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Forget Mango or Kulula, a year of data shows British Airways are cheapest

a Kulula flightWhen not throwing barbs at each other, a favourite pastime of 1time and Comair is to complain in their financial statements about Mango and SAA:

  • "Continued pricing of tickets at below cost by the state owned competitor" (Comair)

  • "State subsidised Mango and SAA continue to distort the market by selling below cost in an attempt to retain market share" (1time)

  • Given these comments, one would expect Mango and SAA to be rolling out ultra cheap flights, with 1time and Comair (Kulula and British Airways) never featuring. But, extraordinarily, out of the 9 times we've surveyed flights from Cape Town to Johannesburg over the last year Mango has been cheapest only once and SAA have never been cheapest.

    Incredibly, British Airways are most often cheapest

    Incredibly, British Airways are most often the cheapest on the Cape Town to Johannesburg flight route. We've carried out 9 price comparisons of this route over the last year and British Airways have been cheapest 3 times, 1time airline twice, Nationwide Airline twice (although that was a long time ago), Kulula once and Mango once. So much for 1time and Comair's groans about Mango undercutting the market, British Airways is the real king of cheap!

    Survey date

    1time

    BA

    Kulula

    Mango

    Nationwide

    South African Airways

    11 Apr 2008

    719

    550

    652

    741

    661

    743

    1 Mar 2008

    679

    550

    868

    696

    586

    747

    19 Jan 2008

    589

    550

    426

    633

    481

    706

    8 Dec 2007

    1569

    1200

    1556

    1332

    1402

    2073

    27 Oct 2007

    639

    730

    656

    746

    695

    657

    15 Sep 2007

    499

    720

    589

    599

    671

    1010

    4 Aug 2007

    549

    719

    539

    sold out

    511

    644

    23 Jun 2007

    449

    718

    499

    301

    483

    643

    12 May 2007

    549

    713

    499

    548

    481

    993

    Survey dates are approximately 4 weeks before flight dates tested, prices were checked for flights between 1729 and 2031.

     

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