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In-flight food and drinks are included in the airticket. Fly Go-Air is a premium carrier, which means that food, drinks and baggage costs are included in your airticket.
Fly Go-Air is no longer operational!
Fly Go-Air relaunched at OR Tambo International on the 16th of May 2015. The airline operated only one flight, from Lanseria to Nelspruit when they first launched in 2012. Unfortunately their second attempt at cracking the domestic market has also failed, as allegations mounted that it was operating illegally.
The airline's first flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town was originally set to take off on the 29th of June 2015, but was moved forward to the 13th of July 2015. Ticket sales opened on the 21st of May 2015.
The airline operated as a premium carrier, which means that food, drinks and checked luggage costs were all included in their airfare. The other two premium carriers operating on the route are British Airways and South African Airways. FlySafair, Kulula and Mango are the three low cost carriers operating on the route, and Skywise fit in between the low cost and premium carriers. Passengers were allowed 20kg of checked luggage (unlimited number of bags, but the total weight of all the bags cannot exceed 20kgs) and 7kg of carry-on luggage free of charge.
It was only after a nasty fight with SA Airlink that it was revealed that FlyGoAir was never in posession of an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and presumably was selling tickets on behalf of another AOC. Despite this they presented themselves as an airline, in contravention of the Civil Aviation Regulations. No FlyGoAir flights have taken off in 2016 and all their social media sites have been either shut down or inactive since October 2015. This seems to be the end of the road for the airline's second attempt at cracking the market.
The latest in a series of start-up airlines has decided to lay criminal charges against SA Airlink after what it describes as industrial espionage. FlyGoAir CEO Reg Sivsanker claims that SA Airlink tampered with the airline's computers and that he has proof in video footage. SA Airlink has retorted that two staff members acted on their own when they stole a glance at FlyGoAir's computers and that they have been disciplined accordingly.
This however isn't the only claim that Sivsanker has made against SA Airlink, with a long list of anti-competitive complaints against them. SA Airlink CEO Rodger Foster has retorted, saying: “This allegation is reckless and malicious and vindictive, more so in light of FlyGoAir’s poor performance. Importantly, the allegation relates to computers that are not under lock and key and are open within the airport concourse, in the same way as Airlink’s computers."
We wonder where this saga will end - in court or with the end of one the airlines?
21 September 2015: From the 4th of October 2015 Fly Go Air will operate scheduled flights between Pietermaritzburg's Oribi Airport and Johannesburg. Flights will start from R685* one-way and is nearly half that of other competitors on the same route. In addition to these massive savings, these flights along with all other Fly Go Air flights are elegible for a free* Budget car rental. Terms and conditions apply to this offer.
4 June 2015. If you book a return flight between Johannesburg and Cape Town before the 19th of June 2015, you will receive another return ticket absolutely free of charge. The ticket can be redeemed on any Fly Go-Air flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg within a period of 12 months. The special only applies to flights that have been booked to depart in the month of July. There is limited availability, so hurry up and book your flights if you want to get in on this special.
Fly Go Air's booking engine went live on the 22nd of May 2015. The airline first announced that their booking engine would go live on the 21st of May, but as is with new systems one always enoucnters some teething problems when setting up a new system. Tickets start from R1985* (now R1485) for a one way flight between Cape Town and Joburg. The airline is focusing on attracting high end and business travellers. There seems to be only one return flight available on every second day of the week. You can only pay for your flight online with a credit card.
They are going to be using Bombardier CRJ100ER planes leased from Cemair. The airline operated a Bombardier CRJ jet which seats 50 people giving them somewhat of an advantage over the other airlines operating on the route. Because they will be using a smaller plane the total travel time will be considerably less than that of SAA and BA. The Boeings that the other airlines use carry plus minus 180 people, while Fly Go-Air will have a capacity of only 50. The process of check in, boarding, getting off the plane and waiting for your checked luggage at the carousel will be much faster because there are less people on the plane. Cutting travel time is what most of us are looking for when travelling for business or pleasure. If Fly Go-Air can save people time, then we can see them sticking around for some time.
Bookings to be taken maximum 2 months in advance. “Passengers can be assured; they will not have to suffer the same fate as those passengers who lost money on advance bookings on airlines that folded.” said Rajesh Sivsanker, Chief Executive of Fly Go-Air.
The registration number of the company is 2007/023796/07, and the company name is Fly Go-Air (Pty) Ltd.
12 December 2012. On its website you can apply for a VIP Loyalty card by giving your name and email address. Within 45 days of applying you must have paid for your first flight, and have activated the card. Every 6 flights you've flown qualifies you for a free one-way flight within the next calendar year. For one flight every 90 days your spouse can get a 50% discount. They also mention a free flight on your birthday (can it be that simple?) and access to a VIP lounge at Lanseria Airport (with complimentary beverages) for VIP Loyalty cardholders.
"The above are subject to availability and standard Fly Go-Air Terms and Conditions.
All free flights only apply to Fly Go-Air's Domestic routes.
All free flights are valid for one way, non-return flights only.
Subject to availability of seats.
*Terms and Condition's apply
10 December 2012. Fly Go-Air initially planned to launch flights between Lanseria and the Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport from 25 November 2012, but early in November 2012 changed the start date to 10 December 2012. You could book Lanseria to Kruger flights from R999 for travel from 10 December 2012 until 11 February 2013. The HLA=MQP flights are in the morning at 07h30, and the MQP-HLA leave at 16h00. Flights are Every day, except Saturdays its only one-way from HLA to MQP & Sundays 1-way from MQP to HLA. "While people spend their lives dreaming, I've spent mine trying to make my dream a reality and so far, I am succeeding. Any business needs support to succeed and that's all I'm asking for - a fair chance of support. Fly Go-Air will be using Lanseria as its major hub providing an alternative route for our passengers." said Reg Sivsanker, Chief Executive of Fly Go-Air. "This is a good initiative also for Mpumalanga tourism and I must say that it is a brave step that is appreciated and will be supported by the department." said the MEC for Tourism, Mr Norman Mokoena.
November 2012. The airline initially planned to launch flights between Lanseria & Polokwane from 14 January 2013, but scrapped those plans in early November 2012 (The plan was for flights to leave at 15h30 and return the next day 08h30. Flights were to be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Friday - not Saturdays & Sundays).
3 November 2012. For the first time we noticed at the bottom of the Fly Go-Air website a logo with the words "operated by Cem Air". Does this mean that Cem Air is the company they are leasing planes from? Cem Air have a fleet of CRJ 100LR and Beech 1900 planes.
29 October 2012. The website is opened for online bookings.
7 September 2012. Fly Go-Air applies for a Domestic Air Service Licence in Class I; S1010D, air service type S1 and S2, aircraft category A1.
7 March 2012. The website flygoair.co.za is registered by Rajesh Sivsanker, Chief Executive Officer of Fly Go-Air (Pty) Ltd. The admin address Suite 3, Pietermaritzburg Airport, Pharazyn Way. The postal address is given as PO Box 165, Merrivale, 3291.
16 July 2010. Fly Go-Air applies for a Domestic Air Service Licence in classes I & II for air service type S1 and S2 in aircraft category A2; giving its business address as "3 Funnel Place, Chase Valley, Pietermaritzburg".
9 June 2015. Fly Go-Air is running a student training program. Student who want to apply need to go to their offices at Terminal B departures at OR Tambo International. They will also be giving away bursaries to selective number of top applicants. For more information on how to apply for the training program please see the image below: