Published On: May 20th, 2022By Categories: Feature1.7 min read
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Mbabane Eswatini – 21 April 2022

Eswatini Airlink was established in 1999 to provide air services for the Kingdom after

Royal Swazi National Airways stopped operating. This was facilitated through an

agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Airlink South

Africa.

On 14 April 2022, the Kingdom of Eswatini Government and Airlink, the joint

shareholders, mutually agreed to dissolve their joint venture airline business, Eswatini

Airlink, which will cease operations from 01 June 2022.

Eswatini Airlink currently operates multiple daily services between Johannesburg and

Sikhuphe’s King Mswati III International Airport,

“Through our jointly owned and operated Eswatini Airlink business, we have enjoyed

a long and mutually successful partnership connecting Eswatini to the world through

the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, as the

Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini recently re-established a national airline, we

have jointly and amicably agreed to discontinue Eswatini Airlink’s operations in an

orderly manner to avoid any disruption and inconvenience to our customers. Airlink

will seamlessly continue providing the service, and most importantly, we are offering

to re-employ every Eswatini Airlink staff member with Airlink, thereby securing their

jobs,” explained Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

“For the past 23 years Eswatini Airlink has provided the Kingdom of Eswatini with vital

air services and helped to connect our economy with those throughout Southern Africa

and beyond. However, we have decided to take advantage of the opportunity that the

post-COVID restart and recovery presents, to launch a new, wholly-Eswatini owned

carrier and usher in a new era of competition,” said Eswatini’s Minister for Public Works

and Transport, Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe.

From 01 June, South African-based Airlink and the Kingdom’s new national carrier,

Eswatini Air, will respectively provide scheduled air services between Johannesburg

and King Mswati III International Airport, giving travellers to and from Eswatini greater

choice. Healthy competitive air transport services in this market will help to promote

and develop trade, tourism and other economic opportunities.

Distributed on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Airlink.

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