Domestic Flights within South Africa

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Domestic Flights in South Africa

Find South Africa domestic flights at Alternative Airlines. Read our page to find out all you need to know about flying domestically within South Africa and then use our search form at the top of the page to find flights!

About Domestic Flights in South Africa

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A domestic flight in South Africa is any flight that departs and lands within the South African border. Domestic flights within South Africa are usually operated by South African carriers, however, some other international airlines fly between South African cities. For example, despite originating from the UK, British Airways offer regular flights between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

There are over 20 different commercial airports within South Africa, which makes it a great country to fly domestically within.

Airlines that fly domestically within South Africa

Airlink

Airlink is a South African airline that flies regionally in southern Africa and offers many domestic flights within the country.

The airline is primarily based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, where it offers over 10 different South Africa domestic routes from. This includes flights to destinations such as Port Elizabeth, Sishen, Upington, Richards Bay, Polokwane and more.

Airlink has a secondary base at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, which is the main airports to fly into when visiting Kruger National Park. Airlink offers domestic flights to and from Kruger Mpumalanga from destinations such as Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Livingstone, Skukuza and Vilankulo.

Overall, Airlink offers over flights to and from over 15 different airports within South Africa, making it one of the most well-connected domestic airlines in the country.

 

Federal Air

Federal Air is a small regionally airline that offers both scheduled passenger and charter flights within South Africa and beyond.

The airline is based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, from where it operates the majority of its services from, both domestically and internationally.

The airline flies to many smaller airports and airstrips, some of which are only available through charter flights. For example, a Federal Air charter flight is the only option to reach the Madikwe Game Reserve by air.

 

Flysafair

FlySafair is a low-cost airline based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, with secondary hubs at Cape Town International and King Shaka International Airport. 

The airline operates only domestic flights and flies between seven airports in six different destinations within South Africa, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, East London, George and Port Elizabeth.

 

Kulula

Kulula is a domestic South African airline that is famous for its bright green 'Flying 101' airline livery

The airline is a great choice if you're looking to fly between major domestic airports within South Africa, with daily flights between its hub at OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. 

Kulula has both of its major bases in Johannesburg and flies to seven different airports within South Africa overall. 

 

Mango

Mango is a government-owned airline that operates low-cost services throughout South Africa, with additional connections to Zanzibar.

Mango's stripped-down service is a great choice if you're looking to fly between major airports within South Africa on a budget. 

The airline is based at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg but also flies many services from Cape Town international too. Overall, Mango flies domestically between eight different South African airports.

 

South African Airways

South African Airways is the flag carrier of South Africa and offers hundreds of daily flights, whether they be domestic, international or intercontinental.

The airline only flies to four airports in South Africa — OR Tambo International, Cape Town International, King Shaka International and East London Airport. However, it's a great airline to use if you're flying into South Africa from an international destination and want to get a connecting domestic flight to another major South African airport straight after.

 

South African Express

South African Express is a domestic and regional South African airline that operates to eight South African destinations, as well as a small number of international destinations.

Thanks to its strategic alliance with South African Airways, South African Express is a great alternative to the country's flag carrier. South African Express flies to many of the smaller South African airports that South African Airways doesn't. Plus, it offers many different options from the airports that both airlines do fly to. 

Why book domestic flights in
South Africa?

With it taking around 16 hours to drive from Cape Town on the west coast to Durban on the east coast, taking a domestic flight within South Africa can save you tons of time and hassle. 

South Africa is a beautiful and diverse country, with so much to see and do. You can visit the stunning wine regions in surrounding areas of Cape Town or go in search of the Big Five in an incredible safari in Kruger National Park.

However you decide to spend your time in South Africa, each moment is precious. That's why choosing air transport as your method of travel is such a great choice. Instead of taking long bus journies that eat up your day to get across the country, you can take a short flight and use the time you save to make memories that will last with you for a lifetime. 

Or, if you're travelling for business, the many daily flights that operate across the country might be your only option to get to important working meetings and events. 

Internal South Africa Flights Check-In Times

Airlink

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Online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure time.

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Airlink ask that you check-in at least 1.5 hours before flight departure time on South African domestic flights.

 

Flysafair

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Online check-in is open between 24–4 hours before scheduled flight departure time.

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Airport check-in closes 40 minutes before the flight is scheduled to leave.

 

Kulula

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Online check-in opens 24 hours before flight departure time and closes just one hour before.

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Airport check-in opens 90 minutes before flight departure time and closes 45 minutes before on all domestic flights.

 

Mango

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Online check-in is available from 24–2 hours before the flight is scheduled to depart.

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Airport check-in closes 40 minutes before flight departure time.

 

South African Airways

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Passengers can check-in for domestic flights up until 90 minutes before their flight is scheduled to leave.

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Airport check-in closes 30 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.

 

South African Express

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Online check-in is open up until 90 minutes before flight departure time on domestic flights.

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Airport check-in closes 30 minutes before flight departure time for domestic flights.

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