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FlySafair logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedAugust 2013
Commenced operations16 October 2014[1]
Fleet size17
Company sloganFor The Love Of Flying
Parent companySafair
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Key peopleCEO: Elmar Conradie
Employees1000 (March 2019)[2]

FlySafair is a low-cost airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Safair.


The airline was established in August 2013 and was granted approval by the South African Air Service Licensing Council to launch operations with ten daily services between Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.[3] The airline had plans to begin operations in October 2013.[4] However, on 8 October 2013, the High Court of South Africa granted an interim court order preventing the airline from starting operations, following an application by rival carriers,[5] on the basis that it did not meet the legal requirement of 75% local ownership. Substantial restructuring of ownership took place and FlySafair's inaugural flight eventually took place on 16 October 2014.[6]

On 29 March 2017, the airline announced its new partnership with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) making it the official domestic carrier for the Springboks and SA Rugby.[citation needed]


FlySafair Boeing 737-400
FlySafair Boeing 737-800

FlySafair serves the following domestic destinations:[7]

Interline Agreement[edit]

FlySafair Interlines with the following airlines:


As of July 2019, the FlySafair fleet consists of the following all Boeing aircraft: [8]

FlySafair fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
Boeing 737–400 10 0 165
Boeing 737–800[9] 7 2 189
Total 15 2

In-flight services[edit]

FlySafair offers food and drinks as a buy-on-board programme. FlySafair also offers a monthly magazine on board named In Flight. The airline was also the first airline in South Africa to offer card payments aboard their flights.


In April 2017 FlySafair was awarded for being the number one most punctual airline globally, with a 96% on-time performance (OTP) by OAG, an air travel intelligence company. FlySafair qualified as they were able to provide flight status information for a minimum of 80%, which are calculated over a 12-month period and include airlines and airports with a minimum of 600 operations a month.[10] On 16 October 2017, it was announced that the airline had won the award for The World's Most On Time Airline by OAG for the second year.[11]

On 16 November 2018, The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) named FlySafair the Aircraft Operator of the Year in its South African Civil Aviation Excellence Awards. At the same ceremony, FlySafair also took second place in the Aviation Customer Services category, and was a finalist in the Aviation Safety category.[12]


  1. ^ Ensor, Linda (17 October 2014). "FlySafair will bring needed competition". Business Day. Johannesburg. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
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  3. ^ Moores, Victoria (16 April 2014). "South African startup FlySafair secures license". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014.
  4. ^ "FlySafair -". Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. ^ "FlySafair grounded before first flight". 8 October 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  6. ^ Ensor, Linda (17 October 2014). "FlySafair will bring needed competition". Business Day. Johannesburg. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "FlySafair - South Africa's True Low Cost Airline". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 32.
  9. ^ "FlySafair announces fleet upgrades and reaches passenger milestone". Radio 702. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  10. ^ "TimesLIVE". Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  11. ^ OAG. "On-Time Performance Star Ratings for October Revealed!". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  12. ^ "FlySafair takes top honours at the Civil Aviation Excellence Awards". FlySafair. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.


External links[edit]

Official website