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Interlink Airline cheapest

SouthAfrica.TO survey
15 Aug 2008 flights
surveyed on 19 Jul 2008

That new kid on the block, Interlink Airlines, continues to outcompete the more established airlines - this week with a price of R548 from Johannesburg to Durban. For the first time we've added the Shosholoza Meyl train to our survey, and it costs R140 to take this train from Johannesburg's Park Station to Durban.

Flights from Johannesburg to Durban
Bus trips from Johannesburg to Durban

British Airways economy class

1357

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1200

Interlink Airlines economy class

548

Citiliner bus

160

Kulula Airline economy class

810

City to City bus

Fully booked

Mango Airlines economy class

599

Greyhound bus

225

1time Airline economy class

928

Intercape bus

160

SAA economy class

1088

SA Roadlink bus

135

British Airways business class
Interlink Airlines
business class
SAA
business class

2041
1298
1465

Translux bus

Fully booked

Shosholoza Meyl
140

Interlink Airlines flight IDO21 scheduled to leaving Johannesburg at 1730 and arrive in Durban at 1830 was cheapest:

Total Flight Fees

R 349.00  

Airport Taxes

R 199.00  

TOTAL AMOUNT DUE (VAT INCLUDED)

R 548.00  

Interlink Airline plane parked at airport

Very high flight prices

Whilst Interlink Airlines was the cheapest, British Airways has the dubious honour of offering the highest flight price we have recorded for a one-way economy class ticket from Johannesburg to Durban (R1357). The R928 for 1time airline is also the highest it has offered on this route.

Interlink also cheapest business class

Interlink Airlines is also offering the cheapest business class flight from Johannesburg to Durban (R1298).

Flight price inflation at 35%

The cheapest flight price has increased by 35% over the last year:

Date

Flight route

Cheapest Airline

Flight price

15 Aug 2008

Johannesburg to Durban

Interlink Airlines

R548

3 Aug 2007

Johannesburg to Durban

Nationwide Airlines

R402

Bus trips

It's old news now that the Baz Bus increased its prices for a 7-day pass from R1020 to R1200 on 1 July. For the first time since the 26 April 2008 survey, SA Roadlink are offering the cheapest bus trip from Johannesburg to Durban (R135), however for the extra R5 I'd rather have the additional safety of the Shosholoza Meyl train. Translux and City to City are fully booked.

Board:

Destination:

Date from: dd-mmm-yy

Date to: dd-mmm-yy

Discount:

Coach Line:

Number of Seats:

Reference:

 

Board

Destination

Board Date

Time

Arrival Date

Time

Carrier

Service No

Class

Available

Fare

JNB

DUR

15 Aug 2008

08:30

15 Aug 2008

15:30

RL

2100

LUXURY

+10

175

JNB

DUR

15 Aug 2008

11:00

15 Aug 2008

18:00

RL

2102

LUXURY

+10

175

JNB

DUR

15 Aug 2008

14:00

15 Aug 2008

21:00

RL

2104

LUXURY

+10

175

JNB

DUR

15 Aug 2008

20:30

16 Aug 2008

04:30

RL

3100

BUDGET

+10

135

JNB

DUR

15 Aug 2008

22:00

16 Aug 2008

05:00

RL

2108

LUXURY

+10

175

SA Roadlink bus

Record low car rental price

First Car Rental have set a record low car rental price in any survey we have carried out at any location in South Africa this year. First Car Rental's R324 for the weekend starting the 15th August beats the previous record of R326 by Tempest Car Hire.

First Car Rental at Johannesburg Airport

Best hotel prices in Durban

In our survey of hotel prices in Durban, Road Lodge was cheapest as usual (althought its price has gone up, in line with the rest of the City Lodge Group). The Suncoast Hotel & Towers set a record for all the wrong reasons - the highest price in Durban this year.

Hotel night

Protea Hotel Edward

City Lodge Durban

Road Lodge Durban

Holiday Inn Garden Court South Beach

Holiday Inn Garden Court Marine Parade

Southern Sun North Beach

Suncoast Hotel & Towers

15 Aug 2008

1192

698

380

710

803

779

1302

Gara Lamarche survives South Africa

Considering that the previous time she visited South Africa she was robbed at gunpoint, Gara Lamarche is pretty brave to come back for more. After arriving in South Africa, she flew from Johannesburg to Richards Bay and then to the Hluhluwe Game Reserve - clearly the going was fairly slow in parts.

seeing cattle from a car

Photograph of the day

A brand new Boeing in a Spicejet (Indian airliner) livery parked at the airport and ready for duty.

 

 

 

 

JETLAG

I bought the book "JETLAG" about SAA in the Coleman Andrews era - I'll share the more interesting quotes from it:

  • "Mike Myburgh's hold on the helm of Transnet's subsidiary South African Airways had been tenuous. The question was not whether he was going but how much of his going was whiteness and Afrikaansness and old-guardness and how much was SAA's figures", Denis Beckett on Mike Myburgh being axed to make place for Coleman Andrews in 1998.

Front cover of "JETLAG: SA Airways in the Andrews era"

Ryanair reduces flights

Ryanair has decided to reduce its winter flights from Stansted, by grounding 8 aircraft. It blames BAA Stansted for refusing to work together with it to reduce airport charges for those 8 aircraft - "Like most monopolies, the BAA dismissed Ryanair’s reasonable requests out of hand".

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