SAX did release a press release to that effect: http://www.flysax.com/south-african-express-to-begin-operating-between-johannesburg-and-port-eliz.htmlIt seems that SA Express has started with 2 daily flights on the JNB-PLZ route as of today, with 50-seater CRJ. There was no announcement about this before. This is ofcourse together with SAA on the route still, one question though, it seems SAA now have 5 dailies on the route, has it always been 5, or did they drop 1 which SAX jumped in for.
Maybe they're planning between the two of them to hand this route over to SAX as well in the long run? JNB-ELS is slowly going that way, with most of SAA flights now with smaller A319 than 737-800, while the SAX flights is increasing from the smaller CRJ to the DH4 and CR7s.
ive also checked and cant see any flights loaded. the only long haul aircraft that kingfisher operate is the A330-200.Have anyone got any info yet about flights for the IPL?
Kingfisher has announced they're working on packages and that teams and fans will be able to enjoy the service of Kingfisher to SA, but not really saying that they are actually flying and nowhere can I see special flights loaded.
SAA's flights also still all look the same, 4 weekly, mostly A340-200, found 2 flights in May with A340-300...most business class seats seem to be filled.
What about the teams moving around in SA, will they be using local carriers, or is Kingfisher bringing over an aircraft for that as well (A320, although capacity wise their ATR 72 should do...)?
I had a look on kulula's website last night, DUR gets 4x daily (except Sat) and CPT 6x daily flights from HLA. HLA is turning out to be a goldmine for kulula.LANSERIA International, SA's largest privately owned airport, is believed to be up for sale, possibly to a foreign group of investors.
While rumours of its imminent sale have circulated for years, speculation reached fever pitch this year with businesses operating from the airport being approached by potential buyers in the past few weeks to sound out their plans at the airport.
A spokesman for the airport, who did not want to be named, said this week that the airport had not been sold, but did not rule out a sale in future.
"I can categorically state that the airport has not been sold. We have had discussions in the past with various groups and are currently in talks with various other parties."
Stephen Carlin, a Lanseria director, also denied that it had been sold. "We are always being approached by potential investors wanting to buy the airport," said Carlin, without revealing whether talks had become more serious this year.
The airport grew substantially in the past few years with a surge in traffic. kulula.com's scheduled service put the airport on the map, and the low-cost airline has continued to grow its capacity out of Lanseria.
Gidon Novick, joint CEO of Comair, which operates kulula.com, said yesterday the airline would soon add extra flights to Cape Town and Durban despite a slump in domestic travel.
"Lanseria continues to work well for us," he said. Novick said that the extra flights would begin to test Lanseria's ability to cope with many passengers.
"We are starting to see constraints on Lanseria's capacity in various part of our operations, and there is no doubt that the airport facilities will need to be expanded if we expand our flight even further."
Airport manager Gavin Sayce recently confirmed that the airport was looking at expanding, but said no plans had been finalised.
great news regarding AF, really didnt expect it though... I know though from a reliable source at emirates in dubai... that we probably looking at the A380 in JNB in november/december... this is due to the fact that emirates have stopped using the A380 on the new york route thus freeing up 2 A380 aircraft, 1 will be going to toronto, and the other is going to be used for bangkok and JNB.from airliners.net I read that Air France has confirmed that JNB will be one of the first or the first route to be served by A380 from end of this year/early 2010.
They will change the one daily 77W to the A380 flight, while the other flight which is currently also operating daily with 77W will be reduced to 3 weekly, still with 77W...still I believe it is an increase in capacity, maybe depending about France's chances for the world cup they might reconsider to keep the other flight daily as well.
So, AF first with A380 into South Africa, what else do you guys think before World Cup next year, surely Emirates, probably Qantas. Both BA and Virgin would have like to, but they won't have the aircraft yet, but when they do they'll surely use them here. Lufthansa, depending on how soon they get their first ones. I don't think we'll see Singapore with them here soon.