Airlink, a South African regional airline, has launched its latest service between Johannesburg and Nairobi, Kenya. This marks the first private-sector airline to operate this route, providing business and leisure travellers with more options when travelling between these two major centres as reported by Engineering News.
Airlink CEO and MD, Rodger Foster, expressed enthusiasm for the new service and stated that it is an important but under-served route between two significant economic hubs, which had no competition since 2019. The airline operates this route with its 98-seat Embraer E-190 airliners, with the first service into Nairobi flown by registration ZS-YAU, receiving the traditional water cannon salute upon arrival.
Flights between Johannesburg and Nairobi are coded 4Z 070 and depart Johannesburg at 09h40, arriving in Nairobi at 14h45. Return flights are coded 4Z 071 and depart Nairobi at 15h45, arriving in Johannesburg at 19h05. The service is available daily.
Foster emphasized that Airlink’s entrance on the route aims to strengthen bilateral tourism, trade, and economic ties between South Africa and Kenya. The airline hopes to promote tourism in both markets by offering competitive and convenient flights that let travellers take advantage of visa-free requirements for Kenyans visiting South Africa and South Africans wanting to visit Kenya.
Nairobi is the third major East African city served by Airlink, following Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and Entebbe in Uganda. Passengers travelling to Nairobi with Airlink will also be able to connect to the airline’s domestic South African and regional Southern African networks, as well as with Airlink’s intercontinental partner airlines.
Airlink’s E-190s have a two-class cabin configuration – Business class and Economy class. Business class passengers have a 30 kg check-in baggage allowance, while Economy class passengers are allowed 20 kg (plus a 15 kg sporting equipment allowance).
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