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Airlink to resume flights between South Africa and Madagascar after 3-year Covid ban

The resumption of flights linking Johannesburg with Antananarivo follows the lifting of Madagascar’s Covid-19 travel restrictions and its subsequent ban on air services to and from South Africa.

“Airlink welcomes the Madagascar government’s lifting of the prohibition which lets us re-establish these air services that are vitally important economic, trade and tourism connections between the two countries. We are looking forward to re-connecting South Africa with Madagascar and resuming our role in support of the recovery of ties between the two markets,” says Rodger Foster, Airlink CEO and managing director.

Airlink will operate its modern and reliable flagship Embraer E-Jet airliners on the Johannesburg-Antananarivo route.

The Johannesburg-Antananarivo service will recommence with a single weekly flight on Mondays, increasing to three flights weekly from 14 February 2023 with the intention of re-instating daily services as demand increases.
Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport is well positioned for Madagascar-based businesses and travellers to access destinations within Southern Africa and in conjunction with Airlink’s airline partners, destinations in the Americas, UK and Europe,” it said.

Airlink will operate its modern and reliable flagship Embraer E-Jet airliners on the Joburg-Antananarivo route. The service will recommence on January 30, with a single weekly flight on Mondays, increasing to three flights weekly from February 14, with the intention of re-instating daily services as demand increases.

The airline said the resumption of services to Nosy Be, which is a popular and unique Indian Ocean beach destination renowned for its pristine flora and unique fauna, will be considered in due course. Customers can book and manage Airlink journeys and find information about destinations as well as health and safety onboard Airlink flights on the website, Airlink’s smartphone app or through travel agents.

Source: Reuters

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