Airlink and SA Express (SAX) will resume operations between Johannesburg and Mthatha, starting this week.

Airlink will resume its operations between OR Tambo and Mthatha Airport from today, February 19, using a 37-seat Embraer 135 regional jet. It will operate an early-morning and late-afternoon return service, Monday to Friday. There will also be an early-morning service on Saturdays and an afternoon flight on Sundays, with more fights added to the schedule as the route returns to normality.

SAX operations will resume on Thursday, February 21.

The carrier will operate a daily service between OR Tambo and Mthatha Airport from Sunday to Friday and intends to increase frequencies in the coming weeks.

Flights will depart Johannesburg at 15h00, arriving in Mthatha at 16h40. The return flight departs Mthatha at 17h10 and lands in Johannesburg at 18h40.

Services to Mthatha were suspended on January 25 following the South African Civil Aviation Authority’s downgrade of the airport as a result of negative audit findings.

Since then, SACAA has upgraded the airport to level four and restored all its operating rights for passenger air services, with immediate effect.