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SouthAfrica.TO : Cheap flights survey

Some missions in life are never-ending, and for us it's the mission to shed light on the cheapest flights in South Africa. This week we look at flights from Durban to Johannesburg.

A tie! Kulula & 1time share the honours

1time airline

1time airline

British Airways

Kulula Airline

Mango Airline









For the first time in the (short) history of this survey we have a tie! Early in the morning of the 5th May 2007, we examined flights from Durban to Johannesburg leaving on the 1st June 2007 between 1729 and 2031. Kulula Airlines and 1time Airlines were the joint cheapest at R329. We don't believe that this is a coincidence. Clearly these airlines are watching each other closely, which we welcome as competition is very very healthy for airline passengers.

Kulula Airline

South African Airways offered the cheapest full service flight from Durban to Johannesburg, at R806.

SAA whip

Erwin cracks the SAA whip

SAA went with their begging bowl to government, were given R1.2bn and also given an ultimatum - they have 2 years to get their act together or face privatisation - read about it at Erwin cracks the SAA whip.

Mango stops Durban-Bloemfontein flights

Without much fanfare, Mango Airlines has stopped operating flights between Durban and Bloemfontein. The last flight was on the 3rd May 2007.


Are flights to Port Elizabeth viable?

Alec Erwin thinks that flights to the friendly city are "marginal" about it at Port Elizabeth flights

At last, a Springbok crushes an All Black

This article has a look at the problems of large airline passengers and small airline seats.

Frequent flyer award goes to...

Last week our frequent flyer award went to the Judge President of the Labour Court, Raymond Zondo, who has been raking in the air miles on flights between Durban and Johannesburg. Not far behind the frequent-flying judge is Minister of Safety & Security, Charles Ngqakula, who undertook an unprecedented trip to Britain to reassure foreign investors that South Africa is serious about tackling crime. Ngqakula is considering similar trips to Austria as well as Italy. In this correspondent's experience, police stations are manned by barely literate policemen, who don't answer their phones and still fill in police dockets with a pen. The only purpose for filling in a police docket is to get a case number to file with one's insurers. A police force which don't even answer telephone calls can hardly be considered having a serious attitude towards tackling crime.

Mango airline increases its Johannesburg-Cape Town flights

Possibly signalling the profitability of the route, Mango Airlines have upped their number of daily flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town to 7 per day on weekdays (6 on weekends). We do a full analysis of the Johannesburg to Cape Town route.

Welcome home Bob

Bob arrives home

Former England test player, South African cricket coach and Pakistan cricket coach, Bob Woolmer, arrived home on Sunday the 26th April 2007, 6 weeks after he was murdered (on the 18th of March), following Pakistan's loss to Ireland. Bob's casket arrived on board a commercial flight to Cape Town from Jamaica. Welcome home, Bob. May you rest in peace.



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