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SA's airline industry springs back into action this season

As the wheels of travel start to turn once again, the most debated news this month is SAA's questionable return to the skies, but who else is back in action in time for the summer? These are the airlines currently flying and what they offer. So, get inspired and let's get back to exploring our lovely country.
SA's airline industry springs back into action this season

SAA emerges from a dark cloud to take to the skies

Just when we had begun to think that our local airline was gone for good, it’s risen like the proverbial phoenix from the business rescue process with some of the lowest prices around.

When SAA lifts off on 23 September 2021, the airline is determined to offer even more value. For now, though the only routing available to domestic travellers will be between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

On the international front, the airline will still fly to Maputo, Accra, Kinshasa, Lusaka, and Harare.

Comair is already in the air

Comair’s first flights took place on 1 September as both BA (operated by Comair) and Kulula re-started their operations.

Kulula started off its new season with a huge 30% discount on all its flights, but ticket prices have since returned to normal, and are among the highest available at present. Hopefully, the airline will rethink its costing in a market that’s returning to normal fast.

Comair used its time on the ground to come up with some innovative options for future travel that still make flying with them an affordable and flexible option in these times. These bundles include:
  • Fully Loaded – For unlimited booking changes, two bags, and priority check-in.
  • Pack & Go – Discount rates for travellers with luggage up to 20kg and two free booking changes.
  • Fly Light – The lowest fares for travellers with only cabin bags.
Kulula is offering all its usual routes from the start, with domestic flights servicing OR Tambo, Lanseria, King Shaka, George, PE, and East London.

BA is also back on track with its local offering to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, East London, and Port Elizabeth. Flights to Livingstone, Windhoek, and Nairobi are on hold until further notice. The popular Mauritius route will reopen at the end of November.

SA's airline industry springs back into action this season

Lift now offering luxury flights

While other airlines were hunkering down, Lift Airlines launched its innovative ride-sharing option, and now, with everyone else getting back in the air, it’s leading the pack again.

Lift Airlines has just launched a luxury option, called Lift Premium, that offers travellers a host of benefits, including:
  • 14kg of hand baggage and 46kg of checked baggage plus 1 piece of sports equipment
  • Priority baggage check-in
  • Unlimited flight changes with no penalties
  • Free reclining seat selection, extra leg room, guaranteed window or aisle seats
  • Additional tray table
  • Priority support and boarding
  • Dedicated check-in areas, priority boarding, and lounge access
  • Onboard refreshments and a Vida voucher
With this premium service, you can cancel your flight up to an hour before departure and receive a full refund in your Lift Wallet.

This offering launches during October 2021.

FlySafair and Airlink are still flying the flag

Our main constants during lockdown, are still going strong, with a full range of domestic flights, attractive pricing options, and seasonal specials.

You can still fly to all the major centres with FlySafair including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein.

Airlink offers service to and from Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Harare, Lusaka, Gaborone, and Windhoek.

Wing your way into spring

As the vaccination program rolls out across the country, things are slowly returning to normal.

As long as you comply with all the safety regulations, air travel remains one of the safest and fastest ways to get around.

Fortunately, most airlines have made it through these trying times relatively intact, offering business and leisure travellers a wider range of flexible ticketing options allowing you to book with confidence and plan your travels well in advance.

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