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School holiday flights

3 April 2009 flights
surveyed on 7 Mar 2009

Well done Kulula Air - that's two in a row for cheapest on our DUR (Durban) to JNB (Johannesburg) flight surveys. But both Mango & 1time have no tickets left at the time we check. The reason is because school holidays for the coastal provinces (Northern Cape, Western Cape, Eastern Cape & KwaZulu-Natal) start on the 4th April 2009.

Flights from DUR to JNB *
Bus & train trips from Durban to JHB

Kulula.com economy class
flight MN604 departs 1930 arrives 2040

623

Shosholoza Meyl train economy class

100

British Airways economy class
flight BA6220 departs 1730 arrives 1840

1308 **

City to City bus
departs Durban 0800 arrives JHB 1535

130

South African Airways economy class
flight SA576 departs 1920 arrives 2030

1080

SA Roadlink bus
departs Durban 2030 arrives JHB 0430

150

British Airways club class
flight BA6220 departs 1730 arrives 1840

1907

Intercape bus
departs Durban 1100 arrives JHB 1740

150

South African Airways premium class
flight SA576 departs 1920 arrives 2030

1907

Shosholoza Meyl train tourist class

170

Mango economy class

no flights

Citiliner bus
departs Durban 2100 arrives JHB 0445

180

1time Airline economy class

no flights

Translux bus
departs Durban 2200 arrives JHB 0535

210

Interlink Airline economy class

no flights

Greyhound bus
departs Durban 1330 arrives JHB 2100

245

Mango Flex

no flights

Premier Classe train

750

Mango Plus

no flights

Baz Bus
7 day pass

1250

* flights leaving Durban for Johannesburg on the 3rd April 2009, between 1729 and 2031
** R1308 is the cheapest BA flight on the BA website, but BA6212 can be booked for R723 on the Kulula site (see tips for cheap flights to view this and other hints for buying reasonably priced airline tickets).

Records for SAA, Kulula & overall flight prices

Here's a history of SAA & Kulula's one-way flight prices from DUR to JNB. As you can see, today's flight price is a new SAA record (previous record R949 in the 28 Nov 2008 flight survey), Kulula record (previous record was R577 in the 13 Dec 2008 survey) and overall record (previous record was R577 in the 17 May 2008 survey).

Flight date

Kulula flight price

SAA flight price

Cheapest flight price

Fri 3 Apr 09

623

1080

623

Fri 20 Feb 09

536

941

536

Fri 9 Jan 09

609

933

548

Fri 28 Nov 08

559

949

531

Fri 17 Oct 08

559

862

548

Fri 5 Sep 08

489

829

489

Fri 25 Jul 08

529

892

398

Fri 13 Jun 08

577

678

577

Fri 2 May 08

447

516

409

Fri 21 Mar 08

531

592

395

Fri 8 Feb 08

431

578

296

Fri 28 Dec 07

491

873

410

Fri 16 Nov 07

611

526

426

Fri 5 Oct 07

374

411

369

Fri 24 Aug 07

374

509

315

Fri 13 Jul 07

329

411

329

Fri 1 Jun 07

329

806

329

SAA uninterrupted?

SAA had the following notice on their website: "South African Airways (SAA) operations remain uninterrupted despite industrial action by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu). SAA implemented a full contingency plan to minimise disruptions to passengers after Satawu embarked on industrial action, since the 20th of February."

However, we know of at least one person who's delivery of air cargo was delayed en-route from Cape Town to Sydney, purportedly as a result of the strike.

Brett is disturbed by Johannesburg

Brett caught a flight from New York to Johannesburg, and was disturbed by what he saw and heard about the old apartheid regime (he spent 3 hours at the apartheid museum) and the gap between rich and poor - he describes the even distribution of wealth as being central to South Africa's success. He also draws attention to the corruption of the ANC.

rubbish in Johannesburg

It pays to be nice at check-in

"Depending on what computer system the airline uses, check-in staff can talk to one another via simultaneous email. So when check-in staff seem to be taking an age to type your rather short name into their computer, they are probably sending one of their mates a message - usually about you or occassionally about someone else in the queue behind you. These messages range from the basic - 'Have you seen the nose/tits/arse/gut on her?' - to the more malicious - 'I've got a right old c**t here; can anyone suggest a screaming child for him to sit next to? They can also add comments or messages to your ticket that flash up as you arrive at the gate. So the cabin crew are warned in advance that a 'twat' is approaching or a 'difficult bastard' is on his way and that you should be treated accordingly - i.e. given your dinner/drink last, asked to move at the last minute to a seat next to an enormously fat man. You see, it really does pay to be pleasant at check-in." Imogen Edwards-Jones, as quoted in his book Air Babylon (available from Kalahari net).

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