Airlink's wings clipped after Mthatha airport downgrade

Airlink will temporarily suspend its air services between Johannesburg and Mthatha in the Eastern Cape as a result of the downgrading of the town’s airport by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airlink has said.

In a statement issued on its website on Thursday, the airline said the suspension would be effective from Friday 25 January.

"The airport has been downgraded by the SACAA with immediate effect and as a result is unable to accommodate safe scheduled passenger air services," the statement said.

"We sincerely regret the inconvenience that this service disruption will cause to our customers, but it is in the interest of the safety and well-being of our customers, crews and aircraft, which is our top priority," said Airlink CEO & Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

Airlink would work with the Mthatha airport management on a short-term interim solution in the interests of delivering continued services to customers, such as deploying smaller aircraft that would be able to operate safely, Foster added.

A further announcement would be made on Friday, Airlink said.

Customers were advised to contact their booking agent, SAA Reservations or Airlink Reservations on 011 451 7350 for refunds or any assistance with their confirmed reservations, as well as for updated information on flights to and from Mthatha, or visit https://www.flyairlink.com/news.

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