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Founded 1995
Hubs OR Tambo International Airport
Fleet size 22
Company slogan Freedom of the African Sky
Headquarters Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa

Airlink is an airline based in 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 is no longer part of an alliance with South African Airways and South African Express, but still maintains various co-operative agreements. Airlink has its head office on the grounds of OR Tambo Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.[1][2]



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 49% share in Zimbabwe Airlink and a 40% share in Airlink Swaziland. In 1997 Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express Airways in a strategic alliance, and was rebranded as South African Airlink, but this partnership was discontinued in early 2006 and the airline returned to its original name - Airlink.


Airlink serves the following destinations (as of April 2009)[3]:


The Airlink fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 16 March 2010[4]:

Airlink Fleet
Aircraft In
Stored Passengers
Avro RJ85 3 1 83 (14/69)
83 (0/83)
Leased from Safair.
1 Aircraft stored
at Johannesburg
BAe 146-200 4 0 97 (0/97)
Embraer ERJ 135LR 8 0 37 (0/37)
BAe Jetstream 41 13 0 29 (0/29)
Total 29 1

Incidents and accidents

  • On September 24, 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.[5][6] The captain, Allister Freeman, died as a result of complications from his injuries on 7 October 2009. [7]
  • On 18 November 2009, Airlink BAe Jetstream 41 (registration:ZS-OMZ) on flight SA-8488 veered off the runway while taking-off from Port Elizabeth Airport to East London. All of the 32 passengers and crew were uninjured. The airline attributed the incident to bad weather with decreased visibility, rain and wind present.[8]
  • On 7 December 2009, an Airlink Embraer ERJ 135 (registration:ZS-SJW) on scheduled flight SA-8625, overshot the runway when trying to land in wet weather at George Airport; no fatalities were reported.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ "Download a map to Airlink's Head Office." Airlink. Retrieved on 30 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Background." Ekurhuleni. 3 (3/8). Retrieved on 30 September 2009.
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  4. ^ Airlink Current Fleet
  5. ^ "Crash plane declared emergency". IOL. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 
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  7. ^ Hradecky, Simon (2009-11-18). "Incident: SA Airlink JS41 at Port Elizabeth on Nov 18th 2009, veered off runway on takeoff". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 08 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Plane crash-lands in George". News24. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  9. ^ Hradecky, Simon (2009-12-07). "Accident: SA Airlink E135 at George on Dec 7th 2009, overran runway". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 07 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Airlink plane overshoots George runway". Mail & Guardian. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 07 December 2009. 
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