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CemAir is a privately owned scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international aviation company that is based at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.


Destinations served domestically include Bloemfontein, Cape Towm, George, Margate, Plettenberg Bay and Sishen.


CemAir operates services to popular tourist destinations and important business towns and leases aircraft to other airlines across Africa and the Middle East.


Based in Johannesburg, CemAir was formed in 2005 with the purpose of operating turboprop commuter aircraft. The initial fleet consisted of 1 Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft and 3 Beechcraft 1900C aircraft.


CemAir has since evolved into a specialised aircraft leasing company offering turboprop and jet aircraft to a variety of operators throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean islands as well as a significant operator of scheduled regional services within South Africa.


CemAir has one primary hub in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, in addition they have 4 additional secondary hubs located in Gaborone, Juba, Lusaka and Bamako. The reason behind the secondary hubs is due to a large portion of the fleet being deployed outside of South Africa. The aircraft periodically rotate back to base for selected inspections.





4th December 2017

Bombardier cements Q400 deal with South Africa's Cem Air

South Africa's CemAir has ordered two new Bombardier Q400 turboprops and signed to lease a used Q400 ahead of the delivery of the new aircraft.
At an event in Johannesburg last night, Bombardier confirmed this orderfollowed a letter of intent signed at the Paris Airshow, earlier this year and is valued at $66million at list price.
"CemAir has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years and this has come from our focused approach on selecting the right aircraft for our operation", said Miles van der Molen, the airline’s CEO. "The Q400 is a fantastic performer especially in our environment of high altitudes and hot operating temperatures. It is really an unbeatable turboprop that brings so many jet-like features to ensure a competitive and operational advantage in our market. We see the Q400 as the ideal growth solution for our scheduled and charter operations as we continue to strengthen our relationship with Bombardier. We are working to expand our scheduled operations beyond South Africa and continuing to support new opportunities across the continent."

With these Q400 aircraft, CemAir sees an increase its current fleet of Bombardier aircraft to 17 - including five Q Series turboprops and 12 CRJ Series aircraft. CemAir recently added a used CRJ900 aircraft to its fleet, the first in South Africa.
The company has operating and leasing experience throughout Africa and the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Kenya, Mali, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Zambia, as well as South Africa.


6th August 2017

CemAir takes off to Hoedspruit

After 12 years of safe soaring through South African skies, CemAir has finally decided to bring their planes to our beloved town of Hoedspruit.

CemAir has never before landed at Hoedspruit, but on August 1 they undertook the decision to launch daily flights between Cape Town and Hoedspruit.

The flights differ in cost with prices dependant on departure point, date, and whether or not there are any specials available at the time.



April 2017

Commuter and regional carrier CemAir announced a new route connecting Margate Airport and Cape Town International Airport via Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. 


24th Febuary 2017
CemAir announce new routes from Margate to Cape Town and to Plettenberg Bay.
From 15th March 2017 the routes will take place.


August 2016CemAir announced it had added a maiden Dash 8-300 to its fleet in the form of ZS-DHA (msn 571). The twinprop's inaugural flight - Johannesburg O.R. - Tambo-Margate was held late last month.
Aside from being a passenger charter specialist, CemAir also offers scheduled flights connecting Johannesburg O.R. Tambo with Bloemfontein, Plettenberg Bay, Margate, Sishen, Cape Town, and George. Its fleet currently consists of fourteen CRJ-100s (one of which is leased to Air Botswana (BP, Gaborone), three CRJ-200s, one Dash 8-100 as well as Beech 1900Ds.


23 aircraft consisting of the following aircraft; Beechcraft 1900D, Bombardier CRJ100ER/ CRJ100LR/ CRJ200ER/ CRJ200LR and Bombardier Dash 8-100/ 8-Q300.



Route Map 






Popular Routes


Johannesburg    Kathu


Johannesburg    Bloemfontein


Johannesburg   Margate


Johannesburg    George


Johannesburg    Plettenberg Bay


George    Cape Town 


The Fleet


Bombardier CRJ-100





Bombardier Dash 8 






Beechcraft 1900D





O. R. Tambo International Airport

HUB Airport 

O. R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, South Africa near the city of Johannesburg.

It serves as the primary airport for domestic and international travel to/from South Africa and is Africa's busiest airport with a capacity to handle up to 28 million passengers annually with non-stop flights to all continents except Antarctica.Airlines that fly from and to Tambo International Airport include British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways.











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Taking off on Wednesday, 15 March, the airline will offer a weekly departure on a Thursday morning at 09:00 from Margate Airport which will connect through Plettenberg Bay and on to Cape Town. From Cape Town, again connecting through Plettenberg Bay the Flight will arrive in Margate on a Wednesday evening at 17:30.


The flight will initially be serviced in Cemir’s Beech 1900D aircraft with a single rotation per week with a view to growing capacity and flight frequency as popularity for the service grows.

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