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Johannesburg to Durban

SouthAfrica.TO survey
14 Sept 2007 flights
surveyed on 18 Aug 2007

Johannesburg to Durban flight prices

1time airline

British Airways

Kulula Airline

Mango Airline

Nationwide

SAA

R429

R1108

R681

R427

R409

R521

Nationwide Airlines

Nationwide Airline still cheapest on Johannesburg to Durban flights

It's the third time this year we've surveyed the Johannesburg to Durban flight route and each time Nationwide Airlines has offered the cheapest flight. Nationwide Airlines flight 442 leaves Johannesburg on the 14th September at 1835 and arrives in Durban at 1945; the flight costs R409.

Durban surfersPast surveys of Johannesburg to Durban flights

Nationwide Airline has had the cheapest flight price in all our past surveys of the Johannesburg to Durban flight route. For the record, here is the history of Nationwide's flight prices as compared to the average flight price on the route. We can also see from this that an expensive time to fly from Johannesburg to Durban is in the June holiday period, when average flight prices are some R300 more expensive than the rest of the year. So, if you're planning on going on holiday in Durban in June 2008, book early! (the same principle holds for holidays in the rest of South Africa).

Survey date

Flight date

Nationwide Airline's price

Average flight price

26 May 2007

22 June 2007

R596

R899

7 July 2007

3 August 2007

R402

R585

18 August 2007

14 September 2007

R409

R596

London to Johannesburg flight prices

Are any of your family looking to leave grey skies and the Thames behind for a few weeks and fly to sunny South Africa? Here's a comparison of the prices of flights from London to Johannesburg:

date

Air Frnce

BA

bmi

Egypt

Emirats

Ethi

Eti

Iberia

KLM

LH

NW

SAA

Virg

15 Aug

£535

£742

714

£590

£510

-

£465

£488

£514

£700

£595

£739

£741

Etihad Airway's flight from London on the 28th November and the return flight from Johannesburg to London on the 19th December 2007 is the cheapest at £465.

Morally unacceptable to booze before lunch

SAA has announced that they are no longer going to be serving alcoholic beverages before noon, as they "believe it is inappropriate to serve alcohol on morning flights" - according to SAA's morality it becomes appropriate to booze at noon. Which begs the question - will Manto be switching to 1Time Airline for her morning flights? For those who enjoy consuming alcohol, "SAA will continue to serve a full bar service after 12 o'clock".

South African Airways

Serves booze from 12am

Drunk

Kulula.com Airline

Serves booze from 10am

British Airways

Serves booze from 10am

1Time Airline

Serves booze
all day

SouthAfrica.TO on Facebook

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Mango Airlines flight to Johannesburg

We review Mango Airlines on this flight from Cape town to Johannesburg, and vow we'd rather pay extra to fly with 1Time, Nationwide or Kulula than climb into the Mango can again.

1Time flight1Time versus Mango Airlines

On a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we compare 1Time airlines to Mango Airlines.

Avis slightly more dangerous than Hertz

We compare Avis and Hertz's Johannesburg airport outlets, and how their knowledge regarding car babyseats shapes up. While both Avis and Hertz are pretty clueless when it comes to delivering the correct car babyseat (different age babies require different size seats), Avis beats Hertz to the bottom by a short head.

Airline market shareFinancial Mail's take on the South African airline industry

In this article, the Financial Mail has a look at the South African airline industry and its main participants - 1Time, Kulula, British Airways, South African Airways, Nationwide, Mango Airline, Airlink and SA Express.

Melrose Arch Hotel versus Holiday Inn Garden Court (Sandton)

While much more swanky than the Holiday Inn, the Melrose Arch Hotel is seriously lacking in certain areas (although it does have awesome pepper grinders!). We review the Melrose Arch Hotel, and see how it shapes up against the Holiday Inn Garden Court (in Sandton).

Pilots and pay

Ever wondered whether pilots get paid the same on the various airlines? Anecdotal evidence has it that:

SAA subjects Ugandan minister to new form of "apartheid"

Maurice KagimuUganda's economic monitoring minister, Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka, claims that on a South African Airways flight he was the victim of a new form of “apartheid; shocking, crude and embarrassing! All the passengers were sprayed as if they were carrying bedbugs or lice. To me, this is a new form of apartheid created by these people to mistreat others. We don’t carry bedbugs to be sprayed.” Hmm. Clearly nobody has explained to the Ugandan minister that spraying a plane is standard practice for all international flights.

Cardiac arrest on SAA flight

A man went into cardiac arrest on board SAA flight 316 from Cape Town to Johannesburg, which left Cape Town at 0838 on Saturday the 11th August. Two passengers with medical backgrounds assisted the man, probably saving his life. "We saw this man, he stopped breathing and started gasping for air. Then he went pale. We thought he was going to die."

New South Africa flight routes

Thanks to some input from a reader, "George flights!!!", we have updated our web pages for flights from Jeddah to Johannesburg and flights from Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg. We have also refreshed our webpage which helps you get onto a cheap flight to Johannesburg.

New SAA flight route

SAA's first flight from Johannesburg to Libreville (Gabon) is leaving Johannesburg on the 19th September 2007. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, SA086 leaves Johannesburg at 17h00 and lands in Libreville at 21h05; the flight from Libreville to Johannesburg (SA087) leaves Libreville at 09h20 and lands in Johannesburg at 15h25 on Thursdays and Sundays.

Lanseria AirportLanseria Airport is rising

In our last survey of flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, we were surprised to see that the Kulula flight from Lanseria airport turned out to be cheaper than any flights from OR Tambo Airport (partly because of the lower airport taxes). Then last week LAM announced that it would be operating its Johannesburg to Maputo flights from Lanseria Airport. We needed no further encouragement, and have set up a dedicated webpage for Lanseria Airport.

International flight news

Busses are cheaper than planes again! In our latest comparison of travelling costs from London to Paris , the National Express (a bus service) offered the cheapest trip from London to Paris, with a British Airways flight coming in second cheapest.

We have expanded our flight routes to cover flights from London to Brussels (Belgium), flights from Manchester to Newquay (Cornwall, UK), flights from Manchester to Plymouth (UK), flights from London to Plymouth (UK) and flights from Manchester to Bristol (UK).

Inclusive flight pricing is the way forward

In February, the UK's Office of Fair Trading issued a warning gainst 13 airlines which did not include all costs, such as taxes, in their advertised flight prices. As a result eleven airlines have changed their pricing to include all costs (bmibaby, easyJet, Flybe, flythomascook, Germanwings, Globespan, Jet2, Thomsonfly, Monarch, Sky Europe and Wizz Air). And back in South Africa we have Kulula.com turning the clock back - they used to display flight prices inclusive of all costs, but have recently decided to exclude airport taxes (other culprits of this practise are South African Airways and Interlink). Now where's the South African version of that UK Office of Fair Trading?

Flybe flight hit by lightning

A Flybe flight from Birmingham to Belfast was struck by lightning, and forced to divert to Manchester Airport. "Flybe confirms that an aircraft was struck by lightning after take-off from Birmingham. As a precaution, the plane which was bound for Belfast was diverted to Manchester where it made a routine landing. Passengers were transferred to another aircraft to complete their journey to Belfast. The lightning strike did not damage the aircraft, which underwent a thorough inspection and there was no danger at any time to passengers or crew."

A Life in Full FlightRyanair flights quote of the week

"Business books are bullsh1t and are usually written by w*nkers." Michael O'Leary - the man in charge of Ryanair flights - full name, Michael Gerard Joseph Mary O'Leary. If it weren't for the fact that he heads the world's most succesful low cost carrier, it would be difficult to believe a man who's name is "Mary". The quote comes from Michael O'Leary's biography by Alan Ruddock, "A Life in Full Flight: The story of the man who made Ryanair take off".

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