Cape Town - Flyafrica.com says the biggest advantage to the work around of having its OR Tambo route grounded is the savings to its passengers.
The budget airline introduced the route from Lanseria after a high court ruling initiated by Air Nambia, found it did not have the required licence to transport passengers between Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport and OR Tambo International Airport.
With FlyAfrica's original introductory fares of R299 fare, together with airport taxes at R580 per passenger from OR Tambo, passengers would have paid R879 for a single ticket to Windhoek.
With its Lanseria route Flyafrica has been able to reduce the airport taxes for each passenger by R300, said Adrian Hamilton-Manns, FlyAfrica CEO.
This sees passengers now paying R499 for the single ticket to Windhoek on the introductory fare, which includes R200 airport taxes.
The next fare after FlyAfrica’s introductory price of R299 is R799 - with the tax reduction, passengers can now expect to pay R599 for a single ticket. Flyafrica operates the standard low-cost model and check-in baggage is charged separately.
In addition to the change in route, the airline has introduced a special bus service from Sandton Gautrain Station to Lanseria in order to avoid any disruptions for its passengers.
“If passengers wish to take advantage of the Gautrain service from Sandton Gautrain station to Lanseria, there is a separate fee for the bus service charged at R100," Hamilton-Manns told Traveller24.
"While it is currently not bookable online, there are plans in place for the functionality to be available by the end of the week," said Hamilton-Manns.
"Passengers from Johannesburg’s Northern Suburbs will reduce their airport commute by 20-25 minutes while passengers from Soweto will see their travel time increase by 10 minutes but their flight cost reduces by over 500NAD/ZAR," he said.
Hamilton-Manns said the main objective was to bed down this new route with its three flights per week, with its longevity and frequency being determined by the airline’s passengers.
“We are very happy that we have been able to find a way to save passengers even more money. The change of airport in Johannesburg to Lanseria allows us to further reduce our costs, making our fares over 80% less than our competitors with no disruption to our passengers," said Hamilton-Manns.
Flyafrica will initially operate its three weekly flights between Windhoek and Johannesburg on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the airline committing to daily flights before November 2015. It also plans to have its operations between Windhoek and Cape Town up and running by December.
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