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Flight prices screaming up

SouthAfrica.TO survey
29 August 2008 flights
surveyed on 29 Aug 2008

In today's survey flight prices are very high, with all airlines charging over a thousand rand for a flight from Cape Town to Durban. Other than high fuel prices, there is no reason why flight prices should be so high - the 29th August is not the start of a long weekend or school holidays. This is the first time since our 24 Nov 2007 flight survey, that all airlines have quoted over a thousand rand on the CPT-DUR route.

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

British Airways economy class

2036

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1200

Kulula.com economy class
leaves 1345, arrives 1540

1049
flight MN701

Citiliner coach

390

Mango Airlines economy class

1099

City to City coach

390

1time Airline economy class

sold out

Greyhound coach

495

SAA economy class

1757

SA Roadlink coach

350

SAA businesss class
British Airways business class

2236
2879

Translux coach

510

The cheapest economy class seat was on Kulula.com flight MN701, going for R1049. That makes it the second week in a row that Kulula.com have offered the cheapest flights in our surveys (see 26 Jul 2008 flight survey, where Kulula.com were cheapest from Johannesburg to Cape Town. SAA are offering the cheapest business class flight (R2236).

Kulula.com flight

Mango's record high price

Mango Airlines today set a record for the highest price it has ever quoted us to fly from Cape Town to Durban (R1049), and it was also the first time they've quoted us over a thousand rand (the previous time all airlines quoted over a R1000 Mango were sold out). Here's a record of the flight prices they've quoted us on this route:

Flight date

Mango flight price

29 Aug 2008

R1099

18 Jul 2008

R652

6 Jun 2008

R623

25 Apr 2008

R960

14 Mar 2008

R733

1 Feb 2008

R550

21 Dec 2007

sold out

9 Nov 2007

R947

28 Sep 2007

R639

17 Aug 2007

R639

6 Jul 2007

R851

25 May 2007

R548

Mango Airline plane from the front

High bus prices

Baz Bus (R1200), City to City coach (R390), Citiliner coach (R390) and Greyhound coach (R495) have all recorded their highest prices on the Cape Town - Durban route.

Cheapest coach prices

In the face of some bad publicity from its accidents, SA Roadlink seem to have lost their pricing power and continue to offer the cheapest coach prices (R350 from Cape Town to Durban).

Board

Destination

Board Date

Time

Arrival Date

Time

Carrier

Service No

Class

Fare

CPT

DUR

29 Aug 2008

18:30

30 Aug 2008

20:30

RL

2761

LUXURY

350

SA Roadlink coach accident

From Minneapolis to Cape Town

Stella finally makes it to Cape Town (after travelling from Minneapolis to New York, New York to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Cape Town). She seems to be enjoying it in the Mother City, but has to get used to jailing herself into her house! Below is the view from the house she's staying in in Cape Town.

Devils Peak in Cape Town

First Car Rental Johannesburg

Here's a clickie of the offices of First Car Rental in Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

First Car Rental in Johannesburg

Ryanair's crying game

The Temple Bar is not not happy about how Ryanair's staff go on in an interview about how great their company is: "You have to respect the way in which Ryanair staff have no problem acting like a trained advertisement monkey every time they get to speak about the company, but god I could never imagine myself screaming about how much my company is better than competitors, especially if I was on a news program listened to by a huge number of people across the country. It would frankly be embarrassing. I suspect that they (Ryanair Staff) need to shower, ala Crying Game, after each ultimately whoring experience endured at the bequest of their CEO."

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