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There are many airlines that offer local flights in South Africa. Here are some of the key airlines, with information on which destinations that fly between.
Airlink is a South African airline that flies regionally in southern Africa and offers many flights within the country.
The airline is primarily based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. This includes flights to destinations such as Port Elizabeth, Sishen, Upington, Richards Bay, Polokwane and more. The airline serves more than 30 destinations. It also has codeshare agreements with South African Airways and South African Express, making it one of the most well-connected airlines in the country.
Airlink has a secondary base at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, which is the main airports to fly into when visiting Kruger National Park. Airlink offers flights to and from Kruger Mpumalanga from destinations such as Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Livingstone, Skukuza and Vilankulo.
Federal Air is a small regionally airline that offers both scheduled passenger and charter flights within South Africa and beyond.
The airline is based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, from where it operates the majority of its services from, both internally and internationally.
The airline flies to many smaller airports and airstrips, some of which are only available through charter flights. For example, a Federal Air charter flight is the only option to reach the Madikwe Game Reserve by air.
FlySafair is a low-cost airline based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, with secondary hubs at Cape Town International and King Shaka International Airport.
The airline only operates internal flights and flies between seven airports in six different destinations within South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George and Port Elizabeth.
Kulula is a South African airline that is famous for its bright green 'Flying 101' airline livery.
The airline is a great choice if you're looking to fly between major airports within South Africa, with daily flights between its hub at OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
Kulula has both of its major bases in Johannesburg and flies to seven different airports within South Africa overall.
Mango is a government-owned airline that operates low-cost flights in South Africa, with additional connections to Zanzibar.
Mango's stripped-down service is a great choice if you're looking to fly between major airports within South Africa on a budget.
The airline is based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg but also flies many services from Cape Town international too. Overall, Mango flies between eight different South African airports.
SAA is the flag carrier of South Africa and offers hundreds of daily flights, whether they be domestic, international or intercontinental.
The airline only flies to four airports in South Africa — OR Tambo International, Cape Town International, King Shaka International and East London Airport. However, it's a great airline to use if you're flying into South Africa from an international destination and want to get a connecting flight to another major South African airport straight after.
SAE is a South African airline that operates to eight South African destinations, as well as a small number of international destinations.
Thanks to its strategic alliance with South African Airways, South African Express is a great alternative to the country's flag carrier. South African Express flies to many of the smaller South African airports that South African Airways doesn't. Plus, it offers many different options from the airports that both airlines do fly to.
Domestic flights in South Africa are any flights that depart and land within the South African border. Flights within South Africa are usually operated by South African carriers, however, some other international airlines fly between South African cities. For example, despite originating from the UK, British Airways offer regular flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
There are over 20 different commercial airports within the country, which makes it a great country to fly internally within.
With it taking around 16 hours to drive from Cape Town on the west coast to Durban on the east coast, taking an internal flight within South Africa can save you tons of time and hassle.
South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country, with so much to see and do. You can visit the stunning wine regions in the surrounding areas of Cape Town, experience some of South Africa's best beers and breweries, or go in search of the Big Five in an incredible safari in Kruger National Park.
However you decide to spend your time in South Africa, each moment is precious. That's why choosing air transport as your method of travel is such a great choice. Instead of taking long bus journies that eat up your day to get across the country, you can take a short flight and use the time you save to make memories that will last with you for a lifetime.
Or, if you're travelling for business, the many daily flights that operate across the country might be your only option to get to important working meetings and events.
- Online: Online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure time.
- Airport: Airlink asks that you check-in at least 1.5 hours before flight departure time on South African flights.
- Online: Online check-in is open between 24–4 hours before scheduled flight departure time.
- Airport: Airport check-in closes 40 minutes before the flight is scheduled to leave.
- Online: Online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure time and closes just one hour before.
- Airport: Airport check-in opens 90 minutes before flight departure time and closes 45 minutes before on all flights within the country.
- Online: Online check-in is available from 24–2 hours before the flight is scheduled to depart.
- Online: Passengers can check-in for flights up until 90 minutes before their flight is scheduled to leave.
- Airport: Airport check-in closes 30 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.
- Online: Online check-in is open up until 90 minutes before flight departure.
- Airport: Airport check-in closes 30 minutes before flight departure time.
There is only one airport in Cape Town — Cape Town International Airport. This airport serves both domestic and international flights and is one of the main gateways into the country. This makes it a great stopover point for travelling to other parts of South Africa
Airlink flies to Cape Town from George, Kimberley, Nelspruit and Skukuza
As well as offering international flights from London Heathrow to Cape Town, British Airways also flies to Cape Town from Durba, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
CemAir flies a single service to Cape Town from Plettenberg Bay
FlySafair operates regularly scheduled flights to Cape Town to/from Durban, East London, both airports in Johannesburg, Tambo and Port Elizabeth. The airline also flies a seasonal service between Cape Town and George.
Kulula flies operates services to Cape Town from Durban and both airports in Johannesburg.
Mango operates to Cape Town with flights from Bloemfontein, Durban both airports in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.
SAA flies a single service to Cape Town from Johannesburg.
With its parent airline, SAA, operating the main major routes, South African Express flies to Cape Town from more niche routes within South African, including Bloemfontein, Durban, East London and Hoedspruit.
There are two airports in Johannesburg. Johannesburg O.R Tambo International Airport is one of the main airports in the country, with domestic and international flights to/from the airport. Johannesburg Lanseria International Airport is a smaller airport, which only has a few services from a small number of airlines.
Airlink flies to Johannesburg O.R Tambo from Hoedspruit, Kimberley, Mthatha, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Sishen, Shukuza, Umata and Upington.
British Airways flies to Johannesburg O.R Tambo from Durban, Harare and Port Elizabeth.
CemAir flies to Johannesburg O.R Tambo from Bloemfontein, Hoedspruit, Kimberley, Margate, Plottenburg and Richards Bay.
FlySafair flies to both airports in Johannesburg from Cape Town and George.
FlySafair also flies to Johanessburg O.R Tambo from Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.
Kulula offers flights to both airports in Johannesburg from Cape Town and George.
Kulula also flies to Johanessburg O.R Tambo from Durban and East London.
Mango flies services to both airports in Johannesburg from Cape Town and George.
Mango also flies to Johanessburg O.R Tambo from Durban and Port Elizabeth.
SAA flies to both airports Johannesburg from Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.
SAE operates flights to both airports in Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, East London, George, Hoedspruit, Kimberley, Mahikeng, Richards Bay and Sun City.
The best and only airport in George is George Airport. The airport is a small airport with only a small number of South African airlines flying domestically to it.
Airlink flies to George from Cape Town and Durban and is currently the only airline offering flights between these destinations on a regular basis.
CemAir flies a single service between George and Bloemfontein and is the only airline that offers this service.
FlySafair flies to George from both airports in Johannesburg and is currently the only airline to George from Johannesburg-Lanseria.
Kulula flies to George from Johannesburg O.R Tambo. This is the only flight that it offers to George.
Mango flies one service to George from Johannesburg O.R Tambo.
The best airport to fly into if flying to Durban is King Shaka International Airport. King Shaka International is the only airport in Durban. As well as servicing a number of flights, it also has airlines offering international connections with services to Europe, Asia and other parts of Africa.
Airlink flies to Durban from Bloemfontein, East London, George and Nelspruit.
British Airways offers flights to Durban from Cape Town, Johannesburg O.R Tambo and Port Elizabeth.
FlySafair operates routes to Durban from Cape Town, East London, Johannesburg O.R Tambo and Port Elizabeth.
Kulula flies three routes to Durban from Cape Town and both airports in Johannesburg.
Mango flies to Durban from Cape Town and both airports in Johannesburg.
SAA operates a single service to Durban from Johannesburg O.R Tambo.
SAE also flies to Durban from Johannesburg O.R Tambo and also flies from Port Elizabeth too.
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You won't need a passport for a domestic flight within South Africa. However, you'll need some form of government-issued photo identification that the airline will check at the airport.
It's important to check with each individual airline on the type of identification that they accept, as it might differ from airline to airline.
For local flights, airport check-in closing times can vary from anything between 45–30 minutes before flight departure time, so it's recommended to arrive 90 minutes before flight departure time to give yourself plenty of time before your flight.
The only exception to this is with Airlink. This airline closes its check-in counters 90 minutes before the flight departure time. So it's recommended you arrive at the airport 30–45 minutes before this.
If you've checked-in online and have no checked bags to drop, you can go straight to security and can afford to arrive at the airport a little later.
Over the years there have been a number of airlines which have unfortunately ceased operations. This includes Nationwide Aviation, which operated international flights to other destinations in Africa, as well as to Europe, before ceasing operations in 2008. 1Time Airline was also a low-cost airline that operated in South Africa, but ceased operations in 2021.
Yes you can, there are a number of airlines operating in South Africa which provide private charter, taxi, and even sightseeing tours. An example is Angel Gabriel Aeronautics.
Yes, you can book domestic flights within South Africa online on the Alternative Airlines website. Use our search form and enter the dates and destinations that you want to fly between to see all options from all airlines.
Yes, depending on where you're flying from. If you're flying to South Africa from the US, you'll need to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. If you're flying on a domestic flight within South Africa, you may be required to carry out a PCR test depending on the airline you fly with and the airport you arrive in.