Airlink has announced the suspension of services on their Pretoria-Cape Town route.
CEO Rodger Foster said that the decision was not taken lightly, but that the route had not developed as expected in almost three years.
The service will be suspended from 8 May.
Until recently, Airlink operated up to four daily return flights on the route, using a combination of 83-seat Avro RJ85 and 37-seat Embraer ERJ135LR regional jets.
The airline says that the route has not been profitable, despite all collaborative efforts.
“We are not closing the door, as we believe the Pretoria-Cape Town connection is important and could potentially be viable in the future,” says Foster. “With this in mind, we will continually re-assess the market and the economy so that we can resume the service when the conditions are conducive.”
Customers holding confirmed tickets for travel after 8 May will be re-booked on alternative SAA flights between O.R. Tambo International and Cape Town, or offered a full refund.