Southern Africa’s privately-owned airline, Airlink is to restart scheduled services between Johannesburg in South Africa and Antananarivo in Madagascar from 30 January, 2023. The route will be served on Embraer E-Jet aircraft and will initially be operated once a week on Mondays, increasing to three weekly flights from mid-February. Daily services are expected to be re-instated as demand increases.
The return of the service between the two African cities follows the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions in Madagascar and its ban on air services to and from South Africa.
Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster, is delighted to be resuming the service and commented that “As the designated South African carrier to Madagascar, Airlink welcomes the Madagascar Government’s lifting of the prohibition, which lets us re-establish these air services that are vitally important economic, trade and tourism connections between the two countries. We are looking forward to re-connecting South Africa with Madagascar and resuming our role in support of the recovery of ties between the two markets.”
Passengers travelling between the two hubs will also be able to access Airlink’s wider network across Southern Africa more easily, as well as those served by its airline partners in the Americas, Europe and Australia.