Lockdown travel update: Gautrain airport service opens, FlySafair starts new Lanseria route
- FlySafair and Mango resumed domestic flights on Monday, while the Gautrain's airport service has also restarted again.
- FlySafair also became the first airline to fly from Lanseria during lockdown.
- It has introduced a new route between Lanseria and Durban.
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On Monday, FlySafair and Mango become the latest airlines to take to the skies on domestic routes, while the Gautrain finally also resumed its airport service.
The airport route was closed during lockdown, while other Gautrain services have been re-opened for some time. For a limited period, all rail users may park for free for the first 24 hours (thereafter standard parking fares will apply).
Smaller airlines Airlink and CemAir started flying last week.
Air travel for business purposes is now permitted under Alert Level 3, after being banned in previous stages of the lockdown.
Inter-provincial traffic is also allowed for learners or students who have to travel to schools or universities, as well as for those attending funerals and seeking medical treatments.
On Monday, FlySafair became the first airline to fly from Lanseria airport in the north of Johannesburg during lockdown, and it also introduced a brand new route to Durban.
The new flight from Lanseria to Durban costs R419, the same price as the route between OR Tambo to Durban. FlySafair has also resumed flights between Lanseria and Cape Town. Only flights between Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town are allowed currently.
Tickets for flights between OR Tambo and Cape Town start at R819 for Tuesday, while on Mango the same route costs around R859.
New travel measures in the age of Covid-19 include that you have to bring your own food for the flights, and a ban on in-flight magazines.
While you can “block” the seat next to you for R750 on FlySafair, Mango says it will "strategically” seat passengers on its planes - apart from families, who will sit together.
FlySafair is issuing boarding passes via WhatsApp, which can be scanned at the airport barcode readers just before the security check.
Patients need to print out and complete a health declaration form for the purposes of tracking and tracing and to declare that they believe themselves to be in good health. (For a return flight, you have to print out two.)
For work travel, a business travel permit is needed, while other types of travel permits may have to be signed in a magistrate's court, FlySafair says.
There is some uncertainty about whether SAA can also take to the skies this month.
Comair, which operates kulula and British Airways in SA and entered business rescue (a version of bankruptcy protection) last month, will only start flying again in October or November.
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