Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline, has announced a new daily Johannesburg-Nairobi service, starting from 24 April 2023. The airline’s entry into the route marks a significant milestone, as it becomes the first private sector airline to offer flights on the popular business and leisure route.
The new service will be operated with Airlink’s state-of-the-art 98-seat Embraer E190 jetliners, providing travellers with comfortable and efficient travel. With the addition of Kenya to Airlink’s comprehensive sub-Saharan route network, Kenya becomes the 15th country and the third in East Africa to be served by the airline.
According to Airlink’s CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster, the new route supports the bilateral trade agreement signed by South Africa and Kenya in November 2022. The agreement aims to eliminate trade barriers and strengthen commerce and economic ties between the two major economies in key sectors and markets.
“This is also an important moment for Eastern – Southern Africa connectivity. With Airlink’s network now including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and most of the Southern Africa Development Community nations, we offer travellers the widest set of choices and convenient regional and inter-continental connections on our own aircraft and with our global carrier partners,” said Mr Foster.
The new service will also promote tourism in both markets, generating additional foreign travel spend. Airlink’s competitive services will offer travellers more choices and greater convenience, making travel between South Africa and Kenya more accessible and affordable.
Flights on the new route will operate daily, departing Johannesburg at 09:40 and arriving in Nairobi at 14:45. The return flight will depart Nairobi at 15:45 and arrive in Johannesburg at 19:05.
With this new addition, Airlink is reinforcing its position as one of the leading airlines in the region, committed to providing travellers with comfortable, and safe travel with its extensive sub-Saharan route network.