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 Post subject: Re: SANParks announces successful operator for Skukuza Airpo
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:32 pm 
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Lesego wrote:

Rodger Foster, Airlink’s CEO responded by saying his company is delighted to be in the consortium and looking forward to delivering scheduled air services to Skukuza, and access to all lodges within the Skukuza precinct. This is going to make travelling to the Kruger National Park simpler and affordable.



It mentions scheduled trips so think it will be for both.


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 Post subject: Re: SANParks announces successful operator for Skukuza Airpo
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Lesego wrote:
This is going to make travelling to the Kruger National Park simpler and affordable.



With what we get charged for toll fees, you might not be far wrong. Image
I am also sure there will be far fewer potholes in the sky Image

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 Post subject: Re: SANParks announces successful operator for Skukuza Airpo
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Here is an answer to your question Stark: Direct Kruger flights to launch

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 Post subject: Re: SANParks announces successful operator for Skukuza Airpo
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Just a question.. How large will these planes be? If coming from CT or JHB they must be a fair size and I was just wondering about the sound polution ??

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 Post subject: Re: SANParks announces successful operator for Skukuza Airpo
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Thanks DB. :)

If done right, this could be a good benefit for SANParks and for far-flung travelers and the private reserve crowd. (The Starks are guilty on both counts)

We'd certainly take advantage of flying into the park as opposed to one of the outlying airports. Buy our supplies at Skukuza, stay the first night in SA in the park, rent our car there, and not have to rush to the airport on our last day. I'm sure it will make SANParks travels to and from the park for business far easier as well.

I do understand the concern for noise pollution, but twice-daily flights on what will most likely be smaller planes (if they're anything like the ones flying into Nelspruit) shouldn't be that bad, IMO. It sounds like it is also using current facilities that are just being fixed up so environmental impact should be small.

I hope the winning bidder utilizes the local communities to build jobs.

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 Post subject: Re: SANParks announces successful operator for Skukuza Airpo
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Hugh............the 30 seater Airlink turbo props fly from Joburg to Phala, and are not very noisy. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Commercial flights directly to Skukuza from March 2014
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Hi All,

I read about the plans that there will now be regular flights to Skukuza with a commercial airline:

http://www.news24.com/Travel/South-Africa/Direct-Kruger-flights-to-launch-20130823

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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There are some details about the Skukuza Airport included in today's media release.

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 Post subject: Re: Commercial flights directly to Skukuza from March 2014
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:cry: :cry: :cry:

This is all to alleviate a two hour drive from Nelspruit!!!! :roll: bad bad idea. To upgrade runways and facilities cost a lot, the commercial flights from Cape Town will have to start or how will they get their money back etc etc. Long run the park suffers.........

I get the impression the Kruger is slowly and sadly being seen as a money making enterprise rather than a conservation effort :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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We flew Airlink into/out off Nelspruit/Kruger airport a couple of weeks ago. The Airlink magazine on board mentioned once daily from Joburg & Durban and twice daily flights from Capetown starting up. I priced a random date return Jo'burg flight next year online and it was R3280, not quite double the cheapest to MPQ.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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We are looking at flying into Skukuza Airport in August next year. Silly question but how do you then get to Skukuza camp? I am assuming there is some sort of shuttle service? My other concern is the timing as we will be arriving on a Saturday at 10.50am and the Avis people finish 12pm. I am tempted just to fly into KMIA and get a car from there.
From an international tourist point of view being able to get off a plane at JB and onto another to fly straight to Kruger is a good thing. I have been to SA a couple of times before and driven all over the place but this time I just wanted to take the more relaxing option.


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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I suspect that Avis will have your vehicle available at the airport. The airport is but four or so km from the main entrance and the airport will be a good source of business for Avis with self drive guests flying in.

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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I would like to think that will be more than one car hire option available, besides Avis, and if there are a number of flights each day, their car hire hours would surely increase to accommodate arrivals.
Lets wait and see.


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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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I think Avis has a monopoly on in-park car rentals. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Skukuza airport
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Hi All,

I would also like to know what the situation is for transferring arriving guests from the airport to Skukuza rest camp. I am arriving into Skukuza airport on 30th October next year and I will be looking to rent a car from Avis to drive to Lower Sabie where I am booked in.

Does any fellow mite know any more info in addition to the links above. The SA airlink site doesn't really give much away either :roll:

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Just a question.. How large will these planes be? If coming from CT or JHB they must be a fair size and I was just wondering about the sound polution ??


@ Hugh, the planes operated on this route are Embraer ERJ135's, a 37 seat small regional jet plane.

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