(Posted 29th July 2022)
Airlink, Southern Africa’s privately owned airline, will launch the first direct flights between Cape Town and Maputo from 31st of August 2022. The announcement comes a day after United Airlines had announced nonstop flights between Washington DC and Cape Town. Airlink and United have a code share arrangement in place.
Airlink’s modern and efficient 37-seat Embraer 135 regional jets will be used to pioneer the new service, which will initially operate three times a week.
“Airlink is responding to the call of the travelling market for a direct service between the two coastal cities, which are also growing important centres of economic activity, including trade and tourism. By flying direct, instead of via Johannesburg, we will more than halve the door-to-door travelling time, putting more hours back in our customers’ hands to do business and to enjoy the variety of activities, attractions, food and culture that Maputo offers,” explained Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.
“This new route also supports Airlink’s strategy to grow and develop its network and schedule of flights connecting Cape Town with other key business and tourism destinations throughout Southern Africa,” he added.
Mozambique is an important market for Airlink, which currently provides flights from Johannesburg to Maputo, Beira, Nampula, Pemba, Tete and Vilanculos (which Airlink also serves directly from Mbombela/Nelspruit).
Tickets for flights on this new route have gone on sale. Customers can book, manage and get the latest information about Airlink flights on flyairlink.com, Airlink’s smartphone app or through travel agents.
Flight Schedule with effect from 31st of August 2022
4Z 489 depart Cape Town 17.10, arrive Maputo 19.40 (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday)
4Z 490 depart Maputo 06.10, arrive Cape Town 09.00 (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
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 55 modern jetliners achieving a 95.58% average on-time performance** in June 2022 and 96.29% for the year to date. Airlink is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) member and accredited under its safety audit programme.
* Flights serving Madagascar will resume when the current flight restrictions are lifted.
**measured by the Airports Company South Africa.