FlySafair operates as a “no-frills” or low-cost airline which is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. The airline is a subsidiary of, and wholly owned by Safair, the aviation company that is based at OR Tambo International Airport, just outside Johannesburg. FlySafair operate from OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
FlySafair was first established in mid-2013, after which, it was approved by the South African Air Service Licensing Council to provide operations which included ten services daily to run between OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.
Though the airline’s original plans were to start operations in the earlier part of October 2013, South Africa’s High Court issued a court order which prevented airline from operating on account of rival carrier objections that the airline had not met with legal requirements that it was at least 75 percent owned locally.
Ownership restructuring was rapidly undertaken and the inaugural flight occurred on 16 October, 2014.
The airline, in December 2015, won the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) “Best Airline Domestic Services” Feather Award for its service out of OR Tambo International Airport.
FlySafair focuses its services on and flies to and from the following South African airports:
- Johannesburg: OR Tambo International Airport
- Cape Town: Cape Town International Airport
- East London: East London Airport
- Durban: King Shaka International Airport
- Port Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth Airport
- George: George Airport
As of January 2016 FlySafair’s fleet consisted of:
Aircraft In Service Passenger Capacity
Boeing 737–400 5 165
Boeing 737–800 3 189
Given that FlySafair operate as a budget airline, they provide food and drinks solely as part of a buy-on-board programme. The company cater a monthly on-board magazine which is called “In Flight”.