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  • Chidozie Uzoezie

Airlink Set to Increase Service to St Helena Island

Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline, is preparing to increase the frequency of flights between Johannesburg and Jamestown, St Helena Island to a weekly service from 15 October 2022.

This is in line with plans by the St Helena Government to lift COVID-19 quarantine, testing and mask-wearing restrictions from 8 August 2022 and the reopening of tourism facilities, including the South Atlantic island’s Mantis hotel, which is planning to open its doors again, from mid-October.

Airlink operates a modern 98-seat Embraer E-190 jetliner on the Johannesburg-St Helena route, with flights refuelling en route at Walvis Bay on the Namibian coast. The total journey time is approximately six hours. 

Flight 4Z131 departs Johannesburg at 09.00 and arrive Jamestown by 13.25 on Saturdays (the west-bound flight includes a 30min refuelling stop at Walvis Bay). Flight 4Z 132 departs Jamestown at 14.30 and arrive Johannesburg 21.15 on Saturdays (the east-bound flight is non-stop).

In addition to the scheduled flights, Airlink provides a monthly charter air service between St Helena and Ascension Island, which are almost 1,300kms apart.

Airlink began flying the Johannesburg-Jamestown route in November 2017 under contract to the St Helena Government and it is the island’s only scheduled airline service.

Established in 1992, Airlink currently flies to more than 45 destinations in 13 countries throughout Southern Africa, Madagascar and St Helena Island.

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