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Airlink suspends Pretoria-Cape Town service

Posted 9 March 2018 · Add Comment

Airlink has issued a statement announcing the suspension of air services on its Pretoria-Cape Town route.


“This was not a decision taken lightly, but after almost three years, the route has not developed as we expected it would and in order to stem losses, we will suspend services from the 8th of May 2018,” said Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster. 

Since mid-August 2015 the Wonderboom – 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 have not helped,” explained Foster.  

“A compounding factor has been 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.

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