(Posted 05th April 2022)
Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline today launched its direct scheduled air service between Durban and Harare.
The first flight departed Durban’s King Shaka International Airport at 10.30 and arrived at Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airport at 12.40. The return service took off at 13.20 and touched down in Durban at 15.35 where the flight was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.
“The convenience, customer appeal and affordability of our new direct service will promote business, trade and travel between the two cities and enhance the economic competitiveness of the regions they support. They also describe the importance we attach to both markets. Durban is one South Africa’s top three economic hubs and Zimbabwe is South Africa’s biggest single trade and tourism market in the region,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.
Flights on the route operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Flights from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport depart at 10:30, landing at 12:40 at Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airport. The return service leaves from Harare at 13:20, touching down in Durban at 15:35. Travel time is approximately 2hrs 10 min.
Airlink operates the route with its Embraer ERJ135 Regional Jets on the route. Fares include a 20kg free economy class checked-in luggage allowance plus a 15kg sporting equipment allowance. Onboard, customers are treated to a complimentary light meal and refreshments. The cabins are designed for comfort with generous leg room and a choice of aisle or window seats – Airlink aircraft do not have middle seats.
Airlink flights are scheduled to provide convenient connections with their other domestic and regional services as well as with long-haul flights provided by their global airline partners.
COVID-19 Health and Safety onboard Airlink flights
The health and safety of customers and employees are Airlink’s primary concern. Airlink’s aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA), which effectively block 99.97% of particulates, including Coronavirus molecules. These HEPA filters continually sterilize the air in the cabins, which is renewed entirely every three minutes. Read more about the cabin air quality on Airlink’s Embraer Regional Jets here.
Biosecurity and Travel regulations
There are no restrictions on domestic travel in South Africa. International visitors should check here for South Africa’s current travel requirements.
Airlink was established in 1992 and is an independent, privately-owned, premier airline. Choice and reliability are Airlink hallmarks, with the airline serving more than 45 destinations in 13 countries throughout Southern Africa, Madagascar* and St Helena Island.
Airlink has consistently been the most on-time domestic airline over the last two years, with its fleet of more than 50 modern jetliners achieving a 97.87% average on-time performance** in February 2022. Airlink is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) member and accredited under its safety audit program.
* Flights serving Madagascar will resume when the current travel restrictions are lifted.
**measured by the Airports Company South Africa.