FlySafair Growth Continues with New Route Launch

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While the pandemic has pushed most airlines to rethink their networks, the majority of the world’s airlines have chosen to cut some of their routes and reduce frequencies. However, a few airlines have opted for a reversal from that trend and instead sensed an opportunity to grow their networks.

The latest route launch in South Africa comes from FlySafair who will offer flights between Bloemfontein and Cape Town effective from July 30, 2021.

The route will fly twice a week, on Fridays and Sundays.

Flight FA840 departs Cape Town at 7 am and arrives in Bloemfontein at 8.35 am, while flight FA 841 departs at 9 am and lands at 10.50 am in Cape Town on Fridays.

On Sundays, flight FA842 leaves Cape Town at 11.15 am and lands at 12.50 pm. Flight FA843 leaves Bloemfontein at 1.30 pm and arrives at 3.05 pm

According to FlySafair Chief Marketing Officer, Kirby Gordon, airfares on the new route start from R721.

Across the world, we’re seeing domestic carriers like ourselves leading the recovery of the airline industry. There are, however, a number of factors hindering the rebound in the South African market that are beyond our control. By offering our customers more options and flexibility when it comes to routes, we hope to make a sustainable impact on the local industry’s recovery.

The airline foresaw ‘a great deal of potential growth’ on this new route, especially with the agricultural sector, medical and law professions, and students attending school in and around Bloemfontein,” he said.

Gordon further explained thate the health of airlines is a great indicator of economic prosperity in a country.

According to IATA’s Value of Aviation report from 2019, carriers like FlySafair play a pivotal role in economic growth by creating connections for the free flow of trade, people, investment and ideas. The report noted that in 2018, 472 000 jobs were supported by the air transport sector and it contributed $9.4-billion (R138.5-billion) to the country’s GDP.”

He said there was still more which need to be accomplished in the future and urged members of the travel industry to continue to inspire confidence in customers and find new ways of enticing them to travel.

Meanwhile, once travel between South Africa and Mauritius is permitted, FlySafair aims to operate twice-weekly flights between the two destinations.

The airline got its rights application approved to operate flights between South Africa and Mauritius earlier this year. The route will launch later this year, pending international regulations and the current travel restrictions by Mauritius.

FlySafair is one of Africa’s foremost specialist aviation companies offering a wide range of specialist airlift services. Its operations began in October 2014, but the company behind the airline, Safair, has been in operation for over 50 years.

In one part of the business the airline operates an incredible type of aircraft called the Lockheed Hercules C130 an amazing aircraft which allows it to carry large and bulky cargo and land in obscure places from short dirt runways in deep Africa to ice in Antarctica.

The other side of FlySafair’ business has been a leasing and cargo business where it largely operates Boeing aircraft on contract for other airlines.

Being a Level 5 BBBEE contributor, it has operated the maiden flight for Kulula and has done work for Air Namibia, South African Airways and Ryanair to name a few.


By Joyce Mukucha


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