Cape Town - Travellers can start planning their east coast summer holiday flights, as FlySafair announced the flight schedules of two new domestic routes connecting KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, commencing from 27 November 2017.
The low-cost South African carrier will launch the new routes between Durban’s King Shaka Airport and East London, as well as Durban and Port Elizabeth, with the first flights set to depart on 27 November, just in time to enjoy SA's east coast for the summer holidays. Tickets are already on sale through the airline’s website.
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The flight schedule of the new routes will operate from 27 November 2017 to 2 May 2018. "We are hugely excited about the daily schedule and excited to start operating," says Kirby Gordon, Head of Sales and Distribution at FlySafair.
Here are the full schedules:
Durban - East London
From 27 November 2017 to 2 May 2018, flights between Durban and East London will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing at 9:50 am from Durban, and arriving in East London at 11:05 am. Additionally, flights depart East London at 11:30 am and arrive in Durban at 12:45 pm.
From 2 December 2017 until 28 April 2018, flights will operate on Saturdays, departing from Durban at 11:20 am and arriving in East London at 12:35 pm. A flight departing from East London will do so at 13:00 pm and arrive in Durban at 14:25 pm.
Durban - Port Elizabeth
From 27 November 2017 to 2 May 2018, flights will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing from Durban at 13:25 pm and will arrive in Port Elizabeth at 14:45 pm. Additionally, flights will depart from PE at 15:10 pm and arrive in Durban at 16:30 pm.
Flights will operate on Saturdays, from 2 December 2017 until 28 April 2018, departing from Durban at 14:55 pm and arriving in PE at 16:15 pm. A flight departing from PE at 16:40 pm will arrive in Durban at 18:00 pm.
New east coast flights
FlySafair conducted a survey to determine which additional routes the public wants. “Public appetite for a new route is naturally a massive consideration factor,” says Gordon.
While the winning route on the survey, with an overwhelming majority of 54% of the votes, was Cape Town to Nelspruit, the airline chose to launch the east coast routes connecting KZN to the Eastern Cape, that came in second and third place.
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According to Gordon, the reason for this choice was because airlines look at three key factors when choosing to launch a new route: "demand to capacity fit" which looks at getting enough passengers on seats, "efficiency" to maximize the available flying hours of both the aircraft and the crew, and "take-off and landing slots".
“Looking at all these factors, the Durban to East London and Port Elizabeth links are the ones that made the most business sense,” says Gordon.