Interlink Airlines has suspended flights to and from Pretoria/Tshwane until the 25th January 2010, as a result of a bird strike damaging its only aircraft on the route.
" PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT
For Urgent Release
28 December 2009
INTERLINK AIRLINES TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS SERVICES FROM TSHWANE/PRETORIA WONDERBOOM AIRPORT
Interlink Airlines regrets to announce a temporary suspension in services to and from Tshwane/Pretoria Wonderboom Airport. An Interlink Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, registration ZS-SIC, encountered a bird strike on Monday 28 December 2009 while operating a scheduled flight to Cape Town. The aircraft landed safely and at no stage were any passengers in any danger at any time.
As Interlink Airlines has a strict maintenance and safety programme, it is Company policy to immediately withdraw an aircraft from service in instances like these for a full maintenance check. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, this check will only be able to commence in the first week of January 2010 and is estimated to take approximately 14 days. Due to the restrictions in operating into and out of an airport like Wonderboom, ZS-SIC is currently the only aircraft in the Interlink fleet that is certified to operate into this airport. The airline has thus made the decision to suspend services until 25 January 2010, by which time the airline will have an additional certified aircraft operating in and out of Wonderboom.
As per the Conditions of Carriage, passengers will be offered a full refund or have their reservations moved to services at a later date. Interlink Airlines regrets the inconvenience caused but wishes to re-iterate that safety is not negotiable and we trust that our passengers will understand that we have made this decision in the interests of their safety.
Issued by Interlink Airlines Marketing Department
Monday 28 December 2009