FlySafair halts George-Cape Town route


Budget airliner FlySafair has announced the temporary suspension of its George-Cape Town route from August 23rd, due to flight schedule adjustments.

Garden Route media reports that service will only commence on December 10th as the carrier aims to juggle capacity and costs during high and low demand periods, in an attempt to keep its ticket prices at R499.

“The plan is to work against historic trends to adjust the route frequency. Obviously we aim to avoid cancelling scheduled flights at all costs, but regrettably, in implementing this approach, we will need to release some flights between George and Cape Town,” CEO Elmar Conradie was quoted as saying.

He added that the airline had seen an increase in demand over the summer months, but that the route was less popular during winter.

“It does not make business sense for us to continue operations during the winter months if we want to manage our costs and continue to provide our passengers with the lowest fares in the market.

“If our aircraft are only half full, we start to operate at a loss, which prevents us from maintaining our low fares that start at just R499,” Conradie said.


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