South African privately-run regional carrier Airlink, has confirmed that its schedule and operations are unaffected by South African Airways' (SAA) latest network cuts. The airline will operate services linking Johannesburg with Port Elizabeth, Entebbe, Ndola and Luanda after 29 February 2020, even though its franchise partner (code-sharing and schedule co-ordination agreements), South African Airways (SAA), will stop serving those destinations from that date.
Airlink has been operating flights to Entebbe, Uganda on behalf of South African Airways (SAA) and will continue these services without disruption after 29 February 2020.
Currently Airlink operates two flights a day to Ndola, Zambia, which will allow travellers booked on SAA's own flights to be re-accommodated on Airlink after 29 February 2020 with no interruption.
Airlink recently secured traffic rights to operate daily direct flights to Luanda, Angola. It will commence this service after 29 February 2020.
Tickets already issued for travel on South African Airways (SAA) flight numbers on these routes, after 29 February 2020, will remain valid, subject to re-accommodation by Airlink. Customers holding those tickets may apply to SAA for re-accommodation onto Airlink's flights. Those who do not want to be re-accommodated, may apply to South African Airways (SAA) for a refund in line with its Business Rescue refund policies.