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Nationwide are back

SouthAfrica.TO survey
22 February 2008 flights
surveyed on 26 Jan 2008

Nationwide are back! We looked at flight prices from Durban to Cape Town on the 22nd February 2008, and Nationwide are the cheapest. Nationwide flight 628 leaves Durban at 1700 and arrives in Cape Town at 2015, costing R691 for the one-way flight.

Flights from Durban to Cape Town
Bus trips from Durban to Cape Town

British Airways

1100

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1020

Kulula Airline

sold out

Citiliner bus

350

Mango Airline

733

City to City bus

350

Nationwide Airlines

691

Greyhound bus

465

1time Airline

699

Intercape bus

sold out

South African Airways

1450

SA Roadlink bus

399

Translux bus

460

Nationwide plane on the tarmac
Nationwide and Mango are neck and neck

On the Durban to Cape Town flight route, Nationwide are in a neck and neck tussle to be the cheapest airline. With it being the cheapest airline this week, Nationwide airlines have now been cheapest on the Durban to Cape Town flight route in 4 of our surveys, and Mango Airlines have been cheapest in the 3 surveys. However, Mango Airlines holds the record for the cheapest ever flight price from Durban to Cape Town (R477, surveyed on the 30th June 2007).

What about Nationwide's solvency?

Nationwide must have suffered losses whilst it was grounded, and the concern is that they go insolvent, leaving airline tickets purchased worthless. Nationwide are also the only airline in South Africa which doesn't publish its balance sheet - I would like them to publish their balance sheet, so that potential passengers can be reassured that there is little chance of them going solvent.

1time airline photo

A photo of a 1time airline plane taxying at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport, taken from International departures.

1time airline aircraft taxying at Johannesburg airport

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