Airlink to take over four discontinued SAA routes

Airlink has announced it will operate four of the routes discontinued by South African Airways (SAA), the company said.

South African Airways, a franchise partner of Airline, is discontinuing the flights as part of an effort to streamline its network.

Discontinued flights include all its domestic flights except Johannesburg-Cape Town, regional flights from Johannesburg to Abidjan, Entebbe, Luanda and Ndola, and intercontinental services to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Munich and Sao Paulo.

But private South African carrier Airlink — which has a franchise agreement in place with SAA — says it will continue to operate the domestic route linking Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, as well as services to Ugandan city Entebbe, Ndola in Zambia and the Angolan capital Luanda in its own right when SAA stops its services from 29 February.