Recent weeks have seen FlySafair, the latest addition to South Africa’s low cost airlines, at full power.
The first flights were launched in mid-October between Cape Town and Johannesburg from just R499 (including taxes), followed speedily by the launch of the Cape Town to Port Elizabeth route from R399 last week. The Cape Town to George route follows next week on November 13 with e fares starting at R399.
From December 3, FlySafair will launch a second base at OR Tambo International, allowing passengers to fly from Johannesburg to George and Port Elizabeth, from as little as R499 one way.
“Our intention has always been to grow our schedule of operations and it makes most sense for us to open a second base and connect all of our current destinations, offering flights from Johannesburg as well as from Cape Town. We have had overwhelming feedback from passengers to introduce these routes, we have listened to their suggestions and we have great pleasure in being able to now offer these routes,” said Lorna Terblanche, Vice President Passenger Services.
Although a new entrant into the commercial market, the airline is backed by nearly 50 years of aviation experience from holding company, Safair. FlySafair has established itself as SA’s first true low cost carrier in allowing passengers to tailor their own tickets she added.
Based on international best practices, the airline offers passengers a base fare which secures them a seat to their destination, along with two carry-on items weighing no more than 7kg. Any additional checked-in luggage, along with the option to pre-select preferential seats or extra-space seats such as those in the front rows or at emergency exits as well as onboard catering, will be charged for according to passengers’ specific needs.
“Our aim has always been to not only bring affordable fares to the market, but to also allow new flyers to experience flying. With this announcement of a new base and new routes, we believe we are opening up the opportunity to fly to many more people – just in time for the December holidays,” Terblanche said.