Emirates eyes Southern Africa expansion in deal with Airlink

An Emirates Airliner
An Emirates airliner. PHOTO/COURTESY: emirates.com

UAE based carrier Emirates and regional airline Airlink have announced an interline agreement, widening Emirates’ reach into Southern Africa as countries begin opening their borders for travelers.

Emirates’ agreement with Airlink will provide its customers enhanced connectivity via its gateways Johannesburg and Cape Town to more than 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and more than 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa.

Emirates and Airlink will offer the ease of single-ticket travel and one-stop baggage check-in for customers transferring from Johannesburg and Cape Town to domestic points including Bloemfontein, George, Upington, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit, and Port Elizabeth, as well as points across Southern Africa like Gaborone, Kasane, Vilanculos, Maun, Victoria Falls, Maputo, Windhoek, Harare, Lusaka, Ndola, Bulawayo and Livingstone amongst many others.

Customers can book their travel with both airlines on emirates.com, through online travel agencies as well as with local travel agents.

 “Emirates is pleased to partner with Airlink on a new interline agreement that will help us strengthen our presence and give customers more choice, flexibility, and enhanced connections across 45 cities in Southern Africa. We are committed to our operations in South Africa, as we continue to look at ways to build our extended network for customers, and help them benefit with diverse travel options,” Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline commented on the newly formed partnership.

 “The interline agreement that has gone into effect with Airlink is only the start of further collaboration, and we are looking forward to exploring more opportunities to widen the scope of our partnership in the future,”

On his part, Airlink CEO, Mr. Rodger Foster underscored that the partnership with the UAE-based airline will provide greater travel options for customers in the region.

“We are confident that the relationship will deliver enhanced travel options to customers given the designed interconnectivity that will be enabled at O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. Airlink’s offering of connectable destinations includes most key points within Southern Africa such as; Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, Harare, Lusaka, Maputo, Gaborone, Windhoek, amongst many others.”

Emirates resumed its operations in Johannesburg and Cape Town on 1 October, and Durban on 8 October, following a six months hiatus owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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