The Cape Town – Johannesburg air route, one of the busiest in the world and the busiest in Africa, emerges out of 2020 with some new and exciting offerings.

Kulula Airlines, Mango Airlines, Airlink and FlySafair operate under all new restrictions and regulations for the safety and health of passengers.

They are joined by the new carrier, Lift, which launched in the beginning of December 2020 and by British Airways domestic branch.

This abundance of choice gives travellers flexibility when using our international airports has transit to different destinations in South and Southern Africa.

Both Kulula and British Airways are operated by Comair. Comair will be providing a choice of more flights, more routes, a full-service and SLOW lounge offering, business class and frequent flyer benefits to the South African domestic airline market.

FlySafair was repeatedly chose for the best local airline for the last few years. They fly to all major South African airports and recently partnered with Emirates to offer a single ticket to all the country’s destinations.

The new kid on the block, Lift, currently fly exclusively between Cape Town and Johannesburg and they have introduced flexible air travel.

Flights can be changed multiple times or cancelled to a credit into your LIFT wallet. Changes made 24 hours or more in advance‚ come at no additional fees or penalties. If the fare for your newly selected flight is higher‚ you’ll just need to pay the difference. If it’s lower, they will credit you. Need to change traveller name details? No problem. No charge.

If you arrive early for your flight‚ don’t hang around the airport for endless hours. Check in to see if they have any earlier flights with availability. If they do‚ they will take you on board early at no added cost.

Current regulations for air travel:

Travelling to and from the Republic is allowed, subject to sub-regulation.

All international travel is permitted subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel;

(b) in the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own costs; and

(c) in the event of a traveller testing positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own cost.

International air travel is restricted to the following airports –

(a) OR Tambo International Airport;

(b) King Shaka International Airport; and

(c) Cape Town International Airport.


Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend or teach at a school in the Republic, and who are allowed entry into and exit from the Republic, subject to compliance with protocols relating to-

(a) screening for COVID -19 and quarantine or isolation, where necessary:

(b) the wearing of a face mask;

(c) transportation; and

(d) sanitisation and social distancing measures as per the relevant health protocols on safety and prevention of the spread of COVID-19.