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Durban to Cape Town flight prices

SouthAfrica.TO survey
19 October 2007 flights
surveyed on 22 Sep 2007

1time airline

British Airways

Kulula airline

Mango airways

Nationwide

SAA

R999

R782

R916

R639

R630

R1015

After topping the charts 5 weeks in a row up to the 25 August 2007, Nationwide has been off the boil but now they're back (from outer space...Gloria Gaynor might say). Nationwide flight 606 is the cheapest flight from Durban to Cape Town, leaving Durban at 1400 and arriving in Cape Town at 1610.

Nationwide airlines plane on the tarmac

Flight prices boiling over

The average flight price in this survey represented the most expensive average flight prices from Durban to Cape Town surveyed so far this year.

Survey date

Flight date

Flight route

Average price

19 May 2007

15 Jun 2007

flights from Durban to Cape Town

R 727

30 Jun 2007

27 Jul 2007

flights from Durban to Cape Town

R 651

11 Aug 2007

7 Sep 2007

flights from Durban to Cape Town

R 789

22 Sep 2007

19 Oct 2007

flights from Durban to Cape Town

R 830

Nationwide awesome from Durban to Cape Town

Nationwide airlines have an awesome record on flights from Durban to Cape Town. They have had the cheapest flight 3 of the 4 times we've surveyed this route (the time they weren't cheapest their website wasn't working) this year.

Survey date

1time airline

British Airways

Kulula airlines

Mango airlines

Nationwide Airlines

SA Airways

19 May 2007

R649

R651

R999

R849

R600

R611

30 Jun 2007

R649

R610

R869

R477

not working

R649

11 Aug 2007

R749

R1032

R874

R639

R630

R809

22 Sep 2007

R999

R782

R916

R639

R630

R1015

On flights from Cape Town to Durban Nationwide airlines have topped the charts two out of the four times we've surveyed that route this year.

Air France-KLM cheapest from London to Cape Town

Flight prices from London to Cape Town are going through the roof, but a KLM flight (wait for it...) booked on the Air France website was the cheapest in our survey. The flight leaves London for Cape Town on the 1st January 2008 and returns from Cape Town to London on the 17th January (both flights via Amsterdam).

Air France

British Airways

bmi

Iberia

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

LH

NW

Qatar

SAA

Virgin Atlantic

£565

£794

£888

£2931

£566

£875

£1057

£771

£908

£898

In our previous survey a British Airways flight was cheapest (from London to Cape Town return) at £501.

Mango airlines' deceptive advertising

We were ecstatic when we received a Mango airlines email encouraging us to "fly Mango for less than R90" and calling it a happy hour all day long. Some happy hour. It's akin to a bar advertising a happy hour where you can "buy a drink for less than R90", then when you arrive at the bar finding out that you have to buy two drinks, and whilst the first one costs R87 the second costs R549. Creating these illusions of low prices only to be dissapointed at a later stage is all so unnecessary, and ends with Mango losing credibility.

Dilbert on marketing

Look north and copy!

easyjet airlines flightThe future is already here - it's just not evenly spread out. South African carriers would do well to keep their eyes peeled on what's going on up north and plagiarise the good stuff. In a brilliantly simple (aren't they always?) innovation easyJet airline (a UK based low-cost carrier) have introduced text messages (SMS's) to keep their passengers informed of flight departures:

  • 4 hours before an easyJet airline flight departs a text message is sent to passengers confirming the departure terminal and the time of take-off

  • another SMS is sent just before closure of check-in

  • a final SMS is sent prior to the boarding gate closing

Kulula advert banned

An advertisement which Kulula.com emailed out on the 9th July 2007 has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, as it does not properly display the fact that the advertised prices exclude airport taxes.

Record number of visitors to SouthAfrica.TO

On the 14th September we had a new record number of visits to our website in one day - 2,967 absolute unique visitors popped by our website (all welcome, and there's place for plenty more). Every time we think that the number of web visitors have peaked, we are surprised when it hits a new peak. We are amazed at the interest shown in the South African airline industry, and humbled that it is our website that the choose to visit.

Mango airlinesWe have another Nationwide on our hands

Mango airlines are copying Nationwide airlines' business model, by combining a no-frills offering with a business class offering. Dubbed "Top Class", Mango airline's business class offers flexibility of flights (we call it "leave late now or leave late later"), 30kg luggage, a "free" (that's if you can call paying R700 extra free) meal and access to a business class lounge.

1time takes SAA to court

Remember the July 2005 South African Airways strike? During the SAA strike, 1time airline helped out with ferrying the stranded SAA passengers around. 1time had a verbal agreement with SAA to pay them for this work and invoiced them for some R1.3 million, of which SAA paid about R0.9m. A dispute has arisen over the remaining R0.4m and 1time airline is not only taking South African Airways to court, but the 1time CEO - Rodney James - has said 1time will no longer carry stranded SAA passengers unless they fully pay for their 1time tickets.

Changes to flight routes

"Your hinterland is there"

In its quest to return to profitability, SAA has announced large increases in its African flight routes. SAA also plans on increasing its flight capacity to 11 of its 19 African destinations - Entebbe, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Mauritius, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Gaborone, Windhoek, Kinshasa, Libreville, Luanda and Abidjan.

Flights from Johannesburg to Libreville

Four weekly flights to be launched. Later plan on operating round-trip flights from Johannesburg to Libreville, Libreville to Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire) and Abidjan to Johannesburg.

Flights from Johannesburg to Luanda

Increased by 1 per week.

Flights from Johannesburg to Nairobi

Increased to 10 flights per week (from 7)

Flights from Johannesburg to Mauritius

Increased to 8 flights per week (from 7)

Flights from Johannesburg to Entebbe (Uganda)

Remain at 4 flights a week, but using a larger aircraft, a Boeing 737.

Flights from Johannesburg to Dar Es Salaam

Remain at 7 flights a week, but 4 are using a larger aircraft, a Boeing 737.

Flights from Johannesburg to Blantyre

Remain at 2 flights a week, but using a larger aircraft, a Boeing 737.

Flights from Johannesburg to Lilongwe

Remain at 5 flights a week, but 2 are using a larger aircraft, a Boeing 737.

Flights from Johannesburg to Windhoek

Two of the weekly flights will be using a larger aircraft, a Boeing 737.

Flights from Johannesburg to Kinshasa

Two of the weekly flights will be using a larger aircraft, a Boeing 737.

Flights from Johannesburg to New York are realigned to 4 via Accra, with 3 remaining via Dakar.

Your hinterland is not in Zimbabwe

It did not take a Seabury report for British Airways to figure out that their direct flights from London to Harare weren't profitable. The losses together with the difficulties in getting aviation fuel in Harare mean that from the 28th October 2007 British Airways flights from London to Harare will consist of two legs:

We're only surprised the decision took so long. Coincidentally, the decision by British Airways to halt flights to Zimbabwe took place in the same week that Gordon Brown (Prime Minister of the UK) pushed for tougher action against Zimbabwe.

What they had to say - on the internet this week

The real problem at South African Airways

Came across this thread at PPRUNE (an online forum where pilots go to continue their gossping outside the cockpit), where a South African expat now in Canada reflects on SAA's woes over a klippies and coke, without wanting to steal his thunder here's one quote from the story - "nothing in this thing called life comes easy and sometimes you might have to work for it, whatever your race may be".

How to survive an Air Namibia flight

In this short blog entry, a Glaswegian describes how to survive an Air Namibia flight (that is, one without an accident!).

SA Express's 50-seaters

In this blog (link removed as blog has been shut down), "Zoopy" describes what he thinks of South African Express's 48-seaters (which is not too much). Zoopy is a blog by the owner of Zoopy (a South African social networking site), who went on a flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in an SA Express (SAX) 50-seater - he recommends rather taking a Kulula flight.

mango site downGood luck in getting a R90 Mango flight

We aren't the only ones who have issues with Mango's latest advert. Michael Salzwedel blogs about (link removed because the website stopped working) something we've mentioned in the past - how airlines' websites stop working due to web traffic when they are running a juicy special. Michael draws attention to Mango airlines' R90 flights special.

Emirates increases its flight frequencies

Emirates flight frequencies from Dubai to Johannesburg are being increased to 3 a day on Mondays (from 1 February 2008), Fridays (from 28 October 2007) and Saturdays (from 28 October 2007). In total Emirates flights will be 21 a week after this change (this is the second phase of their increase to 3 flights a day).

The war for website traffic

OneTime airline has gained ground and Mango has lost ground (not as many people visiting the site since they haven't given tickets away for a while?). See our update of SA airliners website rankings. Note that this survey was conducted before Mango's advertising effort on the 21st September 2007.

Foreign flight news

Flights from London to Paris

If you ever think South African flight prices are too high, have a look at the cost of these flights from London to Paris. A flight from London to Paris is about 70 minutes, so a comparable flight in South Africa is a flight from Johannesburg to Durban.

Survey date

Flight date

Air France

British Airways

easyJet

KLM

National Express *

Eurostar train **

16 Sep 2007

12 Oct 2007

£374

£89.80

£89.99 ¹

£342

£34.00

£154.50

bmibaby flights

From the 7th December 2007 there will be bmibaby flights flying from Birmingham to Madrid (bmibaby is a UK-based low cost carrier operating flights in, to and from the UK).

Silverjet flights

If you live in London, you now have two daily options to catch business class Silverjet New York flights, as it is doubling its flights between London and New York Newark from one daily to two daily, with the introduction of a new Boeing 767. In addition, Silverjet airline is, from the 18th November 2007, starting operating flights from London to Dubai. Silverjet runs a business class only service.

map of Nice in FranceFlights from London to Nice

We've revamped our webpage on flights London to Nice (pronounced "niece", Bob) in France, to include what we believe to be the top ten things to do in Nice, details of the airport at Nice and how to get to Nice using the National Express or Eurostar train.

New flight routes

With bmibaby operating flights from Birmingham to Madrid from the 7th December 2007, we decided that it's time to start covering the route. And while we're in Spain and Birmingham, we covered flights from Birmingham to Barcelona.

Air France September sales

Air France are running a load of sales of flights from London Heathrow and London City airports (in fact in our last survey of flights from London to Johannesburg, Air France came out cheapest - so it's a genuine sale).

There's no such thing as a free lunch so we don't pretend to provide one

"No frills, no extras. You pay for the flight and nothing less. That's what people want. The so-called freebies that other airlines offer aren't freebies at all. They're a rip-off. I look at it like this. If someone came up to me with a plastic tray of airline food and said, 'Will you give me a tenner for this sh1t?' I would say 'no'. There's no such thing as a free lunch so we don't pretend to provide one.'" Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet flights as quoted in the book by Lois Jones "easyJet: The story of Britain's biggest low-cost airline".

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