WATCH: SA enjoying the best deals in air travel right now - Cheapflights

2016-11-28 12:33 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - SA is seeing a 10 to 15 percent reduction across domestic and international flight pricing, this is according to online global flight and travel search platform, Cheapflights.

Managing Director of Cheapflights Andrew Shelton chatted to Traveller24 following the platform's first South Africa Cheapflights Travel Awards, "celebrating the diversity in South African tourism".

Shelton says according to data from the Cheapflights platform which sees "a million travel visitors per month to its South African site" the outlook is very good for both domestic and international travel.

He says there couldn't be a better time for South Africans to be making the most of air travel as it is getting cheaper across the board, as a key trend highlighted by Cheapflights shows "airfares are come down".

South Africans are getting a better deal for air travel right now, when comparing the same flight routes to last year's booking activity, says Shelton.  Favourite destinations being booked include London, New York and Phuket, but the online travel platform shows that "domestically flight pricing is cheaper too".

Shelton says this speaks to travellers having more choice when it comes to airlines, including better reach - all buoyed by the price of oil also coming down.

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South Africa's major airports have all seen marked route activity enhancements in 2016, with Singapore Airlines recently launching a new Cape Town direct flight to Asia, BA has added a direct route to Gatwick from Cape Town and Turkish Airlines has added a seasonal flight to Durban.

Emirates has increased its flight schedule to Cape Town and will also increase capacity from Joburg when it adds an Airbus A380-800 to one of its four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg from February 2017.

When it comes to South Africa's inbound markets, Shelton confirms the rand exchange rate is favourable for both European and British travellers coming to South Africa, with the diversity of SA's tourism offering including adventure, beach and beach all adding hugely to its destination appeal.  

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The winners of the 2016 CheapFlights Inaugural Travel Awards were as follows:

The awards recognised the best South African travel and tourism business and brands in a range of categories from the best local airports and airlines, to the best safari and wine offerings, receiving over 50 000 votes.

"South Africa is a premiere destination, with world class offerings, and it shows in the numbers with international visitors to South Africa is growing by 30% year on year”.

Best Airport: OR Tambo International Airport

Best Airline Lounge: Emirates at Cape Town International

Best Local Airline: South African Airways

Best Airline in Africa: Air Namibia

Best International Airline: Emirates

Best Car Hire: Avis

Best Hotel Chain: Tsogo Sun

Best Independent/City Boutique Hotel: One & Only Cape Town

Best Attraction/Experience: Table Mountain

Best Safari/Lodge Experience:  Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Best Wine Farm Experience: Spier in Stellenbosch

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