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Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha

There are only Airlink flights from Johannesburg to Mthatha (Umtata, JNB-UTT) - no other airlines fly the route.

For cheaper airfares be flexible with your dates, and consider taking the train or driving (it's about a 9 hour drive over 850km). There are only flights from Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport to Mthatha, and no flights from Lanseria Airport.


  • From the 7th December 2013 all flights to Mthatha Airport must have military authorisation. From 13 to 14 Dec 2013, in the runup to Nelson Mandela's funeral, no commercial flights are allowed to Mthatha Airport, except for Airlink's scheduled and charter flights. On 15 December 2013 no commercial flights are allowed into Mthatha whatsoever.

  • 1 October 2012. Airlink begins using Embraer ERJ135 jets on the JNB - Mthatha route, shortening the trip from 1h40m to 1 hour: "The positive passenger growth is attributed to growing interest in this region both as a tourist destination and its increasing influence as one of the important hubs in the Eastern Cape."

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Mthatha


South African Airlink

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo to Mthatha (UTT)

non-stop (1 hour)

Train trip from Johannesburg to Mthatha

It is possible to catch the Shosholoza Meyl train from Johannesburg to East London, and then use the Kei Rail Service to get from East London to Mthatha.

About Mthatha

Mthatha is the urban centre of the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality (the largest of 5 municipalities in the OR Tambo District Municipality), in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Mthatha (then Umtata) was the capital of the old Transkei.

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