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Skukuza Airport appoints Avis

April 2014

The Skukuza Airport Management Company has appointed Avis as the car hire service provider at the newly refurbished Skukuza airport.

Not only will Avis provide pre-booked vehicles for collection at the Skukuza Airport for guests arriving on Airlink’s schedule flights direct from Johannesburg and Cape Town, they will also offer a shuttle service to the main Skukuza camp. Avis has a well-established infrastructure at the Skukuza camp having provided car hire facilities to the visitors to the Park for many years. “We are delighted that Skukuza Airport is finally re-opening” says Lance Smith, Executive : Sales for Avis Rent a Car. “ The opportunity to fly directly into the Kruger Park, hire a car and immediately begin your game drive as you exit the airport is unique. We enjoyed many years of successful operation at Skukuza Camp and have always believed that scheduled flights would once again return.”

“For Airlink, the opportunity to work with Avis and to be able to offer our flights in conjunction with the global reach of the Avis brand is significant,” said Karin Murray Sales and Marketing Manager for Airlink. “The opportunity for visitors to the Kruger Park to take advantage of a ‘Fly and Drive ’ option using Skukuza airport as the entry point will add new convenience to their travel within the Kruger National Park and was a very popular product in the past” Karin added.

The return of scheduled air services on 02 June 2014 to Skukuza airport is momentous in the context of South African tourism as this will allow all tourism stakeholders the ability to provide a far more integrated and effective product to the global market. Furthermore, seamless integration of the Skukuza wildlife product with other SA National Parks’ (SAN Parks) products, as well as with other neighbouring regional wildlife areas and natural attractions will permit Skukuza to serve as a hub and gateway to a unique portfolio of tourism “Eco leisure” properties. The aim is to install easy accessibility to the Kruger National Park and to destinations within the neighbouring private game reserves, and to this end Skukuza Airport and Airlink will be working closely with SANParks in pursuit of their “Responsible Tourism Objectives”.

The Skukuza Airport Management Company is a Public Private Partnership with SANParks where the joint venture entity incorporates; Airlink, Lion Sands, Federal Airlines and three local community trusts.

Visit www.flyairlink.com/skukuza/ for more information about the Skukuza Airport.

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