Competition on Mthata route heats up as Airlink adds third flight from Jozi


Cape Town - Airlink has announce that it will be introducing a third flight between Johannesburg and Mthatha on 5 September 2016.

The additional flights will operate Mondays to Fridays and will depart from OR Tambo International at 12:00 arriving at Mthatha at 13:15. The return flight will depart from Mthatha at 13:35 arriving at OR Tambo International at 14:50.

Afternoon flights have also been added on Saturdays and Sundays departing from OR Tambo at 14:30 arriving at Mthatha at 15:45. The return flight will depart from Mthatha at 16:30 arriving at OR Tambo at 17:45.

“The new additional flights have been timed to be able to increase flexibility and convenience for our customers and will provide the opportunity for travellers arriving from other points within the global network to connect more easily to our Mthatha flights”, said Karin Murray, Airlink’s Sales and Marketing Manager.

“This includes not only international travellers arriving on morning long-haul flights at OR Tambo but also domestic travellers coming from points within the regions, such as Cape Town and Durban”, added Murray.

The addition of a 19th aircraft to Airlink’s Embraer ERJ135 37 seat regional jet fleet has made the additional flights possible. The third flight will also allow Airlink to introduce additional capacity on the route and compensate for the fact that Airlink had to downgrade the capacity of aircraft used on the route from an Avro RJ85 85 seat regional jet, to an Embraer ERJ135 37 seat regional jet, as a result of operational constraints at the airfield.

To celebrate the introduction of these flights, Airlink is offering an all-inclusive special published fare from R804 one way, seats are limited, terms and conditions apply.

SEE: Fly Blue Crane to launch competitive Mthatha to Joburg route

Competition on the route is also expected to heat up on the route, which is ultimately a good thing for the consumer. Fly Blue Crane will be flying Mthatha to Johannesburg from October 1‚ with tickets expected to cost R799. 

The new low-cost airline has been heralded as "a game-changer", as the airline is set to offer competitive rates on flights are usually priced at an estimated R3 000. 

Fly Blue Crane will initially offer two flights a day between Mthatha and Johannesburg, with the airline said to be in the final stages of planning the route. Traveller24 contacted Fly Blue Crane but no further details on the route were available. 

The airline, which typically only offered flights to micro-cities within SA's borders announced its regional debut in May, after receiving approval from South African and Namibian authorities to launch services between Cape Town and Windhoek in Namibia.

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