Lanseria – here we come!
In: Places to go
Low-cost carrier FlySafair today announced that they will begin operating flights from northern Johannesburg’s Lanseria International Airport on 1 August 2016. The move comes in response to requests from customers who have been eager to see the low-cost carrier bring their great fares to Lanseria, which is often a more convenient option to those seeking access to northern Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Spreading Their Wings
FlySafair operated their first flight in October of 2014 and have quickly grown to become a significant player among domestic airlines in South Africa. With the inclusion of Lanseria, the airline now operates at seven local airports – more than any of the other low-cost carriers in the market. FlySafair estimates that their share of weekly seat capacity among local low-cost carriers now equates to about 28%.
FlySafair will offer flights from Lanseria International Airport to Cape Town and George. Cape Town flights will commence 1 August and depart and return twice daily and George flights will depart and return on Fridays and Sundays starting 5 August. From 30 October the Cape Town schedule will increase to 3 flights daily. “Business demand for Cape Town flights is obvious,” says Kirby Gordon, Vice President of Sales & Distribution at FlySafair, “and we’ll be the only carrier offering George flights from Lanseria, which will be very exciting.”
FlySafair’s new Lanseria flights will not come at the expense of any other flights on their schedule. The carrier confirmed that they are acquiring additional aircraft to cover this flying schedule bringing their fleet to a total of nine Boeing 737s.
Lanseria Fares Likely to Drop
To date Lanseria International Airport has been something of a safe haven for the industry where consumers have generally been charged a premium for the convenience of flying in and out of this airport. Gordon explains that there’s no significant cost difference between operating from Lanseria versus OR Tambo. “Higher fares from Lanseria are largely a product of supply and demand, so we’re likely to see a drop in fares due to the fact that we’ll be making more seats available on these routes.”
Rampa Rammopo, CEO of Lanseria Airport expressed excitement at the carrier’s decision to begin operations from Lanseria. “We’re very excited to welcome FlySafair to Lanseria.”
Lanseria International Airport is a privately owned international airport, and has established itself as a key player in the aviation sector. Airport facilities include an upgraded passenger terminal building, restaurants, duty free shopping, lounge facilities, parking and pick up and drop off area.
Changing Aviation in South Africa
FlySafair created waves when they brought their low fares to the market in late 2014 with reports indicating that airfares dropped by as much as 39% on some of the routes they began to operate. Of the 18 routes analysed in independent research by Travelstart, the top 10 that have shown significant reductions in price since 2014 are on routes operated by FlySafair. The carrier places a huge amount of focus on offering a punctual service and achieved a 98% on-time performance across the whole country in May as measured by ACSA.