FlySafair and Emirates agreement strengthens connectivity in South Africa

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To strengthen connectivity on selected routes on FlySafair’s network the South African airline has partnered with Emirates on an interline agreement.

As well as enabling single-ticket travel for transferring passengers, the arrangement will create a more seamless journey as bags can be tagged at the beginning of the journey for those transferring through Emirates’ three gateways – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to FlySafair domestic hubs in South Africa, including Port Elizabeth, East London and George.

“We are excited to announce the launch of our interline agreement with Emirates Airline,” said Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer at FlySafair. “The superb service and vast route network that Emirates offers is world-renowned, and we are proud to have partnered with them in providing customers greater connectivity when travelling.”

He added that with FlySafair able to restart operations back in June it will be operating at full capacity as of November and operating just over 75% of the available domestic seat capacity in South Africa. “International traffic is still very limited given the various restrictions in place, but we are happy to report that there has been a slow and steady uptick in the volumes of flights we are selling through our connection agreements, like that with Emirates.”

Emirates is currently operating 17 flights a week into South Africa, having resumed operations at the country’s three primary hubs back in October. Emirates’ Senior VP Commercial Operations for Africa, Badr Abbas, commented that FlySafair’s network complements his carrier’s South African presence. “Together we will open up new travel opportunities, and more choice for customers wishing to travel domestically. We look forward to working together and strengthening our relationship into the future.”

Airlink

Windhoek welcomes return of Johannesburg link

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With Southern Africa continuing to relax its intra-Africa travel restrictions, Airlink, the South African domestic and regional carrier, is resuming direct flights between Johannesburg in South Africa and Windhoek in Namibia from 26 October. Earlier this week, the airline commenced flights between Cape Town and Windhoek and between Johannesburg and the Namibian port city of Walvis Bay.

“We can’t wait to re-establish this important connection between South Africa’s and Namibia’s main economic hubs and enabel all-important trade, business and tourism between what are two very closely connected markets,” said Airlink CEO Rodger Foster.

The restored daily service will be operated by an Embraer E190, with the number of flights likely to increase in the coming months. The additional flights will likely be operated by the airline’s smaller Embraer ERJ135 regional aircraft.

The connection between Johannesburg and Windhoek will provide passengers with seamless links to Cape Town and Durban. It will also allow connections with the airline’s domestic South African destinations, such as Bloemfontein, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Kimberley, Mthatha, Nelspruit, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Skukuza and Upington.