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2/10

"could do a lot better to assist passengers"

(South Africa)

Not Verified | What a mission it was to get hold of Airlink to change our tickets! Due to testing positive for Covid, our travelling plans had to change drastically. I held the line for Customer Service for 40 minutes until a rude lady picked up on the other end, sighing with every question I had. Then came the public holiday so we couldn’t make any name changes or add a minor by ourselves on the website. Luckily I got hold of a very friendly lady the next day to help add a minor, but I still had to send an email for the name change. I phoned Customer Care on Friday at 15:50 and by 16:30 I got cut off. Still no reply to my email (with the address given as the emergency contact). It is the weekend now and Customer Care is closed. How could this be? With Covid we have learned that anything could change any minute, what should a passenger do if they have to change their flight details? Get on the flight even though they have Covid just because they couldn’t change everything on the website and don’t want to loose their money? Come on, Airlink, you could do a lot better to assist passengers affected by Covid.
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteNelspruit to Cape Town
Date FlownDecember 2021
Value For Money 12345
no
4/10

"overall this was a nightmare"

(Mozambique)

Trip Verified | Understaffed and poor internal communications - lost essential baggage for a short business trip. I recently made a business trip to Cape Town for a conference. One of my bags therefore contained marketing material (rollup banners). I checked these bags in in Maputo, they were treated as normal hold baggage. I was advised that I needed to collect the bags in person at Johannesburg airport and re-check them in for the leg to Cape Town. Upon arrival at Johannesburg, the bag containing the banners did not appear - either at the carousel or the fragile/oversized baggage counter. When I attempted to make a baggage claim, the SA Airlink baggage claim desk was unstaffed. I therefore had to pass through customs and look for another desk. The transit desk was also unstaffed. I reached the main ticket office, which was fully staffed, however the staff there would not assist me, and sent me to a check in counter. The staff at the check in counter tried to phone their colleagues in the baggage team, however there was no answer. As my connecting flight was due to board, the staff member advised me to rush through security in order to reach the boarding gate. She promised to try to find the bag. I asked her for my claim number, however she stated that I should send an email to report my claim. I asked her why she herself could not send an email, at which point she stated that she could not help me further, since she did not have a computer. As I boarded the flight I asked the gate staff if my bag had been found but she was not interested and just wanted to get people on board. Upon arrival in Cape Town, again I tried to contact SA Airlink staff to discover if the bag had been found, however there were no SA Airlink staff in the whole airport. Upon arrival at my hotel I received a call that the bag had been found in Johannesburg, and was probably at Cape Town airport. However there were no staff there to confirm. I was given a number to call early the next morning. I called it multiple times, however it never answered. Late in the morning I got through to a number in Johannesburg, where a staff member admitted that they were having difficulty contacting the Cape Town airport branch and promised to call me back. On this day, I had to attend the conference at which I needed to display the banners. I ended up having to get alternative (inferior quality) banners printed up in Cape Town, in order to use at the conference. SA Airlink only confirmed that the banners had been found, at the end of the day, when it was too late to be of use. Despite the fact that some of the HQ staff I spoke to were pleasant and seemed to be trying to help, overall this was a nightmare. Two things became clear: a) SA Airlink save money by not having a full complement of staff at the airports - this means that there is no one to assist the passenger in case of problems b) The ground staff appear to be very unhappy and disgruntled, if you have any problem at all they just "don't want to hear about it". The aircraft itself was clean and the onboard snacks were OK, and the flights left nearly on time. So really this airline's weak point is lack of ground staff, poor attitude of ground staff, and poor internal communications.
Type Of TravellerBusiness
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteMaputo to Cape Town via Johannesburg
Date FlownNovember 2021
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Ground Service 12345
Wifi & Connectivity 12345
Value For Money 12345
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9/10

"really nice flight"

(South Africa)

Trip Verified | Johannesburg to Cape Town. What a really nice flight. Very comfortable seats, on time and very pleasant crew. As a South African taxpayer, I'm so glad I'm not having to pay twice for the same trip as is the way with state owned airlines here. Keep up the good work Airlink.
AircraftE190
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteJohannesburg to Cape Town
Date FlownSeptember 2021
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
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1/10

"Worst service today"

(South Africa)

Not Verified | Worst service today, booked flight for a unaccompanied minor (10 years old), arrived at OR Tambo 2hours before checkin, had all the necessary documentation but was delayed by the airline staff to fill health questionnaires, my brother was then checked in but left by the flight and they did not bother to communicate as to what transpired instead they are saying we arrived late and should have been at the airport 3hours before.
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteJohannesburg to Harare
Date FlownSeptember 2021
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
no
9/10

"a relaxing pleasant experience"

(South Africa)

Trip Verified | What a lovely experience! I hope I can use Airlink all the time. Everything from reservation, online check in, bag drop, boarding, punctuality and the friendly professional service on board made the whole journey a relaxing pleasant experience. The covid-19 protocol was very good - ensuring social distancing. The seats are very comfortable and my husband who sat next to me had enough leg room. The only downside [for me with limited financial means] was the price of the ticket, but it was such a treat to use Airlink that I will start saving just to be able to use them again.
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteCape Town to Skukuza
Date FlownAugust 2021
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
yes
1/10

"forced them to buy new tickets"

(Tanzania)

Trip Verified | I had to change my children’s ticket because of changing COVID gov changed regulations and then when they were due to fly I had to change the tickets again as riots broke out in South Africa. South African Airlink profited from the above by forcing us to pay for new tickets. Then when an international airline had a late arrival and my children missed the Aairlink domestic flight, Airlink forced them to buy new tickets.
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteJohannesburg to Pietermaritzburg
Date FlownJuly 2021
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Ground Service 12345
Wifi & Connectivity 12345
Value For Money 12345
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1/10

"Avoid at all costs"

(United States)

Trip Verified | Avoid at all costs. If flying with Airlink, this airline does not communicate with its customers so beware of gate changes, and boarding time changes. They have terrible customer service and rude / unprofessional employees at their gates and flights. Speaking to their "marketing and customer relations officer" was like speaking to a machine reading hidden policies.
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteCape Town to Hoedspruit
Date FlownJuly 2021
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
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9/10

"I would like to compliment Airlink"

(South Africa)

Not Verified | I would like to compliment Airlink on their service and professional reservations assistance for our flights to Skukuza from CT and back from Hoedspruit. They assisted with a cancellation in a professional and efficient manner as well as my daughter had to cancel a flight last minute due to Durban looting and riots. Their COVID Protocols as well as service, reliability, no delays etc. were great especially in a time when airlines have become unreliable due to the economic climate.
Type Of TravellerFamily Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteCape Town to Skukuza
Date FlownJuly 2021
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
yes
10/10

"a pleasure dealing with him"

(South Africa)

Not Verified | Had a flight booked for April 2020 and then Covid-19 lockdowns prevented us all from travelling. Seven months later Musi helped us change dates and Airport for later this year. He was so helpful and professional and organised. It was a pleasure dealing with him. Thank you for taking care of your customers through this tough time. We look forward to flying and supporting and will both be booking another two one way tickets - so will be continuing our support. Wishing you and the staff all the best until the international tourists return. Thank you and well done.
Type Of TravellerCouple Leisure
Seat TypeEconomy Class
RouteCape Town to HDS
Date FlownNovember 2019
Value For Money 12345
yes
9/10

"Very pleasant experience"

(Switzerland)

Trip Verified | Johannesburg to Walvis Bay. Very pleasant experience with good service and comfort on board. Seats in business class are very comfortable and allow a lot of legroom in the first two rows. Boarding process in Johannesburg was a bit chaotic due to the ground staff and no bus being available.
AircraftE190
Type Of TravellerSolo Leisure
Seat TypeBusiness Class
RouteJohannesburg to Walvis Bay
Date FlownDecember 2019
Seat Comfort 12345
Cabin Staff Service 12345
Food & Beverages 12345
Ground Service 12345
Value For Money 12345
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