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FlySafair has discounted its flights by 30% – but you’ll have to wait in line for a ticket

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  • FlySafair is offering 30% off flights to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town, George, Gqeberha, East London, Durban, and Bloemfontein.
  • The one-day-only discount deal ends at midnight on Tuesday and the airline's online booking system is queuing customers amid a surge in queries.
  • This special applies to flights between 1 September 2021 and 27 March 2022.
  • And tickets for flights near long weekends and holidays are being scooped up quick.
  • For more stories go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

South Africa's low-cost airline, FlySafair, is discounting flights by 30%. But with the sale ending at midnight on Tuesday, there's an online queue waiting to get onto the booking platform with tickets selling fast.

FlySafair is running a spring promotion which discounts flights on its busiest domestic routes by 30%. The special offer was launched on Tuesday morning and ends at midnight, with FlySafair implementing an online queuing system to prevent its booking platform from being overwhelmed by the mad rush of travel-hungry bargain hunters.

The discounts apply to flights between 1 September 2021 and 27 March 2022. Flights near long weekends and holidays, like Heritage Day on 24 September and the December festive season, are being booked at a fast rate.

Flights to and from Johannesburg's OR Tambo and Lanseria, Cape Town, George, Gqeberha, East London, Durban, and Bloemfontein are part of the promotion.

The cheapest flights from Johannesburg's OR Tambo to Cape Town – Africa's busiest domestic route – during September, start at R612.20. Departing from Lanseria is even cheaper, at just R546.20.

Flights from OR Tambo to Durban's King Shaka International Airport start at just R476.20, although that flight departs on Wednesday. Prices for this route generally range from R546.20 to R894.80, the latter being on the day before Heritage Day.

For those looking to make it to Cape Town on Christmas day, flights from OR Tambo start at R616.20, although tickets either side of the festive weekend are considerably more expensive.

Travellers looking to fly from Cape Town to East London can snap up tickets for less than R700 and go further to Durban for just R756.20.

FlySafair's promotion comes just one day before Kulula's relaunch. The Comair-operated airline, which was grounded for almost three months due to lockdown-induced travel restrictions imposed on Gauteng, also offered 30% off all its domestic flights as part of the relaunch. The sale ended at midnight on Thursday, with flights restarting on 1 September.

These promotions also coincide with the long-awaited return of South African Airways (SAA) – scheduled for lift-off on 23 September – which is offering competitive fares. SAA flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town are the cheapest among all its competitors, excluding the recent discount deals offered by Kulula and FlySafair.

(Compiled by Luke Daniel)

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