SA Airlink Ltd., known and trading simply as Airlink, is a regional airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is privately owned, and its main activity is to act as a feeder airline between small towns and larger hub airports. It now operates under its own IATA code: 4Z.


Airlink was formed in 1992, following the purchase of the liquidated Link Airways business, which had incorporated a range of other airlines: Midlands Aviation, Lowveld Aviation Services, Magnum Airways, Border Air and Citi Air. It has a 40% share in Swaziland Airlink. In 1997 Airlink joined South African Airways and South African Express Airways in a strategic alliance which is governed by a franchise agreement.
On 23 December 2009 the SA Civil Aviation Authority grounded their fleet of 13 BAe Jetstream 41 planes. Following audits of the airline's procedures and inspection of the grounded aircraft they were returned to service. A problem with a seal in the aircraft's Honeywell engines was found to be the cause of the safety issues.
On 3 May 2017, Airlink became the first airline in history to make a commercial charter flight to Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, landing an Avro RJ85 at the newly constructed Saint Helena Airport to pick up passengers stranded there when the island's only link with the outside world, the British Royal Mail Ship RMS St Helena, suffered propeller damage.
No other commercial airliner landed at St Helena until 14 October 2017, when Airlink began history's first scheduled commercial airline service to Saint Helena Airport, with an Embraer E190-100IGW with 78 passengers aboard arriving after a flight of about six hours from Johannesburg with a stop at Walvis Bay, Namibia. The flight began once-a-week scheduled service between Johannesburg and Saint Helena.

Corporate affairs


Airlink is privately owned, but has published the names of its shareholders:
Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, via its subsidiary Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust Investment Holdings, acquired a 32.51% stake in the company in June 2012. The original founders of Airlink, Rodger Foster and Barrie Webb, remain shareholders.

Head office

Airlink's head office is in the 3rd office block of the Greenstone Office Park in the Greenstone Hill suburb of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, South Africa.


, Airlink served the following destinations:
¤Focus Cities
^Future destinations
Terminated destinations


Current fleet

The Airlink fleet consists of the following aircraft:

Fleet History

Aircraft TypeTotal Aircraft
Avro RJ8512
Dornier Do 2282
Boeing 737-2001

Incidents and accidents