New low-cost airline from South Africa to Europe


A new low-cost airline will soon be whisking South Africans from Cape Town and Durban to London’s Stansted airport, with tickets set to start from just R1999 one-way, excluding taxes.

The airline, to be named Redair, is the brainchild of airline entrepreneur Andy Cluver, who runs local charter company Civair.

Redair has been granted air traffic rights to fly five weekly round-trip flights from Cape Town or Durban to London. There are also hopes that four slots currently not being used by South African Airways will be made available. London’s Telegraph newspaper also reports that the airline will offer services between Cape Town and Barcelona and Malaga.

According to the Cape Times, Cluver is now on the hunt for aircraft to operate the flights, and will be traveling to the United Kingdom next week to source a Boeing 767-300ER, 777-200ER or 747-400

According to Cluver, tickets will start from R1999 one-way, excluding tax, and passengers will be able to pay for optional extras such as in-flight entertainment, meals and access to a business-class lounge.

Cluver’s previous attempt to launch a low-cost airline between South Africa and Europe ended in disaster in 2004, when investors pulled out at the last minute stranding passengers in the peak of the holiday season. Although all travellers were eventually refunded, hundreds of holidaymakers had their Christmas vacation ruined by the airline’s failure to take off as scheduled.