Airlink (South Africa) (4Z, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo) has announced it is planning to commence regular passenger services to St. Helena on October 14. Following a recent proving flight and approval by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Airlink will offer a weekly return service to the remote South Atlantic Ocean island from each of Cape Town and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo with a technical stopover in Windhoek Int'l on both the inbound and outbound sectors. According to Airlink, it is negotiating Fifth Freedom Rights on the sectors between Windhoek and St Helena.

Service is on-board EMB-190 equipment seating 76 (six in business and seventy in economy). However, during the first quarter of 2018, Airlink will upgrade the Embraer twinjet's powerplants allowing it to carry 87 passengers.

During the third weekend of November, a monthly onward St. Helena-Georgetown Wideawake, Ascension Island, return service will start as per the terms of Airlink's contract. Thereafter, the flight will take place on the second weekend of every month.

Tickets to St Helena, inclusive of taxes, start at GBP804 (USD1,048) for an economy return fare from Johannesburg and GBP846 (USD1,103) from Cape Town.