On Sunday, 20th March 2016, an Airlink Embraer ERJ 135 regional jet aircraft touched down at the Madagascan island destination Nosy Be. This flight heralds the return of direct services between Johannesburg and Nosy Be, the start of a new important link, providing leisure travellers from the four corners of the world with efficient and reliable air access to Nosy Be Madagascar.

The aircraft turning onto the main apron at Nosy Be, with the lush green island foliage as a back-drop

Dignitaries listen to the speakers at the welcoming function which was held at the airport

The arrival of the Airlink flight was celebrated at a welcoming function hosted by the Honourable Ulrich Andriantiana, Madagascar’s Minister of Tourism, Transport and Meteorology

Nosy Be (Big Island in Malagasy) is a large tropical island, located off the North-Western tip of Madagascar, covering an area of 320 square kilometres. The island boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean, lined with coconut palms and caressed by turquoise waters, offering that remote, idyllic, tropical island experience that we all dream about. There are numerous quality hospitality properties located on Nosy Be, and accommodation options include many smaller islands located nearby, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia, and Nosy Tanikely.

Sea lovers will be able to indulge in their passions of world-class scuba diving and snorkelling, sport fishing, cruising on fully-crewed catamarans and sea kayaking or simply lazing on the beach. As the climate is mild, winds are moderate and the ocean is normally calm. Hoteliers and leisure activity service providers are proud, passionate and professional.
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Looking towards the mainland and ‘Russian bay’ from one of the resorts with dusk and evening showers approaching

Nosy Be offers travellers a taste of everything Malagasy, the endangered and unique lemurs, chameleons, pristine national parks and marine reserves, local rum and delicious seafood, beaches and activities. A visit to Nosy Be does not restrict you to one destination. As it is part of an Archipelago one is able to take day-trips or longer charters to enjoy the multiple smaller islands and bays in the area. With more than 5,000 quality hotel and lodge beds, Nosy Be caters for all tastes and budgets.

Air access to Nosy Be has historically been difficult, which has deterred visitation. Now, however, with Airlink’s weekly flight operating on Sundays directly from Johannesburg to Nosy Be, getting there is easy. Airlink looks forward to sharing with you the delights of Nosy Be.

Benefits for travellers on Airlink include Voyager Miles, and convenient connections with SAA and its partner flights. Book your flight with your booking agent or SAA Central Reservations on +27 11 978 1111.

Travellers also have the freedom to book flights online, visit www.flyairlink.com

For more information contact:

Karin Murray (Airlink) Tel: +27 11 451 7300