Airlink’s new route halves Cape Town-Maputo flight time to boost trade, travel & tourism

(Posted 31st August 2022)

Airlink launched the first ever scheduled direct air service between Cape Town and Maputo earlier today.

The first flight departed from Cape Town on time at 17.10 and is due to arrive in Maputo, on time, at 19.40.  The first return flight is due to depart Maputo at 06.10 tomorrow morning, Thursday, and land in Cape Town at 09.00.  Airlink is operating a modern and efficient 37-seat Embraer 135 twin-engine jetliner to develop the route, which will initially be service with three return flights a week.

With this new Cape Town-Maputo service, Airlink is more than halving the travel time between two of the region’s major cities.  By making it easier and more efficient for people to do business Airlink will help to unlock fresh opportunities to boost trade commerce and tourism between the two markets.  It is also in line with our strategy to increase our choice of connections from Cape Town with key business and tourism destinations throughout Southern African,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

Cape Town Air Access is excited to welcome Airlink’s inaugural flight between Maputo and Cape Town. This addition increases the carrier’s expansive regional network to a total of six destinations and 51 frequencies a week, making Airlink the carrier with the most cross-border frequencies operated out of Cape Town. Maputo is a major destination for Cape Town with over 21 500 two-way international passengers recorded in 2019. A direct route between the two destinations is a great achievement and we wish Airlink all the success with their new route,” said Wrenelle Stander, CEO of Wesgro.

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).   

In addition to Maputo, Airlink already operates direct regional flights connecting Cape Town with Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Harare, Victoria Falls and Maun.  These services are scheduled to provide convenient onward connections with Airlink’s comprehensive domestic South African network and with long-haul flights operated by its various global carrier partners. 

Customers can book, manage and get the latest information about Airlink flights on, Airlink’s smartphone app or through travel agents.

Flight Schedule with effect from 31 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 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 South Africa’s most on-time airline over the last two years, with its fleet of more than 60 modern jetliners achieving a 96.70% average on-time performance for the year to date**.  

Airlink is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) member and accredited under its IOSA safety audit programme.

*  Flights serving Madagascar will resume when the current flight restrictions are lifted.

**measured by the Airports Company South Africa.

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