15 Feb 2024

Back By Popular Demand – Airlink’s “Bush & Beach” Direct Mbombela - Vilanculos Flights


15 February 2024, JOHANNESBURG – By popular demand, Airlink, Southern Africa’s premier airline, will again provide its peak season “bush & beach” service linking Mbobela’s (formerly Nelspruit) Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport with Vilanculos, Mozambique’s famous coastal resort destination and Johannesburg.

The direct service, which provides tourists with the ability to combine a safari and a beach holiday, will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 01 July 2024 and run until 05 January 2025, however, tickets for flights on the route are already available. The seasonal route will augment Airlink’s year-round daily direct Johannesburg-Vilanculos service.

“In reprising this routing option for the coming season, Airlink is responding to broad popular demand from tourists and calls from the travel industry for a convenient schedule that lets visitors make the most of their vacation time and enjoy both uniquely Southern African experiences,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

Mbombela is the gateway to the world-famous Kruger National Park and neighbouring private game lodges as well as spectacular vistas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck, the Three Rondavels and several waterfalls. Vilanculos is a popular beach holiday destination and gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. It is renowned for its spectacular beaches, marine life, restaurants, a variety of accommodation options as well as markets for fresh produce, arts and crafts.

Flights on the route will be operated by modern and reliable Embraer Regional Jets. Airlink’s great value fares include a 20kg free economy class checked-in luggage allowance plus a 15kg sporting equipment allowance. Onboard, customers are treated to a complimentary snack and refreshments. Our comfortable cabins provide travellers with generous leg room and a choice of aisle or window seat - Airlink aircraft do not have middle seats.

Airlink flights are scheduled to provide convenient connections with our other domestic and regional services as well as with long-haul flights provided by our constellation of global airline partners.

Flight Schedule between 01 July 2024 – 05 January 2025:

Flight No. Days of week Depart Time Destination Arrival Time

Flight No. Days of week Depart Time Destination Arrival Time

Flight No. Days of week Depart Time Destination Arrival Time

4Z 258 MQP 1220 VNX 1330

4Z 263 VNX 1425 JNB 1610

About Airlink

Airlink was established in 1992 and is Southern Africa’s premier privately-owned regional airline. Airlink serves these cities and other destinations throughout Southern Africa as well as Madagascar and St Helena Island. It offers worldwide connections through its partners, which include many trusted and well-known inter-continental brands and its FlyNamibia franchise.

In addition, Airlink has launched its innovative “Skybucks” frequent flyer rewards programme.

Airlink has consistently been South Africa’s most on-time airline over the last two years*, with its fleet of more than 60 modern jetliners achieving a 91.55 % average on-time performance so far this year.

Airlink is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) member and accredited under its safety audit programme.

* measured by the Airports Company South Africa.

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