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8 May 2009 flights
survey on 11 Apr 2009

The Indaba 2009 (a travel fair) takes place in Durban from the 7th May until the 12th May, so we were expecting flight prices from Cape Town to Durban to be on the pricey side. And indeed, SAA Premium Class is the most expensive ever (R3241) and Kulula is the most expensive since 29 March 2008, but thanks to Mango Airline's R671 prices are in fact 21% cheaper than they were a year ago!

Flights from Cape Town to Durban *
Coaches from Cape Town to Durban

Mango economy
leaves CPT 1905, arrives DUR 2105

R 671
flight JE362

SA Roadlink coach
leaves CPT 1830, arrives DUR 2030(+1)

R 299

1time Airline economy class
leaves CPT 1745 arrives DUR 1945

R 706
flight 1T648

Citiliner coach via Port Elizabeth
leaves CPT 0630, arrives DUR 0840(+1)

R 390

Mango Flex
leaves CPT 1905, arrives DUR 2105

R 966
flight JE362

City to City coach
leaves CPT 1700, arrives DUR 2030(+1)

R 410

Mango Plus
leaves CPT 1905, arrives DUR 2105

R 1119
flight JE362

City to City coach
leaves CPT 0600, arrives DUR 0705(+1)

R 410

SAA economy
leaves CPT 1945, arrives DUR 2140

R 1220
flight SA626

Greyhound coach via Bloemfontein
leaves CPT 1100, arrives DUR 0915(+1)

R 495

British Airways economy
leaves CPT 1730, arrives DUR 1925

R 1345
flight BA6313

Translux coach
leaves CPT 1830, arrives DUR 2110(+1)

R 510

Kulula Airline economy
leaves CPT 1350, arrives DUR 1545

R 1389
flight MN701

Greyhound coach via Port Elizabeth
leaves CPT 1845, arrives DUR 2125(+1)

R 510

British Airways business
leaves CPT 1945, arrives DUR 2140

R 2762
flight BA6313

Translux coach
leaves CPT 0630, arrives DUR 0630(+1)

R 510

SAA Premium class
leaves CPT 1945, arrives DUR 2140

R 3241
flight SA626

Baz Bus
(7 day pass)

R 1250

*one-way, including tax, leaving CPT between 1344 & 2031 on the 8th May 2009.

Not often that you see a British Airways flight is cheaper than Kulula.

Yzerfontein wedding

Just like we rarely choose text-only blog postings as our blog of the week, we also rarely choose photographs-mainly blog postings - this week is notable exception, as a Cape Town photographer took the most awesome photos of a wedding in Yzerfontein.

wedding in Yzerfontein

The shift system

"As well as flying days, part of the shift system also includes periods spent on standby. All flight crew on shift have to live within ninety minutes of the airport crew room in full make-up so that they can be called in at short notice. In any one week an attendant can have three flying days and two spent on standby for which they also get paid. In the smaller airlines such as ours they get called in to fly at short notice about 70% of the time. This can happen at any time during standby. If you have been on standby all day, unable to drink or stray further than 90 minutes away from the airport, you can be called in at 5:50 pm, in the last ten minutes of your shift, and asked to do a seven-hour night flight." Imogen Edwards-Jones, as quoted in Air Babylon (available at Kalahari net).

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