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Flight path from Johannesburg to Melbourne

Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Melbourne

Since V Australia stopped flying the route, there are no direct flights from Johannesburg to Melbourne; so you're going to have to stop somewhere to cool off on the way. Even though it's one heck of a detour, the Middle-Eastern Airlines are often cheapest (Emirates, Etihad & Qatar Airways). The Flying Kangaroo, Qantas, usually offers the cheapest airfares.

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  • 6 February 2014. You can now fly 1-stop from JHB to MEL via PER, with SAA (so many 3-letter acronyms!) & Virgin Australia through their brand new codeshare.

  • 16 May 2013. John Karatzaferis files papers claiming he was injured when a flight attendant hit his left knee with a trolley which was being pushed along the aisle, on an August 2011 Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Melbourne. He claims the "pain & dysfunction" in his knee also led to "anxiety & depression".

  • Mar 2011. V Australia quits flying from South Africa to Melbourne.

  • Dec 2010. V Australia planned to add a third weekly flight from Johannesburg to Melbourne, when it takes delivery of its 5th Boeing 777-300.

  • Mar 2010. V Australia starts operating twice weekly Melbourne-Johannesburg flights on Boeing 777-300ERs . "I am very proud to be bringing our fresh new Aussie airline to South Africa and can't wait for it to touch down for the first time on South African soil. I know V Australia will offer true value for money, while at the same time providing a brilliant service. I am especially pleased that it will mean lower fares to Australia and will also bring more Aussie visitors to experience the special beauty of South Africa, its people, its landscape, and of course, the big five."said Richard Branson.



We carried out a snapshot survey of flight prices from JHB to Melbourne, and then ordered them from the cheapest airline at the top (this will have changed since).



Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi,
Abu Dhabi to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (25 to 38 hours)
Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Singapore Airlines

Johannesburg to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (20 to 33 hours)
Singapore (SIN)


Johannesburg to Dubai,
Dubai to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (31 to 32 hours)

Qatar Airways

Johannesburg to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (23 to 40 hours)
Doha (DOH)

+ Qantas

Johannesburg to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (15 to 17 hours)
Sydney (SYD)

+ Virgin Australia

Johannesburg to Melbourne (MEL)

Perth (PER)

Qantas Airways

Johannesburg to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (15 to 17 hours)
Sydney (SYD)

Cathay Pacific Airways

Johannesburg to Melbourne (MEL)

1-stop (24 to 25 hours)
Hong Kong (HKG)

Malaysia Airlines

South African flights suspended from 31 January 2012

Etihad Airways flight

Shortest Flight path from Johannesburg to Melbourne

It is 10,339km from Johannesburg to Melbourne, about the same distance as from Los Angeles to Auckland. There are now no aircraft operating direct flights from Johannesburg to Melbourne. However, even when V Australia flew the route, rules governing twin-engined 777 aircraft which V Australia flew from South Africa, required them to be within 3 hours flying time of an airport at all times. So, instead of flying the shortest route V Australia flew a more northerly route keeping within 3 hours of Perth and Mauritius (SAA and Qantas 747s, which have 4 engines, fly a more southerly route from Johannesburg to Sydney). The 777 is about 20% cheaper to operate than 747s.

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