Airlink has announced it will resume direct flights between Johannesburg and Nampula from 16 September 2021, reviving business and tourism travel as well as vital air cargo transport between Mozambique’s northern capital and South Africa’s main commercial hub.
Bookings have reopened for Airlink’s twice-weekly service on the route, which was suspended in March last year, since which time it has only been possible to reach the city from South Africa via Maputo or Nairobi.
“Given Nampula’s strategic importance as northern Mozambique’s key commercial centre for mining, agriculture and tourism, Airlink is proud and excited to have the opportunity to support and serve businesses in this region. By providing the crucial air connectivity we are able to play our part in promoting the development of critically important commercial, trade and economic ties between South Africa and Mozambique,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.
Nampula is Mozambique’s third largest city and the capital of the province with the same name. It is situated 194 kilometres west and inland from the port towns of Nacala and Mozambique. It boasts a number of hotels and luxury lodges in the region including the new Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira 5-star boutique and luxury beach villas on the private island, Ilha Caldeira, just off the coast accessible by helicopter and light aircraft. The resort is scheduled to open in July 2022.
Airlink’s Johannesburg-Nampula service will be operated by modern Embraer Regional Jet aircraft and will provide travelers with seamless connectivity with Airlink flights across its comprehensive network of destinations within South Africa and throughout Southern Africa.
Airlink’s great value for money Economy Class fares include a 20kg free economy class checked in luggage allowance plus a 15kg sporting equipment allowance. Onboard, customers are treated to a complimentary light meal, refreshments, generous leg room and a choice of aisle or window seat (Airlink’s fleet of modern jet aircraft do not have any middle seats).
Flight Schedule – return flights will operate every Tuesday and Thursday
4Z 230 departs Johannesburg at 10.30, arriving at Nampula at 13.00
4Z 231 departs Nampula at 13.35, arriving at Johannesburg at 16.15
Photo: by @aviator_nic