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You want to book the cheapest flight from London to Johannesburg. The way to make sure that you book a cheap flight from London to Johannesburg is by:

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  • check the airfare of every airline operating flights from London to Johannesburg (links to their online flight reservation systems listed below)

Direct flights from London to Johannesburg

British Airways

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

non-stop (10h45m)

Virgin Atlantic Airways

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB)

non-stop (11h05m)

South African Airways

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB)

non-stop (11h10m)

Other airlines flying from London to Johannesburg

Airline
Airports
Stops

Air France UK

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (12h20m)
Paris De Gaulle Airport (CDG)

Emirates UK

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg OR. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (16h50m)
Dubai Airport (DXB)

Etihad Airways

London to Johannesburg Tambo Airport (JNB)

1-stop (18h15m)
Abu Dhabi (AUH)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

London Heathrow Airport to
Johannesburg Tambo Airport (JNB)

1-stop
Amsterdam Airport (Schipol)

Lufthansa

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (13h20m)
Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

Qatar Airways

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport (JNB)

1-stop (17h25m)
Doha Airport (DOH)

Air Mauritius

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop
Mauritius (MRU)

Egypt Air

London to Johannesburg Tambo Airport (JNB)

1-stop
Cairo Airport

El Al Israel Airlines

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (16h00m)
Tel Aviv Airport (TLV)

Ethiopian Airlines

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (15h35m)
Addis Ababa Airport (ADD)

Iberia UK stopped flying to Johannesburg from 1 May 2012

Kenya Airways

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (13h45m)
Nairobi Airport (NBO)

Swiss International Air Lines

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop
Zurich (ZRH)

TAP Portugal

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop
Lisbon

Turkish Airlines

London Stansted Airport (STN) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

1-stop (16h35m)
Istanbul Airport (IST)

United Airline

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to
Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

non-stop (11h10m)

Sometimes cheaper from Manchester

If you stay near Manchester, note that flights from Manchester to Johannesburg are sometimes cheaper than flights from London to Johannesburg (somebody explain that!).

arriving in Johannesburg from Manchester via London

News & history

19 Oct 2012

A lady gives birth on Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow - Joburg flight VS601J. A bed was made out of pillows at the back of the aircraft, by helpful Virgin cabin crew. "It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The crew and the passengers were fantastic. It was a real team effort and they all rallied round to help the mother and her newborn baby. It all began a couple of hours into the flight when the passenger complained of stomach pains. We quickly realised that she was pregnant and that the baby was coming very soon. The crew made a bed of blankets and pillows at the back of the plane to make her as comfortable as possible. We gave her water, held her hands and coached her through the birth. It all happened so quickly. One minute we were delivering drinks to the passengers and next we were delivering a baby. It was so emotional and when the pilot made an announcement over the PA system the whole plane gave her a round of applause. It was fantastic.” said Emma Goodman, Cabin supervisor. The plane was diverted to  Palma, Majorca, where the mother and her newborn underwent medical checks.

1 May 2012

Iberia quits flying to Johannesburg

13 Sep 2009

British Airways reduces its London-Johannesburg flights to 14 per week (was 19 per week)

1 May 2009

British Airways increases its London-Johannesburg flights to 19 per week (was 14 per week)

3 Jun 2009

Air Namibia suspends its flights between London Gatwick & Windhoek (Namibia).

29 Apr 2008

Nationwide Airlines ceases operations.

1952

The British built Comet ushers in the jet era of passenger flight with its maiden trip from London to Johannesburg.

A direct non-stop flight from London to Johannesburg takes some 11 hours.

R24 road out of Johannesburg International Airport

Flights from London to Johannesburg via Cape Town

Flying from London to Johannesburg via Cape Town is not the shortest route, and probably not the cheapest route. However, if you want to see Cape Town's beaches before you head north to Johannesburg, you may wish to check the price of (1) flights from London to Cape Town, (2) flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg (there are buses, trains and low cost carriers flying this route).

Flight path from London to Johannesburg

The shortest flight path from London's Heathrow airport to Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport is illustrated. An initial heading of 154° (South-East) is followed from London Heathrow (51°28'39"N 00°27'41"W), from which it is a distance of 9046km to Johannesburg's Oliver Reginald Tambo Airport (26°08'21"S 28°14'46"E).

flight path from London to Johannesburg

First flight from London to Johannesburg

A bit of history. The world's first commercial flight in a jet aircraft occured on the 2nd May 1952, when in the afternoon a de Havilland Comet flew 36 fee-paying passengers from London to Johannesburg. The flight was arranged by the British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC) and had stops in Rome, Beirut, Khartoum, Entebbe and Livingstone.

Car rental options in Johannesburg

You don't have to search much to find car rental options at Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport:

Avis car rental

Budget car rental

Europcar rentals

First Car Rental

Hertz car rental

Tempest car hire

Thrifty Car Rental

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