South African regional carrier Airlink will from 31 July 2018 introduce further enhancements to its Cape Town <> Hoedspruit services. In order to be able to address the concerns raised by the trade and lodges as to the late arrival in Hoedspruit, which has impacted guests' afternoon game drives in Kruger National Park and the surrounding private wildlife reserves, the airline's revised schedule (Mondays to Sundays) will see flights from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town to Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) in Hoedspruit depart at 10:50 (was 12:20) and arrive at 13:20 (was 14:50). The return flight from Hoedspruit will depart at 14:00 (was 15:20) and arrive in Cape Town at 16:40 (was 18:00).
From September 2018, Airlink will introduce one of its 98-seat Embraer 190 E-Jet to the route which will provide customers with enhanced comfort by way of 92 economy class seats with a generous seat pitch, and 6 expansive business class seats. The E-Jet cabin layout features two plus two abreast seating, with large eye-level windows allowing in lots of natural light, and ample overhead bin space to accommodate carryon items. Every seat offers either a window or an aisle option.