Please note: Skywise Airline is currently grounded. In December 2015 the airline suspended all their flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town indefinitely. We still has three world class low cost carriers, namely Kulula, Mango, and FlySafair, operating daily flights within South Africa.
Skywise, a South African low-cost carrier is the brainchild of a group including Rodney James and Glenn Orsmond – creators of 1time. Interestingly, the airline has been looking to start-up since mid-2012, but have been hampered by investor and licensing problems.
Skywise now operates under the ownership of Pak Africa. J Malik, Co-Chairperson at Skywise, stated that the company is pleased to be introducing a new sense of freedom of the skies to everyday South Africans. “We are very excited to be launching Skywise and are confident that this will offer a true alternative to the general public,” he said.
The airline’s first flight took off on the 5th of March 2015 after ticket sales officially opened on the 11th of February 2015. On the 2nd of December 2015, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) grounded Skywise because of unpaid fees for aircraft parking, take off, landing and additional service fees that amounted to R2 million. The airline had no choice but to suspend all their operations. Clients who used their credit cards to pay for their seats were asked to contact their banks to get their money back. Clients who paid cash had to download an online cash refund form which they had to complete and send back to the airline for cash refunds. The airline is searching for investors to help them get their debt paid to ACSA so that they can get their planes back up in the air. No date has been set on when they believe they will be back in the air or if they will go into liquidation.
- 02.12.15 - NB: All Skywise Airline flights have been grounded indefinitely. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) grounded the airline after it failed to settle their debt with ACSA. Attempts to contact Skywise for any further details on the suspension has been fruitless. Further updates to follow.
- 27.10.15 - Skywise has said that their unlimited travel pass offering has done so well that they are thinking of further incorporating it into their business plan. The airline might also expand the offering, into something similar to the Eurorail pass which will allow you to fly over two or three months.
- 21.10.15 - Skywise reduced the number of weekly flights that they operate between Johannesburg and Cape Town from eight to six. The airlines co-CEO, Irfan Pardesi, said they are reducing their schedule to better manage their capacity. The airline has cancelled one return flight which departed early from Johannesburg to Cape Town and returned an hour later.
- 08.10.15 - Avis and Skywise’s new partnership will allow Skywise clients to book Avis rental vehicles through the Skywise website. Once you’ve booked a Skywise flight you will be given the option of booking a car rental, you can then book the rental right after booking the flight.
- 25.09.15 - Skywise will be adding two new B737-800s to their fleet. The airline currently operates a B737-500 and a B737-300. The new aircraft’s fuel consumption is lower than that of Skywise’s current fleet. By using the new aircraft Skywise hopes to cut down of fuel spend and pass the savings on to their customers by further lowering airfares. The airline plans to have the new aircraft operating on their JNB – CPT route by the end of 2015.
- 23.09.15 - Skywise has launched the first unlimited flights subscription in South African Aviation history. For R7999 per month you can fly between Cape Town and Johannesburg for an entire month as much as you like. The subscription will allow you to boom a seat on as many flights as you like for the period you subscribed for. The subscription will run from the day you subscribe until the same day in the following month. So if you subscribe on the 14th of January, the subscription will expire on the 14th of February. The subscription is non-transferrable.
- 07.09.15 - Skywise are currently running a special on domestic Tuesday flights. Get 20% off your flight when flying on September 8, 2015, and September 15, 2015, using particular promo codes which can be found here. The expiration dates for these codes are September 7, 2015, and September 14, 2015 consecutively. T&C's apply.
- Skywise are currently running an exclusive, limited special for flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Pay only R466.64 one-way on July 28, 2015, from Cape Town to Johannesburg, and then pay the same exact fee when travelling back on July 30, 2015. T&C's apply.
- Low-cost carrier Skywise is scheduled to conduct its maiden voyage on February 11, 2015, a flight that will take place between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Significantly, this flight will carry school children adopted by the Themebekile Mandela Foundation. The date chosen is significant given that it was the same day that former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. Tickets for the public will also go on the sale on February 11 – and with their slogan reading “Less is more” we expect competitive fare.
The only current flight route for Skywise Airline takes place between Johannesburg and Cape Town - one of the busiest routes in Africa. The airline envision carrying over 36 000 passengers per month on this particular route, and customers can be sure to expect additional flight routes in the near future.
Skywise Contact Details
To get in touch with Skywise, simply call 0861989895, or carry on making use of FlightSite and make a booking through us.
Are you looking to join the dedicated team at Skywise? This low-cost South African airline is always on the look-out for intelligent, innovative people to join their ever-growing team of employees. Simply visit the Skywise Careers page to find out what vacancies are currently available.
Currently, Skywise have two Boeing 737s operational, and with which they will launch flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town in February 2015. This particular aircraft was chosen to its extraordinary fuel efficiency and affordable capital cost.