Airlink assures it’s ops normal in spite of SAA business rescue


SA Airlink has assured its customers that operations are continuing as per normal in spite of the announcement that South African Airways (SAA) will be entering voluntary business rescue.

SA Airlink is privately owned but is an SAA code-share and franchise business partner.

“Airlink flights and schedule will continue to operate as normal regardless of South African Airways being placed in business rescue,” the airline said on 5 December.

“As a creditor and business partner, we have been concerned about SAA’s financial crisis. However, Airlink is a financially sound, commercially agile and robust business with the resilience to see out the storm. Airlink customers can be assured there will be no disruptions to our schedule as a result of the latest SAA developments and we will continue to do business as usual,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

“Airlink welcomes President Ramaphosa’s instruction and the SAA Board’s decision for SAA to be placed in Business Rescue and the associated funding commitments. It is a watershed moment for our entire industry and will no doubt herald change. Crucially, it averts any immediate and uncontrolled collapse of SAA and should provide clarity and greater security to Airlink, SAA’s other creditors and stakeholders, but most importantly the traveling public and our customers,” he added.

“It enables Airlink to take a carefully-considered approach in charting our course going forward, ensuring we remain strong and sustainable. Crises always present new opportunities and we will be ready for these,” concluded Foster.

As a regional feeder airline, Airlink carries more than 1.9 million passengers on more than 60 000 flights annually to more than 55 routes and 37 destinations in nine African countries across the region.