Domestic airline Airlink plans to add two more routes to its roster of destinations South Africans can fly to.
The airline will open flights between Johannesburg and Lilongwe, and Blantyre, Malawi, from 4 September 2023.
Malawi will become the 16th country to be included in Airlink’s comprehensive route network – including Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, and Madagascar, among others.
The CEO said the flights on these routes will be operated by Embraer Regional Jets. Airlink noted that on these routes, the airline offers a free 20kg economy class checked luggage allowance plus a free 15kg sporting equipment allowance.
Flights on the new Lilongwe and Blantyre routes will operate at these times and days of the week from 4 and 5 September 2023, respectively:
“In addition to supporting the revitalisation of tourism, Airlink’s new routes will also be able to play a key role in the current Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, which aims to diversify the economy and build a wealthy, self-reliant and industrialised middle-income country,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director Rodger Foster.
Wildlife and tourism are vital to Malawi’s economy, and it was crowned as one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel Top Countries in 2022.
Tourist attractions include Lake Malawi (Africa’s third-largest lake, which is more like an inland sea), wildlife, adventure and its rich cultural heritage.
New routes that have been launched this year
Earlier this year, airline FlySafair was granted licences from the International Air Services Council (IASC) to open up three extra routes. IASC is the authoritative body that controls and grants licences for all domestic and international air services in South Africa.
FlySafair plans to establish flights to the following major areas:
- Windhoek, Namibia
- Harare, Zimbabwe
On top of this, the minister of tourism Patricia De Lille noted the opening of new flights, including those between Cape Town to New York and Washington by United Airlines and Air China’s resumed direct flight to South Africa.