On Monday 02 June 2014, Airlink’s scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Skukuza, and Cape Town and Skukuza commenced operating.
The return of scheduled air services to Skukuza airport is momentous in the context of South African tourism as this now allows all tourism stakeholders and tourists the ability to gain direct access to a variety of important and recognised wildlife destinations within the Kruger Park and nearby Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and offers a far more integrated and effective product to the global market. Furthermore, seamless integration of the Skukuza wildlife product with other SA National Parks’ (SANParks) products, as well as with other neighbouring regional wildlife areas and natural attractions will permit Skukuza to serve as a hub and gateway to a unique portfolio of tourism “Eco leisure” properties.
The new Skukuza Airport terminal building, which has turned out to be an iconic architectural masterpiece, epitomises the relaxation imbued by an exclusive Game Lodge whilst offering operational efficiency. The new building has certainly lived up to its expected “Wow” status.
Airlink’s morning Johannesburg - Skukuza flight departs OR Tambo International at 10:00 and has been specifically timed to connect with the morning international arriving flight wave banks, as well as other connecting domestic and regional flights. The Cape Town – Skukuza flight departs at 10:35 arriving Skukuza at 13:05.
The morning Skukuza – Cape Town flight departs Skukuza at 11:20 and the return Skukuza - Johannesburg flight departs Skukuza at 13:20.
A second afternoon Johannesburg – Skukuza flight, will commence from 1 August 2014, departing OR Tambo international at 13:20 and returning from Skukuza at 14:50. The expanded schedule will provide tour operators and agents with additional flexibility when confirming their traveler’s itineraries.
A number of representatives from SANParks – Kruger Park and lodges from the Sabi Sand were on hand to witness the first flight arrival. All expressed excitement at the commencement of Airlink’s operations and the improved access and visitor convenience these will provide to this world renowned wild life destination.