Airlink's origins are rooted in three small airlines, Magnum Airlines, Border Air and City Air, which merged to form Link Airways in the ‘80s. Subsequently, Link Airways was liquidated in 1992. After Rodger Foster and Barrie Webb, the two founders, had successfully bid for the business, they named the newly acquired airline ‘Airlink’.
The airline has developed into South Africa's first feeder network, specifically aimed at linking the smaller towns, the regional centres and hubs throughout South Africa.
In 1997 SA Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express in a powerful strategic alliance which led to the establishment of the leading aviation network in Africa.
Today, Airlink is largest independent regional airline in southern Africa, linking passengers to the smaller towns, cities and regional centres than any other local airline servicing more than 30 destinations in Southern Africa, utilising a fleet of Jetstream 41 aircraft, ERJ 135 jet aircraft and BAe RJ85 aircraft.
The airline currently carries more than one million passengers annually by way of 35,000 flight missions. Airlink is proud to note that, despite fluctuations in the country’s economy, it has shown growth in every single year of its existence. Our passenger profile represents 30% leisure and 70% business.
Airlink is a member of IATA - The International Air Transport Association. IATA is the trade association for airlines across the globe. IATA support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. IATA assists airlines to operate safely, securely, efficiently and economically under clearly defined rules.
Airlink obtained its fourth consecutive IATA Operational Safety Certificate - IOSA- after successful audits from 2012.
In June 2012, a 32.51% stake of the company changed hands in a landmark broad-based black economic empowerment transaction. The new investor is the Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust (‘SIOC-cdt’), which made the acquisition through its investment arm, Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust Investment Holdings.
Airlink’s origins are rooted in three small airlines, Magnum Airlines, Border Air and City Air, which merged to form Link Airways in the ‘80s. Subsequently, Link Airways was liquidated in 1992. After Rodger Foster and Barrie Webb, the two founders, had successfully bid for the business, they named the newly acquired airline ‘Airlink’.
Airlink operates as a Regional Feeder Airline System which is a component of a large composite Network Airline Transportation System that includes the component systems of South African Airways and South African Express Airways. The interrelationship of the component airlines is styled the "Alliance".