FlySafair (www.flysafair.com) is one of the latest entrants in to the low cost airline market in SA. Book your flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg or to another of South Africa’s key cities online now using the flight price checking engine above, or find out more about FlySafair below:
Meet Fly Safair
FlySafair is South Africa’s first true low cost airline in the business model sense. Wholly owned by Safair, a private aviation company that’s been operating in South Africa for over two decades, the airline has already brought some welcome competition into the airline market in 2015.
The airline’s primary hub is situated at Cape Town International Airport, from where it flies to four target cities around the country. It was founded as early as 2013, yet faced a number of legal and regulatory challenges in obtaining its air services license from the South African Air Services Licensing Counsel. Its most notably opposition came from established South African airline, Comair, although the airline is also in direct competition with the likes of Mango Airlines and Kulula Airlines.
The issue of local ownership was central to this obstacle, and after extensive restructuring to meet the 75% local ownership requirement, the airline took to the skies on 16 October 2014. About Safair Founded in March 1969, Safair is an aviation company specialising in aircraft chartering, cargo services, lesasing and sales as well as training, safety, maintenance and aircraft modifications. Its primary client in the 1980s was the South African Defence Force, however the company has significantly diversified its client base since then.
Safair presently operates one of the largest Lockheed L-100 Hercules cargo aircraft fleets in the world. By mid 2014 its fleet consisted of 4 Boeing 737s and 6 Lockheed LM-100Js. The company is headquartered at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, and routinely flies to Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
The 2017 Fleet
As of March 2017, the FlySafair fleet of 9 craft consists of the following airplane models:
Boeing 737-400s: 6
Boeing 737-800s: 3.
2017 FlySafair Specials
As is typical of a new airline launch, FlySafair launched with exceptionally low fares, with flights between George and Cape Town and PE and Cape Town going on sale from only R399 for a one-way flight. Their prices are still very competitive, however it is worth noting that their standard airfares do not include booked luggage, which is billed for separately. Short stay or one-day business passengers do, however, have the option of not opting for checked-in luggage, making the airline ideal for one-day business commutes between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
As of 5 March 2017, for example, the airline offers cheap flights to Durban from only R499 1-way!
The airline operates scheduled passenger flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as between Cape Town and George, and PE and Cape Town. Baggage Restrictions It is important to take note of the fact that FlySafair’s standard airfares do not include checked luggage costs. In true low cost carrier style, checked luggage is billed separately at R150 per piece upon booking.
Making your own FlySafair online flight booking
Use the above flight price comparison tool to book your own flights now, or for more information, visit www.flysafair.co.za – NOT www.flysafair.com or safair.co.za.