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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1995
Hubs OR Tambo International Airport
Focus cities King Shaka International Airport
Cape Town International Airport
Alliance Star Alliance (affiliate)
Subsidiaries Swaziland Airlink
Fleet size 37
Destinations 31
Company slogan Freedom of the African Sky
Headquarters Greenstone Hill Office Park, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

SA Airlink (Pty) Ltd. is an airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is privately owned and has developed into South Africa's first feeder network aimed at linking the smaller towns, regional centers and hubs throughout South Africa. It has code-sharing and schedule co-ordination agreements with South African Airways and South African Express.


  • History 1
  • Destinations 2
  • Fleet 3
  • Incidents and accidents 4
  • Head office 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Airlink was formed in 1995 and incorporated a range of other airlines: Midlands Aviation (founded in 1967), Lowveld Aviation Services, Magnum Airways, Border Air, Citi Air and Link Airways. It has a 40% share in Swaziland Airlink. In 1997 Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express Airways in a strategic alliance which is governed by a franchise agreement.

On 23 December 2009 the SA Civil Aviation Authority grounded their fleet of 13 BAe Jetstream 41 planes.[2][3] Following audits of the airline's procedures and inspection of the grounded aircraft they were returned to service. A problem with a seal in the aircraft's Honeywell engines was found to be the cause of the safety issues.[4]


Airlink Avro RJ85

As of December 2012 Airlink serves the following destinations:[5]

Hub Hub
¤ Focus Cities
^ Future destinations
[T] Terminated destinations


The Airlink fleet consists of the following aircraft as of 4 October 2015:[9]

Incidents and accidents

  • On 24 September 2009, Airlink Flight 8911, a BAe Jetstream 41, crashed in the suburb of Merebank shortly after takeoff from Durban International Airport, injuring its crew of three and one person on the ground.[10][11] The captain, Allister Freeman, died as a result of complications from his injuries on 7 October 2009.[12]

Head office

Airlink's head office is in the 11th office block of the Greenstone Office Park in the Greenstone Hill suburb of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa .[18][19][20]

Previously Airlink had its head office in Bonaero Park.[21]


  1. ^ "CONTRACTIONS FAAO JO 7340.2". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "S. Africa Grounds 14 Airlink Planes on Safety Fears (Update1)". Bloomberg. 24 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "Airlink to commence Cape Town � Windhoek flights 6 October 2014". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  4. ^ " - Airlink Jetstream fleet all fit to fly". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Skukuza Flight Schedule � Now Available for Bookings". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "SA Airlink Adds Johannesburg – Sishen Service from late-Sep 2014". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "SA Airlink extends bush beach offering". Fin24. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Airlink Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Crash plane declared emergency". IOL. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Airlink to commence Cape Town � Windhoek flights 6 October 2014". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Plane crash-lands in George". News24. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  13. ^ Hradecky, Simon (2009-12-07). "Accident: SA Airlink E135 at George on Dec 7th 2009, overran runway". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  14. ^ "Airlink plane overshoots George runway".  
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ "Business Day - Airlink in clear, ACSA blamed for George near-disaster". Business Day Live. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Map." Airlink. Retrieved on 6 February 2011.
  18. ^ "Contact us." Airlink. Retrieved on 6 February 2011. "Head Office (Modderfontein) [...] No.3, Greenstone Hill Office Park, Emerald Boulevard, Greenstone Hill, Modderfontein PO Box 7529, Bonaero Park, 1622, South Africa."
  19. ^ "Company Announcement: Barrow’s Latest Greenstone Hill Office Building Leased." Barrow Properties. 13 August 2009. Retrieved on 28 July 2010.
  20. ^ "contact us." Airlink. 1 August 2008. Retrieved on 6 February 2011. "Head Office (Bonaero Park - Map)"

External links

  • Airlink
  • Airlink fleet
  • Airlink aircraft
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