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Airlink introduced domestic flights between Durban and Johannesburg early in October. Airlink is a privately owned, independent local airline that is leading the restoration of air service in Southern Africa, with its fleet of more than 50 aircraft including E170s and E190s
KwaZulu Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, affirmed that government’s main goal is to ensure that they provide the business community with the necessary support for them to function optimally.
“This new air service by Airlink helps us grow KwaZulu-Natal’s air connectivity capacity, which will benefit both business and leisure travel to the province as we work to propel our economy.” Said Dube Ncube.
“We are confident that the airline has introduced the right aircraft to sustainably grow its presence on this route as we all begin to work to assure the public that it is once again safe to travel.” Noted Hamish Erskine, TradePort CEO and co-chair of Durban Direct.
The airline will be flying three daily flights from Monday to Friday, and two daily flights on Saturdays and Sundays between OR Tambo International Airport and King Shaka International Airport, operating an Embraer E170 regional jets, which comfortably seats 74 passengers including a business class.
Mayor of eThekwini Municipality, Mxolisi Kaunda welcomed this development.