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The cheapest airlines for travelling in South Africaby Guest Blogger

There are many things that affect the cost of airline tickets, from oil prices to the time you book your flight, as well as what section you choose to sit in. So while flying can be expensive, there are ways to cut costs. Of course, everyone wants a good deal; it leaves more money for making the most of your travels and often makes travelling more accessible too, so it makes sense to try and cut down on the logistical costs where possible. Luckily, whether you want to explore South Africa, or venture off to other countries; there are various airlines for you to choose between that will help you cut costs.

South African Airlines (SAA)

South African Airways airline logo


SAA is great for both domestic and international flights. It’s renowned for its first-rate Economy Class; every seat is fitted with Sony passport or Panasonic 3000 systems and offers you a vast selection of films and music programmes during the journey. Business Class comes equipped with seats that fall flat allowing you to get some proper rest on long journeys. Plus, like British Airways, it also allows each passenger up to 23 kg of baggage.

A full bar service is available, with cold drinks, as well as hot or cold meals. Furthermore, if you booked through Mango you’ll receive a meal voucher worth R50.

Mango Airlines

Mango airline's logo


For both locals and foreigners wishing to explore their South Africa on the cheap, Mango offers some phenomenal deals. Owned by South African Airways, it’s an excellent option for flying at affordable rates. Whilst it’s also a no-frills service, the simplicity doesn’t come at a great cost to convenience or comfort. You’re getting a ticket to where you want to go, and in doing so, you will never have to pay too much for a a flight from city to city.

With Mango you can take up to 20 kg of baggage on board with you. All in all, Mango offers a quick, convenient and affordable flight service at its best.


Kulula airline's logo


Owned by Comair and based in Johannesburg, Kulula is another worthy choice for those travelling within South Africa. Ranking in the top three budget airlines, they also offer a number of specials throughout the year to fantastic destinations like Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, flying from South Africa. Passengers are assured a safe, comfortable and secure flight with fun and professional staff on-board.

Airlines like these will often grant you deals in contrast to each other. This means that, for example, Mango will run a special for one month and Kulula will take up next month's budget spotlight, so it’s a good idea to compare current specials to find the best deals.

A great way of finding the cheapest ticket on the web for your flight is to use TravelStart. Their database is stocked with the latest dates, rates and availability, allowing you to view the cheapest rates on the web in no time at all.

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