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British & Irish Lions 1st test

19 Jun 2009 flights
surveyed on 23 May 2009

Want to go watch the Springboks first rugby test in Durban on the 20th June (against the British & Irish Lions)? Here's a list of the cheapest flight prices after lunch on the afternoon of the 19th June - as you can see, much higher than your usual prices from Cape Town to Durban, but Mango is still offering a one-way ticket for R989 (and SA Roadlink a coach bus for R299).

Flights from Cape Town to Durban (DUR) *
Coaches from Cape Town to Durban

Mango economy class
leaves CPT 1850 arrives DUR 2050

R 989
flight JE362

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

R299

1time Airline economy class
leaves CPT 1430 arrives DUR 1640

R 1087
flight 1T646

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

R390

BA British Airways economy class
leaves CPT 1730, arrives DUR 1925

R 1321
flight BA6313

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

R390

Kulula Airline economy class
leaves CPT 1350, arrives DUR 1545

R 1474
flight MN701

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

R390

SAA South African Air economy class
leaves CPT 1720, arrives DUR 1915

R 2552
flight SA620

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

R495

SAA business class
leaves CPT 1945, arrives DUR 2140

R 2746
flight SA626

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

R510

British Airways business class
leaves CPT 1945, arrives DUR 2140

R 2918
flight BA6313

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

R510

Mango Flex

sold out

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

R510

Mango Plus

sold out

Baz Bus
(7 day pass)

R1250

*one-way, including tax, leaving CPT between 1344 & 2031 on the 19th June 2009.

A trip to Cape Town

Larch caught a flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town to attend the end of year function of Orange Street Software. He flew with Mango Airlines, and took this awesome picture which demonstrates just how little legspace Mango offer (although for some the lower price will make up for this, and if you sit at the emergency exit or the front row you'll get much more space). He didn't have many complimentary things to say about the price of the refreshments aboard the flight (e.g. R10 for a cup of coffee). In Cape Town he rented a Ford Focus, which he flagged as giving a bumpy drive. A highlight of the trip for him was attending the Obz festival - a street party (apparently not common in Pretoria/Johannesburg). He also mentioned that Cape Town International Airport is "light years" behind Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport in terms of service and quality.

legspace on a Mango plane

No horseheads on planes, please

"At Durban airport before a flight the ground staff informed me that a guy wanted to bring a horse's head onto a plane. The horse had been put down and he wanted to take the head to Joburg in a black plastic bag. We told him he had to leave it behind." Sanele Dlamini, cabin attendant (as quoted from the January 2009 issue of British Airways' in-flight magazine)

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