Airlink will launch a mid-morning flight between Johannesburg and East London from March 16. 

“The key objective of this flight is to provide connections with international and regional flights arriving in the early morning at OR Tambo International,” the airline said in a statement.

The announcement follows SAA’s recent decision to cut many of its international and domestic routes, including flights to East London.

The flights will depart daily from Johannesburg at 10h10 arriving in East London at 11h45 the return flight will depart East London at 12h15 arriving in Johannesburg at 13h45.

Airlink’s E190 E-jets will offer an intra-continental-style business class service and are configured with six business-class and 92 economy-class seats.