Emirates partnership opens up more Southern Africa routes

An interline agreement with Airlink will allow travelers from Dubai to Cape Town and Johannesburg to go onwards to 45 destinations across the Southern Africa.

Emirates has formed an interline agreement with Airlink, the Johannesburg-based airline which previously provided feed for South African Airways’ (SAA) long-haul routes.

Under the new deal, Emirates’ passengers will now have access from Dubai (DXB) via Johannesburg (JNB) and Cape Town (CPTto more than 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and 20 more destinations in neighboring countries.

Domestic points include Bloemfontein, George, Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Upington, alongside destinations across Southern Africa like Bulawayo, Gaborone, Harare, Kasane, Livingstone, Lusaka, Maputo, Maun, Ndola, Victoria Falls, Vilanculos and Windhoek.

“We are committed to our operations in South Africa, as we continue to look at ways to build our extended network for customers and help them benefit with diverse travel options,” Emirates president Tim Clark said.

“The interline agreement that has gone into effect with Airlink is only the start of further collaboration, and we are looking forward to exploring more opportunities to widen the scope of our partnership in the future.”

Airlink had a franchise agreement with SAA lasting 20 years but the two carriers severed ties in March this year. Earlier this month, the airline signed a similar interline agreement with Qatar Airways.

Emirates resumed its operations into JNB and CPT on Oct. 1, with flights to Durban (DUR) restarting on Oct. 8.

Photo credit: Airlink