FlySafair and Mango today joined Airlink to start up again with commercial flights in South Africa, and Captain Kyle Viljoen of Mango Airlines welcomed everyone on board the Johannesburg-Cape Town flight, the first flight for the airline since lockdown began. That’s 80 days of not flying.

“It’s great to have everyone on board,” he said. “It’s great to be back in the seat.”

“I’m sure you’ve noticed all the extra safety added with the corona. pleaseu make sure you’re wearing your ppes, adhere to the social distancing and the sanitation rules. I’ts for your safety and the others around you.”‘

Besides the three airlines, the Gautrain service to O.R. Tambo International started again today.

Mango posted a list of people allowed to travel under the level 3 lockdown. People undertaking work responsibilities or performing a service permitted under Alert level 3 provided they are in possession of the requisite permit; moving to a new place of residence; caring for an immediate family member; transportation of goods; learners or students who have to commute to and from schools or institutions of higher learning during periods when those schools or institutions are permitted to operate; attendance of funerals; transportation of mortal remains; obtaining medical treatment; members of Parliament performing oversight responsibilities.

Airlink started flying a week ago.