East London And Durban Flight Prices Set To Fall As FlySafair Enters The Fray

Drum roll please, the results are in, the people have had their say and due to popular demand the low-cost domestic carrier FlySafair has extended its routes to include the coastal cities East London and Durban.

The routes you’ve been waiting for are finally here with FlySafair.

FlySafair have put the public first by running a voting campaign to see which routes are preferred. In a poll which saw  more than 20 000 South Africans voting, East London to Cape Town proved to be the most popular choice with Durban to Johannesburg coming second, Durban to Cape Town third and East London to Johannesburg coming fourth but almost tied.

FlySafair New Routes Vote Results

How much?

Their base fares (including tax, excluding checked luggage) will be R448 for East London to Cape Town and vice versa, and R448 for East London to Johannesburg and vice versa offering a dramatic reduction on average fare prices to these cities.

Durbanites have not been neglected as FlySafair will be operating a new route between Durban and Johannesburg and vice versa at a base fare of R448 and Durban to Cape Town and vice versa at a base fare of R548.

Hand luggage up to 7kg is included in the price of your ticket.


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Travelstart researched average fares for 2015 and found the costs for certain routes were not as competitively-priced as one might hope. In the first quarter of 2015 the average fare for a flight from East London to Johannesburg amounted to R1851 while the average fare for a flight from Johannesburg to East London was R2813. From Durban to Johannesburg the average fare was R1488 and from Johannesburg to Durban the average was R1675. Durban and Cape Town came to an average fare of R2057 and Cape Town to Durban amounted to an average of R2010. FlySafair estimates the average cost of East London to Cape Town at R1800 and Cape Town to East London at R2500.

FlySafair have reduced fares by up to 39% on some routes they operate and have seen a corresponding increase in demand of up to 132% on some routes. And they’re bringing a refreshing competitive edge to previously unoperated routes.

How often will they fly?

Between Cape Town and East London FlySafair will operate 2 flights daily (one inbound, one outbound). Between Cape Town and Durban they will operate 4 daily flights (two inbound and two outbound). And for those commuting to and from East London and Johannesburg there will be 4 flights daily during the week (two inbound and two outbound) and 2 flights daily on the weekends. Between Johannesburg and Durban FlySafair will now operate 8 flights daily (four inbound and four outbound).

When to book?

New route (ELS and DUR) tickets go on sale 22 July, for flights starting 25 October 2015.

Also read:

FlySafair Route Network South Africa

About FlySafair

In keeping with the spirit of a true low cost carrier, FlySafair do things a little different than what most of us are accustomed to. Although it is standard practice in Europe for low cost airlines to charge extra for pre-seating and checked baggage, FlySafair is the first South African airline following this model. The cost is R250 for one 20kg piece of checked luggage and R150 if you pre-order through Travelstart.

To date FlySafair have operated almost 4200 flights and transported more than 450 000 people. Their ACSA-measured on time performance is the best of all domestic airlines year to date at 95%. It’s encouraging to see FlySafair using their low cost carrier model to the customer’s advantage as well as for their own expansion. This introduces much-needed competition between low-cost carriers. The bottom line is customers get to fly more often for less.

Our Readers Comments

  1. It would be great to include PE to Durban. 🙂

    • Hi Louise,

      Yes hopefully in the near future they might had this to their route 🙂

  2. We can then fly to jhb to el and vica versa . When will this miracle happen

    • Hi Ria,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The New route tickets go on sale 22 July, for flights starting 25 October 2015.

    • How about a flight from Umtata to Durban,East London or Cape Town?

    • Hi Koko,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Have you searched our website for possible flights? On http://www.travelstart.co.za you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option. Prices will vary depending on the dates of travel selected if one is flexible it can sometimes bring the cost down.

  3. WOW! this will be a Godsend to us. Now we can visit our children or they us!

  4. You go FlySa, i like the new route of Jhb to Dbn im sure that soon i will be booking a flight to go down to Durban! The prices are very good, too!

  5. Hi, another route would could be considered is an East London – Durban route. Any chance of this in the near future?

    • Hi Ross,

      Lets hope in the near future they will start operating this route, it would be great. Rather sooner than later.

  6. Thx to all who voted, thx to Safair for coming to the rescue. SAA need competition, they were ripping us off. Now come everyone let’s support Safair.

  7. What about Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg and visa versa. Also a very popular flight. Was this on your survey?

    • Hi Hannah,

      Fly Safair along with Mango, SAA and BA fly this route Port Elizabeth to OR Tambo. You welcome to search for lights on http://www.travelstart.co.za you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

  8. This is great news for the domestic traveller and students! At the moment flights between Durban and East London are limited to one airline and prices are exorbitant with the current best price being offered at
    R 3462.84 return!! Will SaFair be offering flight between Durban and East London? And if so, at what price? Holding thumbs!!

    • Hi Cheryl,

      Who knows when they might start flying this route. Fingers crossed it’s rather sooner than later. As would be awesome. 🙂

  9. Please fly Jhb to East London from Lanseria. And return.

    • Hi Cindy,

      Not sure if Lanseria will be top of their list as they already have OR Tambo and other route requests seem to be of more priority, but one never knows. Fingers crosses.

  10. Thank you so much for Cpt to EL route. It is high time.

  11. would like indicative rates from Dbn to East London return
    Hoeing to fly this at least once or twice a month
    Sounds great to hear of your operation and would love to travel with you
    Regards

    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Prices vary depending on dates of travel. You welcome to check for flight prices on: http://www.travelstart.co.za here you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

  12. This is great for the East London – Johannesburg route. Thank you

    • Hi Mthetheleli,

      Yes I know this is pretty awesome 🙂 Very exciting!

  13. Will they also provide unaccompanied minor, service? Because my daughter can only fly SAA because they the only company that provides the service.

    • Hi Donavan,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am afraid as we are not able to assist with unaccompanied minor bookings we are not to sure with regards to your query. You would need to contact the airline direct for this and they would be able to advise accordingly.

  14. Any luck of a route from durban to El in the pipeline?. .those fares are horrific!

    • Hi Yvonne,

      Great to hear from you.

      Hopefully in the near future they will start flying Durban to East London. Would be great 🙂

  15. Is there no flight to Port Elizabeth

    • Hi Lungiswa,

      Fly Safair and other carriers do have flights to Port Elizabeth departing from both OR Tambo and Cape Town.
      If you are wanting an alternative route you welcome to search for flights on http://www.travelstart.co.za where you are able to view all the different airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

  16. Can’t wait for E.L to Durban

  17. Please do consider DBN to ELS please

    • Hi Luyanda,

      Yes hopefully in the near future they will open up to this routing, would be great 🙂

  18. Fantastic, thank you for including EAST LONDON.

  19. E.L TO DURBAN Please

    • Hi Cathy,

      At the moment Fly Safair don’t fly this East London to Durban. Maybe in the near future they will start to operate this route.

      Fingers crossed, as would be great.

  20. I would also appreciate you guys looking into EL to Dbn pls.

    • Hi Sally,

      Hopefully in the near future Fly Safair might look into this route. Rather sooner that later. Fingers crossed 🙂

  21. Nothing from EL too Durban???

  22. I recently made a comment that I would rather drive to PE and fly from there and would never fly from East London due to the ridiculous costs. I am over the moon that this will no longer have to be the case. I fly a great deal for work unfortunately still mostly between East London and Durban, but I definitely see more holiday travels in my future. Thank you

  23. Flights to Nelspruit, would be a bonus as well.

  24. Durban to East London will definitely make sense, given the rip off prices of SAA currently. Even 2 flights daily – in & outbound will be good for a start. I think Safair have missed a golden opportunity by leaving out EL to DBN, as this is one of highest priced routes currently, thus any cheaper flights on this route will do well. DBN is the most popular local tourist destination, most people would prefer a low cost flight than traveling by road for 8 hours one way.

  25. Hope there will be route from EL to Bloem.

  26. Thank you for these great deals, when can I make a booking for a flight to East London from Joburg? I can’t wait!

  27. Durban to PE and vice versa please. Current prices are so high!!

  28. Would love flight from Durban to PE and back!!SAA is a rip off.

  29. This is great. What a relief. I wish you were starting tomorrow to travel these routes.

  30. EAST LONDON TO DURBAN PLEASE.!!!

  31. Awesome awesome news!!! The sky iscthe limit… i look forward to trying out their service!

  32. Great idea looking forward to do business with you.Thanks

  33. We’ve been waiting for this drastic changers, the competition is good for us especially East London

  34. Why not Cpt George East London and vice a versa?

  35. Please leave your comment…Thank you guys were really appreciate this from the bottom of our hearts

  36. Wow, this is great news indeed….

  37. Please consider a route even once a week form Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town. I own a B&B and 50% of my guests are from CT. They complain bitterly at having a 1.5 hour drive to King Shaka Airport.

    • Hi Tina,

      We doubt demand for PMB is enough to make the route a viable option for them at this time, however, who knows what will happen a few months from now. I agree it’s time SA’s smaller airports got their share of the low cost airline pie.

  38. Durban to PE or EL would be nice please.. Also how about a phone number to book?

    • Hi Mike,

      We hope the airline will consider these routes in the near future as there certainly seems to be demand for them. All we can say for now is “watch this space” :).

      If you prefer to make a telephone booking call our agents on 0861 878 278.

      Cheers!

  39. please mtata to CT, PE, EL and DBN flight plzzz

    • Hi Nontobeko,

      Hopefully in the near future they might consider these routes. Fingers crossed 🙂

    • Please we are still waiting for
      PE -Durban route

  40. Why is the Durban to East London link always overlooked. So many people have complained about this and it’s time something is done about this. Because at the moment with the one airline servicing this route their prices are nothing short of daylifht robbery.

    • Hi Andre,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes it is a pitty about this. But for now I think they focusing on the more popular routes. Who knows hopefully in time to come they will start looking at Durban to East London, as a few people have mentioned this. Fingers crossed its sooner than later 🙂

  41. Hi,

    If flying from CT to DBN say your ticket costs R499, must we then add on R250 or R150 for luggage?

    • Hi Tracy,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      If you flying with Skywise you will need to add on the additional amount for luggage. If you add it on at the time of making the booking instead of at the airport it is cheaper only R150

  42. What about Bloemfontein and flights from it to …any other than only Cape Town(not even best price)

    • Hi Tas,

      As for now Safair is looking at the more popular routes.

      Hopefully in the near future they might think of flying in and out of Bloemfontein.

      Let’s hope its sooner rather than later.

  43. Hi Macelle. Good to hear the exciting news. Last date of special plz

    • Hi Zukiswa,

      Great to hear from you.

      Sure is exciting news.

      Their base fares (including tax, excluding checked luggage) will be R448 for East London to Cape Town and vice versa, and R448 for East London to Johannesburg and vice versa offering a dramatic reduction on average fare prices to these cities.

      Currently there is no last date for these ticket prices it is just subject to availability.

      New route (ELS and DUR) tickets go on sale 22 July, for flights starting 25 October 2015.

  44. Hi. Thanx for the great news .

  45. I’m so excited about the new routes but I think two flights per day from East London to Cape Town may be overkill. I remember when 1Time was still around their EL-CPT flights were constantly nearly empty. I would think they should start with weekends and mid-week flights and take it from there. But hey, I’ll be more than happy if it works.

    • Hi Megz,

      Interesting feedback, thanks for that.

      Yes fingers crossed it works out and that there will be lots of bums in the seats 🙂

  46. Include Bloemfontein and I’ll be excited! All of you low cost airlines boast about what you can deliver, but all of you forget about the judicial capital of South Africa, Bloemfontein! We are seriously ripped off when it comes to airfare – a return trip to Durban costs just short of R5000.00!!! Utterly ridiculous! Except for Mango flying between BFN and CPT, no other low cost airline serve our city! Initially, I contacted Kulula and they told me to ‘watch this space’ – I’ve been watching for more than a decade!

    • Hi Lulu,

      I feel your frustration and yes would be great if other airlines would start operating direct flights from Bloemfontein. However the airlines need to see which is the more popular routes and most in demand from passengers wanting to fly. As they need to have what they call “bums in the seat” to make sure its feasible in order for them to fly that route.

      Hopefully in time to come one or two of the other airlines will start flying out of Bloemfontein. Fingers crossed, lets hope sooner rather than later.

      the flight prices have unfortunately gone up over the years. It’s a nasty combination of inflation, fuel price increases and the weakening of the Rand (which also affects fuel prices).

  47. This is very good news for business and tourism especially for East London. Well done guys, can’t wait for ELS-DUR route. Thumbs up Safair.

    • Hi Ndumiso,

      Thanks for the support and great feedback. Fingers crossed they will start flying ELS – DUR sooner rather than later. Would be great 🙂

  48. PE to Durban would be great

    • Hi Tess,

      Hopefully in the near future they might think of flying this route. Would be pretty awesome if they do 🙂

  49. Great news for us Cape Town, E L flyers, lets hope we are never again subjected to the exorbitant prices SAA have been fleecing us with. R 3900.00 return this month by SAA, rip offs.

  50. Thank you for including EL and JHB. I also think EL and DBN route would be awesome.

    • Hi Ayanda,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Hopefully in the near future they will start operating this route. Fingers crossed it will be sooner than later.

  51. Hi
    If its a group of 8 ppl,do we get a discount

    • Hi Malindy,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately 8 passengers is not considered a group booking. This would be 10 or more passengers, but then you would need to contact the airline direct to see if they offer group discounts.

  52. Flights starting so late in October. It would be nice if it started at the beginning of September cause that is when I need to go to Durban.

  53. How about from JHB to George? or Plett? and visa versa?

    • Hi Mandy,

      Thanks for your comment. Hopefully in time to come the airlines might offer this route. It would be great for the OR Tambo to George, and sure quite a few others agree. Fingers crossed 🙂

  54. What about flights from Durban to Port Elizabeth and return ? This is most needed.

    • Hi Julian,

      Not sure when when they might start operating this route. Hopefully this could be in the pipeline in the near future. Fingers crossed.

  55. East London to Durbs would be great…they should consider that rout

    • Hi Redzy,

      I know, would be pretty awesome. Hopefully they will consider this soon 🙂

      Sooner rather that later 🙂

  56. Please leave your comment..woow u guys its lik am dreaming,,,,,thanks so much wat of eastlondon 2 durban….u people only r440 this unbelivable.

    • Hi Juko,

      Yes this is great news with the new routes FlySafair are not operating. Very exciting.

      It really is great when passengers have a wider options on flight options 🙂

  57. I hope there will be one between Bloemfontein and East London. It seems Bloemfontein is forgotten in every airliner plans.
    Please consider us in Bloemfontein

  58. Thanx for the info guys, and what about Mthatha to DBN, Mthatha to Cape town, Mthatha to Jo’burg

    • Hi Nontle,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately Mthatha is not one of the most popular routes so I don’t think they will consider operating it anytime soon.

      Hopefully in the future they might consider it, but who knows when.

  59. I don’t see flights from east london to durban and durban to east london?

    • Hi Courtney,

      thanks for contacting us.

      You welcome to search for flight prices on http://www.travelstart.co.za here you are able to view all the different
      airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.
      For the routing you looking at SA Express operates.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

  60. Please fly from durban to east london and vice versa. SAA is charging the people who commute between these two places and arm and leg. We have been keeping SAA alive because of the cost they charge us.

    DBN –> EL –> DBN PLEASE, it will always be full flights.

    • Hi Rupesh,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Fingers crossed in the near future they might consider flying this route. It would be great I think. Hopefully bringing in some competition and making competitive fares.

  61. Yessss! At last some competition to SAA for the ELS-DBN route. I just paid R7500 for one-way tickets for 3 kids& myself. This route between ELS- Dbn will do great.. Plenty of commuters for this route. Start ASAP!!

  62. Hi Marcell
    I’ve checked SAFair website to book for flights from Durban to East London commencing in October 2015 however no option was given for this route on the online booking format. Please advise or notify your IT department on this short-coming/fault as posting (and advertising ) via Travelstart that you are due to fly from Oct2015 on this route (Dbn-ELS) then not having that option to book online can cost your company SAFAir to lose credibility very quickly.

    • Hi Shehnaaz, just take not that in the article we mention that the flights start on 25 October, so it’s not from the beginning of the month. Also, the flights aren’t between East London and Durban, they’re between Joburg and Durban, Joburg and East London, Cape Town and Durban and Cape Town and East London. Safair are not flying between Durban and East London at all.

  63. When will Safair be be flying from East London to Durban return?

    • Hi Julie,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Hopefully the low cost airlines will start expanding on those routes however we not sure when. The less popular routes like East London to Durban could be sometime I think.

  64. East London – Durban route plz

    • Hi Nontando,

      Thanks for contacting Travelstart.

      Prices for flights depend on dates of travel.

      You welcome to search for flight prices on http://www.travelstart.co.za here you are able to view all the different
      airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

  65. I know I’m just repeating what so many have called for: Safair route between DBN & EL.
    Even if Safair charged R1000 each way, I would jump at it. The existing SAExpress prices are ridiculous. R1000 would be more than half the existing prices.

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