Airlink reconnects South Africa and Botswana


Airlink, the privately-owned regional airline, will reconnect South Africa and Botswana when it resumes scheduled passenger services between Johannesburg and Gaborone next week and to Kasane and Maun next month.

This follows Botswana’s phased lifting of travel restrictions that curtailed travel while it worked to successfully contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

“Airlink is looking forward to re-establishing the vital services between Johannesburg and Botswana’s three key destinations that sustain the all-important business, trade, tourism and family ties between the two neighbouring countries,” said Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster.

Our services to and from Gaborone, Maun and Kasane will provide travelers with seamless connectivity onto  Airlink’s new direct flights linking Johannesburg with Cape Town and with Durban.  Connections are also available to Airlink’s other South African destinations, such as Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein and others.  Airlink is rebuilding and expanding its network with the resumption and addition of services to destinations throughout the SADC region, all reachable with Airlink connections via its hub at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Airlink’s great value for money Economy Class fares include a 20kg free economy class checked in luggage allowance plus a 15kg sporting equipment allowance.  Onboard, our customers are treated to a complimentary light meal, refreshments, generous leg room and a choice of aisle or window seat (our flights do not have middle seats).

Airlink’s intra-continental Business Class service is available on selected flights operated by our state-of-the-art Embraer E-jets, with wide seats arranged in a two plus one abreast configuration with plenty of legroom between each row.   Our service on these flights includes complimentary meals and beverages, a 30kg check-in luggage allowance and priority boarding.

Experience more https://www.flyairlink.com/profile/airlink-profile#businessclass

Flight Schedule

Gaborone to Johannesburg (from 16 November 2020)


Flight 4Z 172 will depart Johannesburg at 06h20 on Mondays to Fridays, arriving in Gaborone at 07h15.

Flight 4Z 173 will depart Gaborone at 07h45 on Mondays to Fridays arriving in Johannesburg at 08h40.


Flight 4Z 180  will depart Johannesburg at 13h50 daily arriving in Gaborone at 14h45. 

Flight 4Z 181 will depart Gaborone daily at 15h15, arriving in Johannesburg at 16h10

Johannesburg to Maun (from 01 December 2020)

Flight 4Z 300 will depart Johannesburg at 11h55 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays arriving in Maun at 13h30

Flight 4Z 301 will depart Maun at 14h00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 07h45 arriving in Johannesburg at 15h35

Johannesburg to Kasane (from 16 December 2020)

Flight 4Z 306, will depart Johannesburg at 11h40 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays arriving in Kasane at 13h25

Flight 4Z 307, will depart Kasane at 13h55 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays arriving in Johannesburg at 15h45

Please visit our flight schedule guide for more information

COVID-19 Health and Safety onboard Airlink flights 

During these stressful times, health and safety – yours and ours – remains our primary concern.  Our aircraft are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters (HEPA), which are effective at blocking 99.97% of particulates, including Coronavirus molecules.  These HEPA filters continually sterilize the air in our cabins, which is renewed entirely every three minutes.

Read more about our Embraer ERJ Regional Jet Cabin Air Quality here.

With Airlink you are safe and can fly with confidence  – it’s easier than you think.

Botswana and South African Biosecurity and Travel regulations

Please check with the appropriate Botswana government authority for the latest regulations for travel from and returning to Botswana.

South Africa has introduced additional measures for international travellers arriving in the country.  Click here for information on these requirements.  Please note that all arriving travellers are now required to provide a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test certificate, issued by an accredited laboratory in line with World Health Organisation standards, no more than 72 hours before the date of travel.   South African Authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of presented PCR test certificates.   Arriving travellers unable to produce a valid certificate will be required to quarantine, at their own cost, for 10 days.   South Africa also requires visitors to carry valid travel insurance policies that cover the costs associated with COVID-19 testing and quarantining.

For passengers flying from South Africa to Botswana, there are some important steps and items you will need to follow before and as your proceed through any South African airport.  Click here for information on these.