“We’re thrilled to have reached this milestone in such a short time,” says FlySafair CEO Dave Andrew. “This is a clear indication that the South African flying public has given our airline their vote of confidence. Many of these passengers are corporate flyers and we have been delighted by the degree of support from businesses across South Africa since we took to the skies on October 16.


“We’re thrilled to have reached this milestone in such a short time,” says FlySafair CEO Dave Andrew. “This is a clear indication that the South African flying public has given our airline their vote of confidence. Many of these passengers are corporate flyers and we have been delighted by the degree of support from businesses across South Africa since we took to the skies on October 16.

“We set out with very modest expectations for capturing the corporate market, given our initial limited network and schedule. However, we can tell from the day trip travelling patterns and company email addresses that many small, medium and even larger businesses are making use of our conveniently timed services, particularly on flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and on our Port Elizabeth services from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. As we augment our network and schedule, we anticipate that business demand will increase substantially.”

Andrew adds that the immediate demand for FlySafair flights has exceeded expectations so significantly that he anticipates that growth will take place faster than first envisaged. With many domestic and regional city pairs considerably underserved and prevailing fares that are prohibitive for most South African air travellers, he says FlySafair intends to provide a value-added alternative that will continue to stimulate increased demand in all the markets it serves. Additional routes will be announced in the first quarter of 2015.

“The numbers speak for themselves. Our ‘bare-bones approach’ has been to provide significantly cheaper fares on popular routes, while delivering industry leading on-time performance,” he concludes. “We chose not to include a hold bag in the base fare, since around 45% of passengers are only travelling with hand baggage. It would be unfair to make these passengers subsidise those who wish to travel with more luggage.

“Today’s emerging and growing businesses know they have to be thoughtful about cost control, particularly given the less than favourable economic backdrop in South Africa today. We offer a cost effective, professional, point A to point B service that gets business travellers to their meetings and conferences, on time and with minimal fuss in the booking process or at the airport.”

FlySafair offers flights to the popular tourist destinations of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and George with a base fare from R499* between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, George and Cape Town; and R399* between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and George (*including taxes). These fares secure passengers a seat, along with two pieces of hand luggage weighing no more than 7kgs combined. Any additional extras such as check-in luggage, pre-flight seat selection, on-board catering, etc. are charged for separately, which truly allows passengers to determine their ticket price.

For further information or to simple book your next flight, visit www.flysafair.co.za

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Released by: Madelain Roscher
PR Worx
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madelain@prworx.co.za

On behalf of: Dave Andrew
Safair
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