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Airlink - Johannesburg to Maun, daily

Airlink - Johannesburg to Maun, daily

Airlink - Johannesburg to Maun, daily

Airlink commenced its daily scheduled Johannesburg – Maun flights on Friday (15 June 2012). The addition of this route brings Airlink’s route network to a total of 29 destinations serviced, of which 14 are over-border destinations. Airlink operates up to 3,000 flights per month and will in this financial year carry just over 1 million passengers through its network.
The opportunity to operate on the Johannesburg - Maun route is extremely pleasing for Airlink and we are very grateful to the authorities of South Africa and Botswana, who have awarded and accepted Airlink’s designation on this route.  Airlink was warmly welcomed to Maun by the Minister of Transport and Communication Honourable Nonofo Molefhi and various key tourism stakeholders who are based in Maun.

Airlink’s believes that the opening up of the Johannesburg – Maun route to a second carrier is of significance to the tourism industry as not only will this complement the incumbent carrier Air Botswana’s services but will also open up additional source markets to the globally renowned Okavango Delta destination. Airlink as a franchisee of South African Airways is able to interface seamlessly with SAA and its global Star Alliance partners’ networks.  This will mean that travellers from  parts of the globe where previously it was found difficult to access the Okavango Delta via Maun, including East Asia and South America, will now enjoy added convenience and connectivity.

Airlink will initially operate the daily Maun service using one of its 10 Embraer ERJ 135 37seat regional jets. It does however plan to increase capacity in line with market demand, such capacity being provided by one of its 8 Avro RJ85 83seat regional quad jets.
Airlink is quietly proud of the fact that it consistently achieves high levels of service reliability and on-time performance. Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) reflects on its web site that for the calendar year 2012 to date, Airlink ranks as the top on time performing airline measured over the three main domestic ACSA airports (OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban), with an average of 92.61% of its flights departing on-time*.

The African Safari experience is a product marketed globally with multiple countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and South Africa competing aggressively for their share of the market. Botswana and the Okavango Delta feature a unique swamp and wildlife game viewing experience.  Whilst the ongoing global economic down-turn gives reason for concern Airlink believes that its improved global connectivity and wide marketing reach will contribute to growth in the market, as well as provide additional capacity during the coming peak months. 

Airlink looks forward with enthusiasm to playing a role in the growth of this market to the benefit of all tourism product stakeholders.

*On-time performance is measured according to global standards and measures actual departure/arrival time against a 15 minute window of the published departure/arrival time.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

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