Johannesburg – Airlink, the South African-based domestic and regional airline has adjusted the schedule “to enable customers to be curfew-compliant with minimal disruption to travel plans”. The airline announced on Tuesday, 29 December 2020, that it is adjusting its schedule of early morning and evening departures so that customers can comply with the country’s new curfew with minimal disruption to their travel plans.
The adjustments come after President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the country on reviewed regulations as a result of the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic. These reviewed regulations include the adjustment of the curfew from between 23h00 pm and 04h00 am, to between 21h00 pm to 06h00 am.
“The well-being and safety of our customers, crew and staff is our priority. At the same time we want to provide continuity so that our customers reach their intended destinations and that markets across Southern Africa remain connected with positive economic consequences. Thanks to our stringent application and adherence to bio-security protocols, we have been able to demonstrate that flying is the safest way to travel and that we can continue to support and enable business, tourism and trade without spreading the Coronavirus,” said Airlink Managing Director and Chief Executive, Rodger Foster.
According to the airline, the changes will affect Airlink flights that were originally due to depart prior to 08:00 and arrive after 20:00. These will be rescheduled to depart as soon after 08:00 as possible, and where applicable to arrive before 20:00. In some instances, flights might be consolidated.
These schedule adjustments will provide customers departing on morning flights with sufficient time to commute to airports and complete the necessary health, security and immigration checks without breaking the curfew. It will also enable passengers landing on evening flights to complete the arrival procedures and commute to their homes or accommodation by the 21:00 curfew.
Airlink says it will communicate schedule changes with holders of tickets for any affected flights.