Airlink says it will kick-start operations under its own “4Z” flight code with effect from 11 June 2020; this will enable Airlink to develop more routes and frequencies on an independent basis, as well as extend opportunities to establish new agreements with leading international airlines.
Airlink and South African Airways (SAA) will replace the existing franchise agreement with a new commercial arrangement from 11 June 2020. While the current partnership arrangement sees Airlink flights carry the “SA8” flight designator, the new commercial agreement will see Airlink operate with its unique “4Z” code in a seamless transition and with minimum inconvenience to customers.
Rodger Foster, Airlink CEO and Managing Director, states: “Marketing and selling flights under our own 4Z code is an exciting development for Airlink as we propagate our business and take advantage of new market opportunities. At the same time, we will be able to strengthen our vital partnership with SAA.”
“We sincerely regret any short-term inconvenience these changes may cause for our customers. This represents the best way to ensure we continue serving all our passengers in a seamless manner, whilst also securing the best interests of Airlink, its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders for the future,” Foster adds.
He further reveals: “While we intend working with SAA’s business rescue practicitioners to find a solution that enables SAA to continue playing its important role in the Southern African market, we have a responsibility to take action to preserve Airlink’s viability as a financially-robust, independent and privately-owned airline. However, should SAA’s circumstance worsen, then Airlink will activate the transition sooner – immediately, if necessary.”
Also, tickets already in issue for travel on flights with “SA8” flight numbers from 11th June 2020 will remain valid for travel subject to being re-accommodated. Airlink says it will work with travel agents, tour operators and customers to expedite the re-accommodation by Airlink.