Lesotho Bans Passenger Flights – Airlink Suspends Johannesburg-Maseru Service

posted on 14th January 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Lesotho Bans Passenger Flights - Airlink Suspends Johannesburg-Maseru Service

Airlink, the privately-owned regional airline, regrets to announce the suspension of its daily service between Johannesburg and Maseru from tomorrow, following the Lesotho government’s ban passenger flights to and from Moshoeshoe I International Airport.

“We regret, but respect the decision to temporarily halt passenger flights to Maseru’s Moshoeshoe I International Airport, which is Lesotho’s primary air transport gateway and we apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and disruption to their business that this will cause,” said Airlink Managing Director and CEO, Rodger Foster.

This afternoon Lesotho’s authorities issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting all international, regional and domestic flights to and from the kingdom from midnight tonight until 27 January 2021 as one of its measures to contain COVID-19 infections.

“The well-being of our customers, crew and staff is our priority. Although we are required to suspend our Maseru flight, we continue to operate all of our other flights to destinations throughout Southern Africa and within South Africa. By dilligently applying and adhering to stringent bio-security protocols, we have demonstrated that flying is the safest way to travel and that we can continue to support and enable
business, tourism and trade without spreading the Coronavirus,” added Mr Foster.

“Airlink is looking forward to re-establishing the vital connections that sustain the all important trade, business, tourism and family ties between the Mountain Kingdom and its neighbour,” he said.

Daily flights affected by the suspension of services are:

  • 4Z 052 Johannesburg – Maseru
  • 4Z 053 Maseru – Johannesburg