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FlySafair Airlines (www.flysafair.co.za) is South Africa’s youngest low cost carrier. Using a modern, fuel efficient fleet, the airline hopes to offer South African air travellers super affordable rates on a sustainable basis. The airline is operated by Safair Operations, a well-established South African aviation company, and has operated scheduled flights since October 2014. FlySafair has the biggest flight network in South Africa, and in contrast with the likes of South African Airways, SA Express and Airlink, recorded profits during 2016.
FlySafair initially launched their operations with only 6 flights per day between Cape Town and Johannesburg, ramping up to 10 flights per day over time. Today they operate the larges route network in South Africa. With flights to Cape Town, George, East London, Port Elizabeth, Lanseria, OR Tambo International and Durban, you can fly to just about every large city in South Africa with FlySafair. They also happen to be the most punctual airline in South Africa, despite operating the largest route network in the country.
FlySafair was the latest low cost airline to successfully get off the runway, despite a false start and a barrage of legal obstacles they faced during the course of 2013. Using a modern, fuel efficient fleet, the airline hopes to offer South African air travellers super affordable rates on a sustainable basis. The airline is operated by Safair Operations, a well-established South African aviation company, and has operated scheduled flights since October 2014.
The airline is the official carrier of South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks, and has recently been named the most on time airline in the world. As one of South Africa’s most innovative aviation brands, the airline is constantly finding ways of making the flight booking experience more convenient for their customers.
During 2017, the airline partnered with mobile phone payment provider Zapper, enabling passengers to pay for flights using their mobile phone. The airline has also partnered with RCS, as South African consumer credit provider, to make air travel more accessible for a greater number of South African travellers.
Flysafair has steadily been entrenching its position in the low cost carrier market during the course of 2017. During late November, the airline announced that it would seek regulatory approval to merge with SA Airlink, an embattled South African legacy carrier.
The move, if approved, would see the two airlines unite as the Airlink group of companies.
It is anticipated that the airlines will keep their respective brands, fleets, and management teams. Furthermore, no job losses are expected to occur as a result of the acquisition.
The move is anticipated to help reduce combined costs and increase operational efficiencies through economies of scale. It is also hoped that the move would position both airline brands for growth in 2018 and beyond.
The combined FlySafair Airlink network will connect 37 destinations across Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, stimulating both regional trade and tourism in the process.
The move will also enable Airlink to meet and exceed its BBBEE targets.
Elmar Conradie, Safair’s current CEO, is expected to remain at the helm at Flysafair. The competition commission’s decision is expected to be announced during the first quarter of 2018.
Ticket sales launched on 29 July 2014. Upon launch, FlySafair offered one-way fares between Cape Town and Johannesburg for only R499, and from only R399 one-way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
Checked baggage can be booked at a cost of R150 per piece of luggage, while seats can also be pre-booked at a rate of R40 per flight seat. In true low cost carrier fashion, meals and refreshments will also be sold onboard Flysafair flights.
FlySafair passengers can also book a rental car via the airline’s official site, www.flysafair.co.za.
FlySafair operates a fleet of Boeing 737-400s and Boeing 737-800s, super safe and reliable aircraft capable of carrying up to 185 passengers per craft.
For ONE DAY ONLY we are slashing prices by 30% on all FlySafair routes. To make your flight booking even more rewarding, choose our book online pay in store option. The payment method allows you to book online on FlightSite.co.za and pay in and Pick n Pay store nationwide. When you pay in store you will earn Smart Shopper points on your bookings. This sale is valid on flights departing from the 23rd of October until 30 November 2017. Please use the booking engine above to search for and book you flights today.
Also be sure to keep an eye out for FlySafair Black Friday specials – from only R299 per 1-way domestic flight – around 23 to 30 November 2017.
FlySafair in the news
Within a month of launching cheap flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, the airline added flights to PE to their schedule as well, followed by the subsequent addition of flights to George from Cape Town – just in time for the December 2014 holiday season. The addition of the service, combined with Flysafair’s cheap airfares, could likely result in an increase of local holidaymakers visiting the Garden Route. For more information on the airline’s flight routes and latest specials, visit www.flysafair.co.za or simply call 087 135 1351.03/06/2017
The airline has recently launched two new routes. From 27 November 2017, the airline will be offering flights between Durban and East London, as well as Durban and Port Elizabeth. Flights will be selling from as little as R499*. Yes that’s R499* for a one way flight from Durban to Port Elizabeth and East London. Use the booking engine above to search for and book your flights.11/05/2017
DID YOU KNOW? You can now book your FlySafair tickets at your nearest Pick ‘n Pay Money Counter nationwide. Pick ‘n Pay and FlightSite have partnered up to make booking flights easier. You can now book you flights at selected Pick n Pay stores nationwide. You can pay with cash, debit or credit card. You also earn Smart Shopper points when you swipe your card when booking your flight in store. Go to the Pick n Pay website to find the store nearest to you.14/06/2016
BREAKING NEWS: FlySafair will start flying between Cape Town and Lanseria as well as between George and Lanseria from the 1st of August 2016. Bookings have already opened. Flights start from R698* for a one way flight. *Subject to availability. Limited to change. Fare does not include checked baggage.
Checked baggage can be booked at a cost of R150 per piece of luggage when booking online.The airline charges R250 per bag at the airport. A maximum weight limit of 20kg applies per bag or piece of luggage applies on check luggage. Second and/or subsequent pieces of checked luggage will be charged at R250 each.
FlySafair passengers can check in online via the FlySafair website. Online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure. Clients can also check in at the airport up to 50 minutes prior to departure.
FlySafair only operates economy class cabins on all their flights.
FlySafair is not an all inclusive airline. Food and drinks can be bought on board their low cost flights.
FlySafair does not allow pets to fly in the cabin or in the cargo hold of the plane.
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