Flight Specials and Departure Tax
In South Africa it works like this - the closer you book to the departure time the more expensive it gets.
Current SA Airlines:
Travel agents don't book the budget flights! If you want this price you have to do it yourself. I 've given you the information. Whether you want to use it is up to you. Don't expect me to book you on numerous flights and hold your hand - you can do it all online yourself! And NO, we also don't book flights.....I really can't understand why I when I have taken a lot of time to put info on, I get calls at 10pm at night wanting to book flights, wanting the Saudi Embassy's bank account number, wanting to know what the school terms are.... and so on & so on....YES, this does happen on a near daily basis!.
Basically the most affordable flights are normally Kululu, then Mango, with SAA being the most expensive.
- a SAA sub - www.flymango.com. .
Jo'burg (ORT) to CT & Durban,
Jo'burg (Lanseria) to CT
Cape Town to Durban & Bloemfontein.
Booking Jo'burg - CT 30 days in advance for ie 6 Dec 2012 from R1295, 90 days i.e. 6 Feb 2013 from R949.
Kulula - Main Competition to SAA - BA sub -
Jo'burg to Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, Mauritius, Ndola, Harare, George, Windhoek, Lusaka. Then also Durban to Cape Town. Very very important is that if you want to leave from Sandton or Randburg for Cape Town or vice versa that you can fly from Lanseria. If you are challenged, then please do fly from OR Terrible, 'cause you will get stuck in traffic & miss your flight. Take note you foreigners.... Lanseria is the place to fly from, especially if you stay at the Misty Hills Hotel - then it is about 8 km's away with no traffic!!You can book online from overseas, but have to send a fax.
Booking Jo'burg - CT 30 days in advance for ie 6 Dec 2012 from R1041, 90 days i.e. 6 Feb 2013 from R813.
SAA - Main domestic carrier - www.flysaa.com
Just a note regarding SAA. From personal experience they suck. They have a real hard ass attitude - if you book a ticket and there is 1 letter misspelled or left out you have to buy a new ticket. Travel agents also won't change your ticket because of this - they will be held responsible for a new ticket if there is a mess up. This means that you have to inconvenience yourself and go change at an airport if you want a change. Now just to add; in 2004 my then partner flew with them paying US$10 000 for a business class ticket Atlanta - Johannesburg. She couldn't even get a yoghurt as it was outside meal times as she was sleeping during the serving time - she was already travelling 18 hours. And guess what; they didn't keep her a meal - her meal was apparently given to someone else! They also wouldn't take her credit card for an onboard duty free purchase - they claimed there was too much fraud. This is now saying this to someone who has paid 8 times the average ticket price. To top it they had a really hostile attitude when ringing the bell for service. They also refused to give her more than a cup of water a time. They were each drinking 1,5 l bottled water though. Sites like www.dontflysaa.com was registered. I 'm pretty keen to register www.saasucks.co.za myself.... For a laugh look at http://www.huntingreport.com/temp_saa.cfm
Booking Jo'burg - CT 30 days in advance for ie 6 Dec 2012 from R1272, 90 days i.e. 6 Feb 2013 from R1135.
Carriers below not operating anymore
- NOT OPERATING FROM 29/4/2008
Site is www.flynationwide.co.za - Was my favourite domestic airline. Main routes Jo'burg to CT, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth but also the only other than SAA doing Nelspruit. Also Livingstone (Vic Falls Zambian side) and Gatwick London.
One Time: Was one of the cheapest - All flights suspended 2/11/2012 after a good 6 years, pending liquidation
Velvet Sky - New from April 2011, but didn't last long
Don't book through
us - book online. BUT PLEASE NOTE AGAIN: travel agents can't book
the budget flights!
Taxes is R79 for departure and from November 2000 there ways an additional R100 W.C. tax lovingly refered to as the toilet tax by the industry - what it is for no one knows except maybe a couple of Swiss Bankers.
Departure tax from Vic Falls and Harare: US$ 30 specificly in $ - not equivalent
New service connects CT with Livingstone and Vic Falls
Starting June 30 2011, Zambezi Airlines will introduce new flights connecting Cape Town directly with Livingstone and on to Lusaka. Flights from Cape Town are scheduled to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will depart at 08h00, arriving in Livingstone at 11h10. Flights will then depart Livingstone at 11h55, arriving in Lusaka at 12h55.
The return service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Lusaka at 12h15, arriving in Livingstone at 13h15. From Livingstone flights will depart at 14h00, arriving in Cape Town at 17h10.
Flights will be operated by a B737-500, configured in 99 economy seats and 12 business-class seats.