Airlink to acquire new aircraft

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The recent conclusion of a finance deal between Nedbank Capital and Airlink will enable the privately-owned South African airline to expand its network of feeder routes within South Africa to include fully integrated city to game lodge flight options.

Nedbank Capital’s Aircraft Finance division will provide the funding for Airlink to purchase four new Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft that will fly tourists directly to four game lodges within the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.

The acquisition of the Cessna aircraft is the final step in Airlink’s plan to grow its feeder flight network by adding flights directly to a number of popular game lodge destinations in South Africa. It comes on the back of the re-opening of the Skukuza Airport in 2014, which was also facilitated by Airlink as part of its larger plan to introduce connectivity for national and international tourists visiting the Kruger National Park. Initially the service will connect visitors from Skukuza and Nelspruit airports directly to the Ulusaba, Singita, Arathusa and Londolozi lodges.