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Airlink to re-introduce flights between Kimberley and Cape Town

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According to a social media post, flights will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SA Airlink. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)

AIRLINK will re-introduce flights between Kimberley and Cape Town from  August 18.

According to a Facebook post by Sharon Steyn, CEO of Nocci (Northern Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry), flights will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and tickets are available on line with on www.flyairlink.com or travel agents.

The flight will depart Cape Town at 3.35 pm arriving in Kimberley at 5.05 pm and depart Kimberley at 5.30 pm, arriving in Cape Town at 7.05 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Airlink will operate the reduced schedule under the current Covid domestic travel restrictions and gradually increase flights on consumer demand and when the government eases travel restrictions.

Currently flights are only offered for business or essential travel, caring for immediate family members or obtaining medical treatment and student travel.

The airline has meanwhile reassured travellers that the  technology used in Airlink aircraft cabins meant that the possible transmission of Covid-19 onboard was reduced. 

For safety protocols and travel permits, passengers are advised to visit www.flyairlink.com 

Airlink spokesperson, Karin Murray, confirmed on Wednesday that flights to and from Cape Town would resume on August 18.

“We are currently conducting a survey with customers and the travel trade to gauge support for the Kimberley to Johannesburg route,” she added.

The Kimberley Airport reopened for business travel on July 21.

Senzeni Ndebele, spokesperson for Airports Company South Africa, said at the time of the announcement that the management and staff at the airport were fully prepared and looking forward to contributing to re-building economic activity in their respective regions. 

According to Ndebele, suitable health screening resources had been allocated by the Northern Cape provincial government.

“These resources are an essential required element of the health protocols and procedures at airports.”

She stated further that the managers and staff at the airport had already implemented the required physical measures and training to ensure that they can reopen quickly. 

All protocols and processes applied when other airports reopened from the beginning of Ndebele advised business travellers to check with airlines for available flights. 

“Our experience of the past several weeks is that airlines will not necessarily commence with flights on the first day that airports are officially open again. Business passengers needing to travel to and from these centres should monitor the airline web sites for flight availability,” she said. 

She advised passengers to give themselves enough time to get through the required protocols as well as to adapt to new arrangements in terms of parking and terminal access points. 

Ndebele emphasised that the onus is on the passenger to ensure that business travel documentation is in order before booking a flight. 

“We have also noticed at other airports that passengers are not completing the required health screening questionnaire before arriving at the airport. This causes congestion at terminal access points, so we appeal to passengers to ensure that the form is completed before getting to the airport.” 

The health questionnaire is posted on airline web sites and may also be found at: https://www.airports.co.za/about-us/COVID19/frequently-asked-questions. 

AIRPORT PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES 

Arriving at the airport 

• Passengers must use drop-and-go facilities or public transport. Only passengers will be allowed into the terminal 

• Limited parkade options will be available. These are signposted at each airport. 

• Meeters and greeters will not be allowed in the terminal building. 

Airport entrances and access control 

• Access to terminal buildings will be restricted. 

• Physical distancing rules will apply at the terminal entrance. 

• Masks are compulsory from entry to the airport all the way through a flight and out of the destination airport. 

• Health screening of all passengers and staff will be conducted at entrances. 

• Passengers must produce their business travel permission letters at the entrance. 

• It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary permission letter before they book a flight. 

Check-in process 

• Passengers should check in online before going to the airport. 

• Online check in can be done at the screens in the terminal building. 

• A limited number of check-in counters will be open. Physical distancing rules will apply in queues. 

• Using a check-in counter will take longer. 

Security checkpoint process 

• Passengers will scan their own paper-based or mobile device-based boarding pass to the scanner at the security checkpoint. 

• Passengers should remove any metal and electronic items from their person before entering the security queue. This includes mobile devices, watches, jewellery, wallets, keys and so on. 

• These items must be placed in the tray at the security scanner. 

• This process will minimise the need for security officers to do physical pat downs at the checkpoint. 

Boarding the aircraft 

• Physical distancing rules apply for queues to board an aircraft. 

• Passengers must scan their own boarding pass at the boarding gate. 

• Boarding will be done in a controlled manner with passengers travelling in the rear seats of the aircraft boarding first. Passengers with tickets for Row A, for example, will board last. 

• Masks must be worn for the duration of the flight. 

Disembarking from an aircraft 

• Masks must continue to be used when disembarking and moving towards the baggage carousels. 

• Physical distancing rules will apply at the baggage carousels. 

• Crowding close to the baggage carousels will not be permitted.