary support for them to function optimally, this new air service by Airlink helps us grow KwaZulu-Natal's air connectivity capacity, which will benefit both business and leisure travel to the province as we work to propel our economy.”

“We welcome Airlink's decision to commence scheduled services between Joburg and Durban, with the majority of the traffic on the route being business travel, we are confident that the airline has introduced the right aircraft to sustainably grow its presence on this route as we all begin to work to assure the public that it is once again safe to travel”, notes Hamish Erskine, Dube TradePort CEO and co-chair of Durban Direct.

Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, councillor Mxolisi Kaunda, welcomed this development. “The tourism sector is a key contributor to the city’s economy and the aviation industry is indispensable for tourism to boom. As our country has graduated to level one of lockdown, we are pulling all the stops to re-ignite tourism and in order to create much needed economic activities, not only in the city but in the townships,” said Kaunda.

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