Advice for travellers


Domestic flights in South Africa

South Africa has a number of airlines flying between its major cities as well as to some of its smaller ones, with fares ranging from first-class to cut-price economy. Flights can be booked online from anywhere in the world.

Acsa Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) was formed to own and operate the nine principal South African airports, including the three main international gateways - OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International Airport (Durban). The other seven are domestic airports in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley and Upington.

Six major domestic airlines operate in the country, as well as a number of smaller charter airline companies.

South African Airways, South African Express and Airlink fly between all the major cities and to some of the smaller ones.

Kulula.com and Mango offer cut-price flights on the more popular routes between Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and George.

British Airways, operated by Comair, operates flights between the major centres.

All flight operators offer online booking services, with payment by credit card or directly into the relevant bank account.

You need to be at the airport an hour before departure for domestic flights.

Kulula.com

Kulula.com

Offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town, Durban, George, Port Elizabeth, and Nelspruit.

The airline also offers flights from Johannesburg's Lanseria Airport to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and George.

Mango

Mango

A no-frills carrier operated by SAA, Mango offers low-cost, single-class flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein.

South African Airways

South African Airways

South Africa's national carrier flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington, Nelspruit/Kruger, Hoedspriut, Phalaborwa, Mmabatho, Manzini and Maseru - as well as into Southern Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. It offers economy, business and first class cabins.

Airlink

Airlink

Flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein, George, Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington, Nelspruit/Kruger, Hoedspruit, Margate, Phalaborwa, Mmabatho, Manzini and Maseru - as well as into Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Mozambique. Classes are economy, business and first.

SA Express

South African Express

Flies locally between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Nelspruit - as well as into Botswana, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Flights are in economy, business and first class.

British Airways

British Airways

Offers return flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and the Kruger National Park in economy, premier economy, business/club or first class.

Online booking services

A number of independent web-based agencies offer pricing comparisons between the airlines, and online booking services. These include:

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