Interlink fails to begin services


South Africa’s Interlink Airlines failed to start services from Wonderboom Airport outside Pretoria on 30 October as planned. The airline was to have operated to Cape Town and Durban using two BAe 146-300s, apparently leased from Allegiance. However, the lease arrangement for the 146s fell through, for reasons that are not clear. The airline attempted to substitute a Boeing 737, but the South African CAA declined to authorize the change, deeming the 737 ill-suited to Wonderboom’s relatively short runway and high temperatures. Interlink did fly a ceremonial flight to Cape Town on October 30 with a 737, but any further services have been pushed back to 20 November at the earliest.

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