Local airline FlySafair has been named the continent’s top budget carrier.
Nominated by airline customers, South Africa’s FlySafair has been voted best low-cost airline in Africa for 2021 by SKYTRAX.
According to the SKYTRAX Airline Awards, the top budget carriers on the African continent in order are as follows :
2nd place FASTJET
3rd place KULULA
4th place MANGO
5th place JAMBOJET
It is interesting that three South African carriers are in the top four places. What is tragic is that because of the pandemic and other factors, some of these carriers are presently under business rescue.
FlySafair, the privately-owned local airline took first place, ahead of two other South African low-cost airlines as well as no-frills carrier Fastjet – which operates flights in Zimbabwe, and Kenya’s Jambojet.
The World Airline Awards began in 1999. The 2021 Awards are based on a much extended customer survey period from September 2019 to July 2021, representing a mix of normal travel times combined with travel during the global pandemic.
The World Airline Awards from SKYTRAX are coveted Quality accolades for the airline industry, and a global benchmark of airline excellence.
Ratings are based on the evaluation of product and service standards for both the onboard and airport environments, using a unified and consistent rating system.
Winning the award for the best low-cost airline in Africa is not only justified but well also deserved for local private low-cost airline FlySafair.
FlySafair resumed scheduled domestic flights on 15 June last year, when the hard lockdown restrictions which prevented flights were lifted. FlySafair has proven itsself by providing reliable and exceptional air services during South Africa’s national lockdown – which has severely impacted and devastated the aviation sector since March 2020.
FLYSAFAIR NEW ROUTES
FlySafair has seized opportunities in launching routes that have opened up in the absence of state-owned airlines. Just recently, the carrier launched flights between Cape Town and Bloemfontein.
The airline will be Launching flights to Mauritius in December with ticket sales officially open. Flights will be twice a week, from OR Tambo. This new route will help in transforming FlySafair from a local carrier into one which also offers flights beyond South Africa’s borders.
FlySafair offers daily flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London & George with Award Winning Service. FlySafair is IATA Safety Certified, and recognized as the Most On-Time Airline in Africa.
SKYTRAX nominates awards in the following classes:
- World’s Best Airlines
- Airline Rating from 1-100
- COVID-19 Airline Excellence
- Best Cabin Crew
- Best Low-Cost Airlines
- Best Regional Airlines
- Most Improved Airlines
- Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness
- Best Inflight Entertainment
- Best Airline Staff Worldwide
- Best Airport Services
- Best Leisure Airlines
- Best by Cabin
- Best in First Class
- Best in Business Class
- Best in Premium Economy
- Best in Economy Class
- Best Airlines by Region
- Best Independent Airport Lounge
- Best Airline Alliance
- Best Airline Spa Facility
SKYTRAX’s World’s Top 100 Airlines for 2021 (as voted by airline customers around the world), sees Qatar Airways ranked No 1, with Singapore Airlines in 2nd and (ANA) All Nippon Airways in 3rd place.