None of the major airlines operate regular flights from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay (JNB - PBZ), but Fly Cemair are kicking off the route on the 28th March 2014.
On Fridays & Sundays, FlyCemair leaves JNB at 09h00, and arrives in Plett at 11h30. It then departs Plett at 12h00 and arrives in Cape Town at 13h15. It then leaves Cape Town at 14h00 and arrive in Plett at 15h15. It then leaves Plett at 16h00 and arrives in JNB at 18h30.
On Saturday it is scheduled to leave OR Tambo at 09h00 and arrive in Plett at 11h30. It then is scheduled to leave Plett at 12h00 and arrive at OR Tambo at 14h30.
There's a competition running up to the 23rd May 2014 where you coudl win 2 flights to Plettenberg Bay. Here are some of the entries explaining why they'd like to visit Plettenberg Bay:
"My grandson and I flew down to Plettenbergbay to visit my cousin for a week and then my husband joined us a week later, to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary there. It was my grandson's first real beach holiday...he had so much fun...we spent time on the beach, visited Monkeyland, Jukani and the Knysna Elephant Sanctuary...he keeps on asking when are we going again....we called the holiday "Heeltyd Speeltyd 2014" it must have been the greatest fun that we have had in 30 years of being married. Apart from it being great to spend time with family - the weather was great and Plett is definitely a JEWELL that has crept into our hearts...I doubt whether we will ever go anywhere else for a holiday again." Anndor Steenberg.
"My girlfriend & I have adventurous personalities and would like to face the highest and scariest bungy jump. I intend on proposing to my girlfriend soon-this might be the perfect opportunity." Rico Meyer
"My kids love the beach, Beacon Isle and all the amazing animals that you can see on the Garden Route. The Beauty of Plett is breath taking absolutely spectacular. Any troubles or worries are taken away by the calmness of the sea. We love to sit on the beach and get ice creams and watch the waves...." Pharyn Davies
"My name is Thabang Mdlalose I have never been to Plettenberg bay but from what I have heard it’s a nice place to visit as its an absolutely fabulous experience where you feel at one with nature. I also hear that Plettenberg bay has a nice sight seeing for Animal Park of big cats, Adventure Land - Water Slides and Play Park, St Peters Anglican Church, Van Plettenberg Beacon, Robberg nature reserve and lovely exclusive hotels. I personally find all the items mentioned very attractive and exciting."
"I havent been yet to Plettenberg bay but it is definitely one of my travel destination, i would like to visit the beaches which are said to boast some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa. To be next to the Indian Ocean, to find beachgoers of all ages soaking up the sun and enjoying the many outdoor activities; to be in the sand and sun, waves which are said to be some of the best waves in South Africa. And above all to enjoy the seafood which should be so fresh and healthy and to take in ocean safaris. Just to take fresh air from the ocean and get away from the big city." Maloba Ngiesu
On the 30th January 2014, Fly Cemair sent out an email asking recipients to take part in an online survey about whether they'd like a scheduled flight service from OR Tambo to Plett. In the survey they ask participants what day of the week they'd like to fly, what time, what would they be willing to pay.
In 2007 it was reported that SA Airlink was preparing for its inaugural flight from Johannesburg to Plettenberg Bay in September 2007. Bitou municipal manager George Seitisho said on the 3rd July: “We hope, weather permitting, to be up and running by the end of September. We will be considered as an alternative regional airport, assisting when there are landing problems in George or Port Elizabeth. Tourists don‘t want to have to drive for an hour after landing in George before they get to their destination.” The municipality would need to clear alien vegetation from the airport, build a security fence and extend the runway by 100m. SA Airlink would operate a direct route between Plettenberg Bay and Johannesburg, and later on flights between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay were in the plans. "Current upgrading is being done by the municipality on its own but we are still working on a public private partnership for the running and maintenance of the Plettenberg Bay aerodrome." says Seitisho
Here are some options for accommodation in Plettenberg Bay: