Nov 29, 2021

Airlink Set To Resume Daily Polokwane Flights From Mid-October

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In April, commercial flights were suspended from landing or flying from the airport because of non-compliance.

FILE PHOTO: Airlink set to resume route from Johannesburg to Polokwane later this month. PICTURE: Business Day

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JOHANNESBURG: Airlink CEO and managing director, Rodger Foster says the flights will serve up three times a day. 

The independent regional airline, Airlink is expected to resume scheduled air services between Johannesburg and Polokwane from 18th October 2021 as commercial flights were suspended early this year. 

In April, commercial flights were suspended from landing or flying from the airport because of non-compliance. 

The province’s biggest airport was downgraded from Category 7 to 2 by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). 

The five-month suspension enabled Polokwane Gateway Airports Authority time to upgrade its emergency services to comply with regulatory requirements. 

The only commercial flight carrier operating from Polokwane is set to commence additional flights from 23 October. 

Airlink CEO and managing director, Rodger Foster says the flights will serve up three times a day. 

‘‘The Johannesburg to Polokwane route is important for business travellers and plays a crucial role in supporting Limpopo’s economy. We are looking forward to resuming our regular flights,” Foster said.     

The Airlink is ranked as South Africa’s most punctual airline with its fleet of more than 50 modern jetliners serving more than 45 destinations in 13 countries. 

Transport and Community Safety MEC Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya welcomed the reinstatement of commercial flights at the airport after being given a green light to resume operations. 

“A team from the Department of Transport and Community Safety was assembled with the assistance of other stakeholders to attend to the findings in order to restore commercial activities in the province’s biggest airport,’’ she said. 

Ramakhanya has thanked the people of Limpopo and South Africa for their patience from April until now. 

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