Lift price
  • New SA airline Lift is now selling tickets for flights from 10 December – with lots of seats available over the festive season.
  • Its three planes will fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town and George.
  • You'll pay an extra R250 for two bags, and R70 if you like to stretch.
  • Flights from Cape Town and George aren't too badly priced – but if you're flying from OR Tambo for the week between Christmas and New Year, prepare to pay well over R4,000 return.
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South Africa's new airline, Lift, is now selling tickets – and they aren't necessarily cheap, a price check by Business Insider South Africa found.

Lift is due to start flying its three Airbus A320 aircraft as of 10 December, from Johannesburg to Cape Town and George.

It has positioned itself as a premium value competitor, with the promise of "'proper coffee' from Vida e Caffè on morning flights" and "wine tasting featuring a selection of South Africa’s top wine estates" on afternoon flights.

It also promises "no problem" cancellations and changes to tickets.

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But it still sells no-frills tickets, and you'll pay for extras. On one flight we checked, a piece of checked baggage adds R100 extra to the cost, two checked bags will cost R250, and add a third to pay R450 more.

You'll also pay R70 extra to sit in an emergency row or one of the "stretch row" seats at the front of the plane, or R30 for a seat slightly further back. 

Here's what you'll pay to fly Lift

We checked Lift's prices based on flying out on the evening of Wednesday, 23 December, and returning on the afternoon of Sunday, 3 January, for the standard South African break over the Christmas period.

No flight is available between Johannesburg and George on the 23rd, so you'd have to fly on Christmas Eve, and likewise for the other direction, from George to Cape Town.

While flying out of Cape Town or George is fairly price competitive in that period, leaving from Johannesburg won't be cheap.

Here's what those return flights will cost you.

  • Johannesburg to Cape Town: R4,410
  • Johannesburg to George: R4,440
  • Cape Town to Johannesburg: R1,950
  • George to Johannesburg: R2,320

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