Airlink and Federal Airlines have committed to a commercial partnership aimed at ensuring sustainable air access linking key Lowveld airports – such as Skukuza and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport – with popular commercial game lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and northern KwaZulu Natal.

Federal Airlines will expand its air shuttle transfer services to incorporate Airlink’s current Lodge Link activities and will continue to provide connectivity for game lodge clients with Airlink flight arrivals and departures between Johannesburg and Cape Town and SZK and KMIA.

With effect from September 1, Airlink Lodge Link customers holding Sabi Sands bookings (including flights from Arathusa, Londolozi and between Skukuza and Nelspruit) will be accommodated on Federal Airlines flights. From October 1, all Airlink’s Phinda bookings will be accommodated on Federal Airlines flights.

“The Lodge Link service is a well-known, reliable, established operation and integrating this into our flight network will ensure the continued service provision to Airlink’s worldwide travel and tourism trade partners, guests, and current lodge partners,” says Mark Hurst, Federal Airlines CEO and MD.

All Airlink current ticketed reservations will be moved across to Federal Airlines on a rolling basis in batches, with the first few weeks of September being moved first. Original flight times will be maintained as far as possible.

All ticketed reservations and current pre-existing un-ticketed bookings will be accepted at the Airlink rate.

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