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Durban to Johannesburg flight prices

SouthAfrica.TO survey
5 October 2007 flights
surveyed on 8 Sep 2007

1time airways

British Airways

Kulula airline

Mango airways

Nationwide

SAA

R369

R577

R374

R427

R402

R411

Johannesburg night skylineThis week you don't have to squeeze into the Mango sardine can to get on the cheapest flight. The relative comfort of 1Time airways flight 1T226, costing R369, leaves Durban at 1950 on the 5th October and arrives in Johannesburg at 2100.

Low average flight prices from Durban to Johannesburg

After the high flight prices we witnessed in September as a result of the school holidays, a long weekend and the Twenty20 cricket; it's pleasing that flight prices are normalising in October. In fact the average flight prices from Durban to Johannesburg have crept down to the lowest we've surveyed this year:

Flight date and route

Average flight price

1 June flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R547

13 July flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R429

24 August flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R428

5 October flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R427

1Time does well on the Durban to Johannesburg flight route

Out of the 4 surveys we've conducted this year on the Durban to Johannesburg route, 1Time airways have offered the cheapest flights on 3 of them (the exception being the 24th August, when a Nationwide flight was cheaper):

Flight date and route

1Time airways price

Cheapest flight price

1 June flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R329

R329

13 July flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R329

R329

24 August flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R369

R315

5 October flights from Durban to Johannesburg

R369

R369

SAA & Mango airlines' abuse

What's with the staff at the two South African government carriers? AngryThere have been two (too many) media reports in the last couple of weeks of abusive crew members of both Mango airways and South African Airways. First a Mango airways cabin attendant, irritated by a passenger calling out "crapairline.com", grabbed and pushed a passenger in the aisle shouting "Move, I need to get past". "I said: 'Hold on, I'm just waiting for these people to take their seats,' and then she threatened to get me thrown off the plane."

Then it was reported that a South African Airways crew member verbally abused fellow crew members on the 1 September SA061 flight from Lagos to Johannesburg. According to South African Airways spokesperson Robyn Chalmers, the crew member was restrained and sedated by a doctor on board "to ensure passenger safety and comfort".

Dublin don't want your poison

Any seasoned traveller will tell you that no matter how poor the quality of what passes for skunk in Dublin, don't take your Durban poison along with you on a flight from Johannesburg to Dublin. A 35 year old (you should know better by that age) South African man has been arrested after a flight from Johannesburg to Dublin via Zurich, when a sniffer dog discovered 35 kilograms of herbal stash on him.

South African discovers Google earth flight simulator

Google earth is an incredibly useful tool for exploring places before you travel there (warning before downloading - you could spend ages on it!). Now, a South African has discovered an unpublished Google earth flight simulator. Marco Gallotta, a computer science honours student at UCT, discovered an F16 flight simulator on Google earth when he held down the keys, Ctrl+Alt+A (yes, there are people who do this kind of thing!). Yet another great tool for wannabe pilots/terrorists to practice on.

British Airways web traffic

For those interested in statistics, below is a graph which provides an indication of the % of web traffic which British Airways is reaching through its website.

Foreign airline flights

Ryanair
"We bow to nobody"

"There is no shortage of ambition here. We bow to nobody. We'll stuff every one of them in Europe, we wont be second or third and saying 'Didn't we do well?'" Michael O'Leary, the head of Ryanair flights, as quoted in Siobhán Creaton's book "Ryanair: How a Small Irish Airline Conquered Europe".

New flight routes

Alicante mapWe are now covering flights from London to Bermuda - land of tourism and financial services, as well as flights from London to Alicante (in Spain) and Manchester to Alicante.

Eurostar train goes carbon-neutral

The Eurostar train provides the fastest way from London to Paris (only disputed by Ryanair!), emits the least amount of emission and is now going carbon neutral (pity it's a bit pricey).

Flight specials in September

British Airways are running a September sale and there's also a KLM Break Away sale going on in September 2007. Time flies when you're having fun - people are already planning for mid-2008 - Thomsonfly have started their summer 2008 flight sales.

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