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Test your travel knowledge: What percentage of the seats in its planes did Etihad fill up with passengers in the 3rd quarter of 2013? (a) 61% (b) 71% or (c) 81% - see answer in the bottom line.

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Emirates Flights to Copenhagen from R6108* from JNB (availability in patches, like Nov). This is one of several specials Emirates are running.
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Book a flight nowMango Happy Days Sale

Mango Airlines are running a Happy Day sale until 4pm on the 9th October 2013 (take note that the finishing time is at 4pm, not the usual 9pm that they run their flight specials until). The special is for selected Mango flights in October only (not all dates, and it's limited, so don't be surprised if you cannot find fares for your dates). Book at Mango.

  • OR Tambo to PE from R829* 1-way

  • PE to OR Tambo from R829* 1-wa

  • Cape Town to PE from R699* 1-way

  • PE to Cape Town from R699* 1-way

  • Bloem to Cape Town from R799* 1-way

  • Cape Town to Bloem from R799* 1-way

  • Cape Town to Lanseria from R799* 1-way

  • Lanseria to Cape Town from R799* 1-way

  • Cape Town to Durban from R699* 1-way

  • Durban to Cape Town from R699* 1-way

  • OR Tambo to Durban from R599* 1-way

  • Durban to OR Tambo from R599* 1-way

  • OR Tambo to Cape Town from R799* 1-way

  • Mango Cape Town to Johannesburg OR Tambo from R799* 1-way

Mango Airlines plane parked at Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg

Terms and Conditions:

Limited seats available on selected flights on a first come, first served basis.

No group bookings on promotional fares.

Refunds must be submitted in writing to guestcare@flymango.com.

Subject to Mango's Terms and Conditions

Excludes Special Events (Friday return Sunday), and peak flights

Emirates Flight Special

There's an Emirates flight special on the go. The best of it is are the flights from Johannesburg to Copenhagen from R6108* (by contrast prices for fares from Cape Town to Copenhagen were from R6718*). From Copenhagen why not travel on north into the Arctic circle to see the northern lights? There's also flight specials from Johannesburg to Mumbai from R5840*, Johannesburg to Dubai from R6650* and Johannesburg to Beijing from R7190*. Book at Emirates.

Emirates airline plane

The Purple Shall Rule!

Flight to Indonesia: After living in South Korea for three years, I shipped all my belongings back to South Africa and sold the rest. I had the trip of a lifetime ahead of me – just me, a bicycle and the open unplanned road of Indonesia. Adventures waited in anticipation; with random strangers, Indonesian food and sore muscles. I left South Korea with millions of memories and sunk deep into the seat of the Air Asia aircraft, face to the window, silently weeping goodbye to the land of the morning calm. Air Asia, the budget airline of the Orient, is a gift from the heavens to anyone who is on a budget - inexpensive, safe, on time and professional. I spent two months in Indonesia, cycling from one town to another in Bali, hopping on long ferry rides to reach Lombok and the popular Gili Islands while enduring the tropical climate.

sea in Indonesia
I stood in awe of volcanoes, walked on black sand beaches and got chased by monkeys. I slept in questionable beds, climbed into rocky boats and trusted strangers with my passport. The people on the road became friends, goat meat skewers became a favourite and a no-plan-vacation turned into a no-plan-budget-bicycle-tour of a lifetime.


farmlands in Indonesia
There is nothing quite like it – the freedom, the unknown, the challenges and the road, not knowing where you may end up or what the next day will bring…but unfortunately, with an expired visa, it came to an end. Anje Rautenbach

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The bottom line: In the 3rd quarter of 2013 Etihad achieved an 81% load factor, and increased its total passengers and revenue by 11%.

In other news involving Etihad, from 1 June 2014 they're operting 1-stop flights from Johannesburg to Los Angeles via Abu Dhabi.

If you're a regular at flying to London, you'll be happy to know that the UK CAA has proposed restricting increases in airport charges for London Heathrow to inflation for the next 5 years.

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