Airlink has declared the suspension of air services on its Pretoria-Cape Town route effective 8 May 2018. The new route has not improved as expected after nearly three years and must be suspended to stem losses according to Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster.
Cape Town service has provided Tshwane-based government officials, private sector businesses and leisure travellers with a convenient service between Pretoria and the Mother City. Until recently, Airlink operated up to four daily return flights on the route.
“Sadly, the route has not become profitable, despite our collaborative best efforts – including significant marketing initiatives by the City of Tshwane, to promote the connection. The combination of operational constraints on the size of aircraft that can be used on the route and the poor state of the economy has not helped,” explained Foster.
“A compounding factor has been the government’s understandable and commendable belt-tightening efforts, which include cut-backs in government-related travel,” he added.
“We are not closing the door, as we believe the Pretoria-Cape Town connection is important and could potentially be viable in the future. With this in mind, we will continually re-assess the market and the economy so that we can resume the service when the conditions are conducive,” said Foster.
Customers holding confirmed tickets for travel after the 8 May 2018 will be re-booked on alternative SAA flights between OR Tambo International and Cape Town or offered a full refund. Customers with queries should contact either: Airlink Agent Helpline +27 11 451 7350 | Airlink Customer Care +27 11 451 7337 / 7371 / 7338 / 7395 or by email: email@example.com.