Comair Limited was founded in 1946 and is managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE. Comair has since inception revolutionised air travel in South Africa by making flying easier and more affordable to customers.
They have been operating successfully within southern Africa for more than six decades with an internaComair tionally recognized safety record. Since 1996, they have been operating on the local market, and regional services within southern African under the British Airways livery as part of their licence agreement with British Airways Plc and launched South Africa’s first low-fare airline, kulula.com in 2011.
British Airways and Comair
In 1996, Comair joined British Airways as a franchise partner and became known as British Airways Comair, taking on the colours and livery of British Airways International. The British Airways brand brought with it a rich heritage of stylish travel, reputation for service excellence and a wide range of products such as the prestigious Executive Club frequent flyer programme.
As franchise partner of British Airways and a member of the oneworld® alliance, Comair offers seamless connections to the international route network and continues to serve local premium customers with the same standards in mind.
Kulula and Comair
In 2001, South Africa’s first ‘no-frills’ carrier, kulula.com was launched. The name kulula is derived from the Zulu language meaning ‘easily’.
As Comair continues to position kulula.com as more than just an airline but rather an entire travel experience, the brand aims to provide customers with the easiest way to book, the easiest way to pay and above all, the easiest to afford. These cheap domestic flights are certainly welcomed by the consumer as more competition ultimately means better prices and better service.
Comair Limited was founded in 1946 and is one of the country’s oldest running airlines, managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE. 2016 marked the 70th anniversary of British Airways, operated by Comair and kulula.com’s holding company, Comair Limited. It was also the 20th anniversary of the franchise agreement between Comair and British Airways.
British Airways Comair routes domestic flights, both local and regional within southern Africa and launched Kulula.com as South Africa’s first low-cost airline in 2001. Comair is recognised by international standards for its safety, and among frequent flyers for its affordability and reliability.
This partnership franchise agreement which offers the Executive Club Frequent Flyer Programme for business travellers, has built a strong business foundation for Comair.
Passengers who fly Comair recognise the need for a cost-effective, yet reliable airline. Apart from its competitive pricing, Comair Limited has continued to grow and secured its financial stability even through tough economic times due to their customer focused approach and operating efficiencies. To ensure that you always have the most affordable flight options and cheapest Comair flights at your fingertips, we continuously monitor thousands of flights all day, every day. You will find examples of some of the cheapest flights we have found this year, in the tables below.
British Airways Comair Domestic Flight Specials
|Route||Departure Date||Airline Logo||Airline||Price|
|British Airways Flights From Port Elizabeth To Lanseria (JNB)||31 May||British Airways||R1 909|
|British Airways Flights From Lanseria (JNB) To Port Elizabeth||31 May||British Airways||R1 909|
|British Airways Flights From Durban To Skukuza||24 Jun||British Airways||R2 919|
|British Airways Flights From Skukuza To Durban||24 Jun||British Airways||R2 919|
|British Airways Flights From Port Elizabeth To Skukuza||19 May||British Airways||R2 939|
Kulula Comair Domestic Flight Specials
|Route||Departure Date||Airline Logo||Airline||Price|
|Kulula Flights From Durban To George||17 May||Kulula||R1 139|
|Kulula Flights From George To Durban||17 May||Kulula||R1 139|
|Kulula Flights From George To Durban||22 Jun||Kulula||R1 204|
|Kulula Flights From Durban To George||22 Jun||Kulula||R1 204|
|Kulula Flights From East London To George||8 Apr||Kulula||R1 259|
Comair Flights Available routes
Whether you are planning a holiday or are a frequent business flyer, Comair will comfortably and reliably get you where you need to be.
British Airways Comair is one of the more established airlines, continually exceeding passenger expectations by offering economical flights on popular routes to Cape Town and Durban from Johannesburg. The Comair route network for both kulula.com and British Airways, travel extensively across South Africa.
The route also includes other local destinations such as Port Elizabeth and George, but also spreads it wings internationally to Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek, Maputo, Harare, Mauritius and Gaborone, covering the needs of both holiday makers and business travellers.
Comair Baggage Allowance
Every Comair Airline’s passenger has a free baggage allowance of 23 kilograms for people travelling on British Airways.
Comair flights passengers are entitled to a Free Checked Baggage Allowance. These are however, restricted by number of pieces and determined by Cabin and Traveller type.
The checked bag is restricted to dimensions of Bags-
- Bags must be no larger than 90cm (L) x 75cm (W) x 43cm (H) and 23kg in weight
- Bags that weigh more than 23kg but less than 32kg will be charged a Heavy Bag Charge
- Bags that weigh more than 32kg must be transported as cargo
- An extra bag fee will be charged for bags carried in addition to the free checked baggage allowance
Failure to adhere to the carry-on baggage restrictions is in violation of CAT-OPS-121 Civil Aviations. Lost or damaged baggage should be reported to an airport representative of Comair.
In order to ensure safety at all times onboard, Comair has strict carry-on baggage allowances.
Economy class travellers are allowed one single item weighing up to 7kg with dimensions of 36x23x56cm. A handbag or slim-line laptop bag is also permitted.
If your carry-on baggage exceeds these dimensions or weight allowances you need not worry, as these items can be added as checked in baggage.
Comair’s Fleet of Aircraft
Comair’s fleet currently consists of:
- 11 x B737-400s
- 9 x B737-800s
Comair are in the process of upgrading the entire fleet to Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 737 MAX 8 by 2019. The new aircraft offer a higher seating capacity, lower operating cost and extended potential daily utilisation.
Comair’s fleet is regulated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. 8 of their aircraft are leased from foreign owned leasing companies. As such they are regulated by the Federal Aviation Authority of the United States and the European Aviation Safety Authority.
Booking your Comair Flight
Passengers who wish to book on Comair flights can save time by booking online. All comair flights are comfortable and offer the opportunity to stay connected with onboard Wi-Fi purchasing options.
Booking a Comair flight online: 5-step guide
To make an online British Airways or Comair booking:
Step 1: Scroll up to Domestic Flights South Africa’s flight finder tool at the top of this window.
Step 2: Click in the ‘From field’ to start typing in your desired departure location and click on the correct auto complete suggestion that pops up. Do the same in the ‘to’ field.
Step 3: Click on the dates listed under ‘Depart date’ and ‘Return date’ to bring up a calendar and scroll to your desired month. Click to select your preferred date.
Step 4: Select from the drop-down lists beneath these fields the number of adults who will be flying and the number of teens (12 to 15 years), children (2 to 11 years) or infants (under 2 years) that will be accompanying you.
Step 5: Click ‘search’ to see available flights and choose the Comair linked flight days and times that suit you using the radio buttons next to the corresponding results. This will add each leg to your cart automatically. Then simply follow the prompts to complete your Comair booking.
Comair Airlines Check-In
Passengers with Comair bookings are encouraged to check-in online. This saves queueing time and offers a stress-free trip through the airport and on to your flight.
Please note the following for all kulula.com and British Airways Comair flights:
- Online check-in opens 24 hours before departure and closes two hours before scheduled departure
- You will need to print out your boarding pass or save the boarding pass to your phone
- You will need valid identification to board your flight
- You must report to the drop off desk one hour before departure if you have check-in luggage
Both British Airways Comair and Kulula have check-in counters for your flights located in the domestic terminal, if you would prefer to check-in on your arrival at the airport. Passengers need to arrive at the airport at least an hour and a half before boarding, in order to account for delays due to any unforeseen circumstances.
Passengers that purchased their ticket with their credit card should have that specific credit card with them when checking-in. Passengers requiring assistance or those with children under the age of 16 years may choose any seat except those in the emergency exit row.
Pet Passengers on Comair
Allowance is made for service or guide dogs that are secured with suitable safety harnesses to travel with their owners in the cabin and free of charge. The owner should have proof that they are dependent upon their animal. Nothing could be easier for passengers not wanting to leave their pets behind! They must pre-book by contacting the call centre on 086 100 1234, securing the booking for their pet as the cargo hold space is limited to two containers per flight. Payment for your pet must be made at the airport with the only documents required being valid vaccination and health certificates. Your container must be leak-proof and made with fibreglass, polyethylene or metal. The container with your pet may weigh up to 32kgs and should meet all obligatory government requirements for humane and safe transportation.
Booking your Pets on Comair Flights
Bookings can be made for cats and dogs to be transported on board passenger flights. All other animals such as snakes, birds, rodents, etc. will need to be booked as cargo. Please call the cargo agent Express Air Services 011 230 4600.
Transportation of pets is not included in the free checked baggage allowance of 23kg and a handling fee is charged for each pet container:
- R350 for a total weight of 23kg and less
- A “heavy bag” levy of R250 is charged for containers over 23kg but less than 32kg
- Pet containers over the maximum 32kg must be carried as cargo through our cargo agent. Call Express Air Services for a quote 011 390 2841
- Guide dogs travelling with people with disabilities are carried free of charge. If the flight is fully booked, there may be an additional charge if an otherwise paid seat needs to be taken up by a guide-dog.
To make a reservation for pet transport call the British Airways Comair Contact Centre at least 72 hours prior to departure on 0860 I FLY BA (0860 4 359 22).
Food and drinks onboard Comair Airlines
British Airways Comair offers complimentary meals and refreshments on board all their flights. The airline is serviced by in-house caterers, Food Directions, Comair Limited’s very own catering operation. This gives the airline’s head chef the opportunity to be personally responsible for customer satisfaction and ensure top quality refreshments. Menu’s that cater for special dietary requirements can be ordered when booking a British Airways Comair flight.
Passengers who wish to bring their own food and beverages on board the Comair flights are welcome to do so.
Executive Club Frequent Flyer Programme
British Airways, operated by Comair offers frequent flyers the option to join their Executive Club Frequent Flyer Programme.
The Programme offers three tiers, Blue, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Members collect Avios, which is the Club currency, to spend on flights or cabin upgrades. Members also enjoy exclusive news and member only offers. Passengers can also easily book flights and meal preferences with pre-saved details. As members collect currency they move up tiers and enjoy further benefits, exclusive to that tier.
In 2016 Comair’s and hospitality brands won Best African Low-Cost Airline for kulula.com and the SLOW International Lounge at OR Tambo International Airport was awarded the Best Business Airport Lounge for 2016 at the Business Traveller Africa Awards.
British Airways and kulula.com were placed second and fourth respectively in the Top Domestic Airline: Consumer category at The Sunday Times Top Brands Awards in 2016.