FlySafair announces Durban – Johannesburg Lanseria from 1 June
FlySafair is to begin Durban – Johannesburg Lanseria from 1 June. The 320-mile sector – with a block time of one hour and ten minutes in both directions – will initially operate 14-weekly but increase to 28-weekly ten days later. Its entrance is the result of Mango – a lower-cost subsidiary from South African Airways – ceasing operations at Lanseria on 31 March after operating from there since 2011.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||Aircraft||Competition (WF*)|
|Durban – Johannesburg Lanseria||1 June 2020||28 (initially 14, but 28 from 11 June)||B737-400||Kulula (36)|
|* Based on the week commencing 11 June. Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.|
Development of Durban – Johannesburg Lanseria
This airport-pair is South Africa’s sixth-largest domestic market. It ended 2019 with 1.2 million seats, up 14% YOY entirely from Mango’s growth. Last year, Mango had 42% of the market, up from one-third the year before. Its exit cuts 503,000 annual seats and therefore provides an obvious opportunity for FlySafair.
Durban – Johannesburg Lanseria is South Africa’s sixth-largest market
Despite Durban – Johannesburg Lanseria being the nation’s sixth-largest domestic market, it is of course relatively small compared with Durban – Johannesburg OR Tambo, which is nearly four times larger. Despite the size difference, it’s noteworthy that seats on OR Tambo grew by a strong CAGR of 5.5% since 2015, very much as a result of FlySafair’s entrance and growth on it. Last year, FlySafair had 867,000 seats on Durban – OR Tambo, more than double YOY. It ended 2019 with a 20% share of that market.