Airlink bolsters Johannesburg flights to Madagascar as it restores services to pre-COVID levels

Nelspruit, South Africa – February 19, 2022: A low angle shot of an Airlink airplane flying over Nelspruit, South Africa

Airlink has reinstated weekly scheduled services between Johannesburg and Nosy Be effective 23 June 2023 as part of its drive to restore flights between South Africa and Madagascar to pre-pandemic levels.

It follows Airlink’s resumption of flights to Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, in January 2023 after the island republic lifted its ban on flights between the two countries which were suspended for nearly three years.

Turquoise blue water on a tropical island beach in Nosy Be Madagascar, Africa. (iStock – jordieasy

“Having just recently re-established connectivity between Johannesburg and Antananarivo, which is a predominantly business and trade route, Airlink is preparing to re-ignite tourism between the two countries by restarting its popular Nosy Be service,” CEO and MD, Airlink, Rodger Foster, said.

“In addition to visitors from Southern Africa, Airlink will be making Nosy Be more accessible than before thanks to the convenience and variety of connections with Airlink and its growing family of more than 20 global airline partners, via our main hub at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

“By reinstating the route, we are giving our customers yet another great destination to choose from.”

Nosy Be is a unique Indian Ocean Island situated off Madagascar’s north-west coast famous for its pristine beaches and unique fauna and flora, including the world-famous lemurs.

Prior to the pandemic, it had become increasingly popular with South African tourists.

Nosy Be (which is Malagasy for “Big Island”) is also ideally suited for outdoor adventure and water sport holidays in a non-commercialized environment.

To assist travellers wanting to take advantage of Nosy Be’s world-class scuba-diving, snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and sport fishing, Airlink provides a generous complimentary 15kg sporting equipment allowance in addition to the 20kg Economy Class checked-luggage allowance.

Airlink will operate its modern Embraer E-170 twin-engine jetliners on the Nosy Be service once a week to run concurrently with its three flights weekly between Johannesburg and Antananarivo.


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