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Mango cheapest flight in a year

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4 Oct 2008

Mango is offering the lowest flight price we've surveyed on the Durban - Cape Town route in a year (if it looks high to you, note that our surveys are all done on Friday afternoons/evenings, when flight prices are a bit higher than usual, but it's also the most practical time to fly). Mango flight JE387 is scheduled to leave Durban at 2115 and arrive in Cape Town at 2325.

one-way flights from Durban to Cape Town
bus trips from Durban to Cape Town

BA - British Airways : economy class

1205

Baz Bus (7 day pass)

1200

Kulula Air : economy class

sold out

Citiliner bus

390

Mango : economy class

659

City to City bus

390

1time Airline : economy class

sold out

Greyhound bus

495

SAA - South African Airways : economy class

1846

SA Roadlink bus

599

BA business class
SAA
business class

3177
2188

Translux bus

510

At R659, Mango's flight price is the lowest we've surveyed from Durban to Cape Town since 22 Sep 2007, when Nationwide Airlines quoted R630.

Mango plane at the airport

A business perspective

From a business point of view we think Mango has missed a trick here. With both Kulula Air and 1time being sold out, they had a great opportunity to cash in with higher prices. This raises the question - is Mango (1) being run as a business and trying to maximise profit, or (2) is it a taxpayer subsidised flying service being offered to the public?

Business class flights

For business class flights, SAA is once again cheapest from Durban to Cape Town. In fact, its business class flight price (R2188) is very close to its economy class price (R1846).

bus prices from Durban to Cape Town

Other than SA Roadlink increasing their price from R550 to R599, bus prices are exactly the same as last time we surveyed the Durban to Cape Town route.

Green index lowest this year

We keep track of the cost of flying relative to the cost of travelling by bus, and call this index our "green index" (as it is more environmentally friendly to travel by bus than to fly). With the decrease in flight prices as a result of Mango's low price, the green index has dropped to its lowest level this year.

Date
Green index
Cheapest flight
Cheapest bus

4 Oct 2008

1.7

R659 (Mango Airline)

R390 (City to City & Citiliner)

23 Aug 2008

2.3

R899 (Mango Airline)

R390 (City to City & Citiliner)

12 Jul 2008

1.9

R699 (Mango Airline)

R370 (City to City bus)

31 May 2008

2.9

R1085 (Mango Airline)

R380 (City to City bus)

19 Apr 2008

2.2

R790 (British Airways - BA)

R360 (City to City bus)

8 Mar 2008

2.5

R739 (Mango Airline)

R299 (SA Roadlink)

26 Jan 2008

2.0

R691 (Nationwide Airline)

R350 (Citiliner & City to City bus )

15 Dec 2007

2.4

R725 (Mango Airline)

R299 (SA Roadlink)

Katie joins a Cape Town mission for African Leadership

God bless Katie! In June Katie flew from Birmingham to Cape Town via London and she didn't just visit the pretty places like Camps Bay and Lions Head (see photo below of Khayelitsha). She's staying at a mission for African Leadership (joining up with missionaries from Canada, Korea & Portugal) and doing a lot of good, at the same time as getting to know Capetonians at a much deeper level than most travellers. Great to know that there are people like her around, the world is a better place for it.

Shack in a Cape Town township

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