BA announces codeshare with South Africa’s Airlink, opening up Durban, Kruger NP and Namibia

Feb 10, 2023

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If you frequently visit South Africa or have the likes of Namibia on your bucket list, then here’s some good news from British Airways (BA).

The U.K. flag carrier has entered into a codeshare partnership with South African airline Airlink — making it easier to reach a range of cities in southern Africa.

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Currently, BA flies from London Heathrow (LHR) to Cape Town (CPT) and Johannesburg (JNB) twice daily, with three flights per week from London Gatwick (LGW) to Cape Town.

Now, passengers will be able to travel from London via both cities to 18 more destinations on a single ticket – including Durban, Port Elizabeth (now called Gqeberha) and Skukuza (for Kruger National Park) in South Africa, plus Namibia’s capital city Windhoek and coastal town Walvis Bay.

TPG found flights in mid-March from London Heathrow to Durban (DUR), connecting in Johannesburg (JNB), for £919 return.


British Airways Executive Club members will be able to earn Avios on Airlink flights that are part of a codeshare journey, too. 

Flights are available to book now for travel from 15 February, 2023 onwards on the BA website.

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“Our flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg continue to be as popular as ever with our customers, so we’re pleased to be able to open up more options in the Southern African region,” Neil Chernoff, BA’s Director of Network and Alliances, said of the agreement.

“Our partnership with Airlink means that customers will be able to book a full journey on one ticket, allowing seamless travel all the way from London to their final destination.”


Meanwhile, Airlink’s CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster, added: “This is an important next step in our partnership with British Airways, which has a phenomenal global reach into the most important markets for our region. 

“The marriage of our two networks will benefit both British Airways’ and Airlink’s customers, giving them even more choice with a wide range of itinerary options and connectivity possibilities.”

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Airlink currently has agreements with a range of partner airlines, including Air France, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qantas and Virgin Atlantic, among others.

BA, meanwhile, is part of the Oneworld alliance and also has codeshare agreements with airlines, including Aer Lingus, Bangkok Airways, China Southern, Fiji Airways, Kenya Airways and Vueling.

Featured image of Durban by Getty Images/iStockphoto

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