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International Flights From South AfricaWhich airlines operate international Flights in South Africa?

You can fly direct to South Africa from a number of countries. This is a marked change from the days of sanction and has aided South Africa’s efforts to invite tourism to its beautiful shores. The number of airlines that fly direct to South Africa has also increased with the creation of the Star Alliance group. In 1997, five airlines united to create the Star Alliance. These founding member airlines included: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines. This alliance meant that the airlines shared access to route networks, airport lounges, check-in services, ticketing and dozens of other services. The idea behind the alliance was to become far more competitive as a group of airlines and to improve the travel experience for customers, wherever they are in the world. South African Airways joined the Star Alliance group in 2006. Subsequently, South African Airways and the Star Alliance connects 181 countries to South Africa.

International flights to USA

You can fly direct to South Africa from Atlanta, Georgia or New York. South African Airways, United Airlines and US Airways service these direct routes. From these cities, you can connect to all major America cites via Delta Airlines and Jet Blue.
Another popular route is to fly from Johannesburg (JNB) to Washington (IAD) via Dakar. Whilst this route is not direct, the stopover is more of a pitstop (about 1 hr) and means that the total journey time is 17.5 hrs.

International flights to London and UK

Flights from Cape Town to London and Johannesburg to London are probably the most commonly searched for in South Africa. This busy and competitive route is serviced by a number of airlines. Direct flight from Johannesburg to London are offered by British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Flight time on these direct flights is about eleven hours and the majority of these flights are overnight. South African Airways does not offer direct flights between Cape Town and London. British Airways flies two direct flights per day from Cape Town to London. The total flight time is about 12 hours. Virgin Atlantic has one direct flight from Cape Town to London per day.

International flights to Europe

You can also fly indirectly from Johannesburg to London via Europe. Air France is a great option, as it is often cheaper than going direct and the journey time is only 13.5 hrs. Air France is in partnership with KLM (Air France-KLM airline company) and offer great discounts on European flights to and from South Africa. SWISS (previously known as Swissair) and Lufthansa are members of the Star Alliance group and, together with SAA, offer great deals on flights between Johannesburg and Europe.

International flights to Australia and New Zealand

Flying from Johannesburg to Sydney or Perth is quite expensive. SAA has one direct flight to Perth and is cheaper than Qantas Airways. Flight time is between nine and twelve hours (depending on direction). South African Airways flies direct between Johannesburg and Sydney and flight time is 12 to 15 hours. Virgin Australia doesn’t fly directly between Johannesburg and Sydney. Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia have partnered on this route, flying from Johannesburg via Dubai. The total journey time is about 25 hours. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance group. Whilst there are no direct flights from South Africa to New Zealand, average flight time is about 20 to 25 hours.

International flights to Dubai

Etihad and Emirates Airlines both operate out of Dubai. Etihad Airlines is the national airline despite Emirates being better known. Emirates Airlines offers a fantastic flying experience, with its service being second to none. These airlines specialise in cheap indirect flights (flying via dubai) from Johannesburg to Europe, Australasia and the  East. For details on weekly flight specials, sign-up to our newsletter.

International flights to Thailand and the East

Airlines that operate from South Africa to Thailand and the East include:
Singapore Airlines
Thai Airways
Jet Airways (India)
Malaysian Airlines
Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)

Regional flights from South Africa into Africa

Airlines that operate between South Africa and other African countries include:
LAM Airways (Mozambique)
Air Mauritius
Air Namibia
Egypt Air (Star Alliance Member)
Ethiopian Airlines (Star Alliance Member)
Mango Airlines (Fly to Zanzibar)
kulula Airlines (Fly to Maputo, Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius, Vic Falls and Livingston)
SA Express (see below)

Fly SA Express
SA Airlink (see below)

Fly SA Airlink
Kenya Airways
Air Malawi
Inter Air (see below)

Inter Air Route Map

Cheap international flights to/from South Africa

Qatar, like Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines offer great discounts on international flights. they fly via Qatar, which is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia near Abu Dhabi.

Other international flight destinations from South Africa

South African Airways flies to a large number of countries. We’ve included a table (courtesy of Wikipedia) that lists all of SAA’s destinations.

South African Airways Desinations

International Flights to South Africa: Customs and Duties

On arriving into South Africa you must declare all the goods in your possession, and if necessary pay VAT & duties. Each person is allowed the following in their baggage (you cannot transfer your allowance or pool them):

200 cigarettes
250g of pipe or cigarette tobacco
20 cigars
2 litres wine
1 litre of other alcoholic beverages
50ml perfume
250ml Eau de toilette
Other goods to a total value not exceeding R5000, excluding consumables. The limit for airline crew members is R700.

Did You Know: Facts about flights to South Africa?

There are 17 airports operating within South Africa.
There are 112,102 international flights per week out of South Africa.
There are 112,102 seats available for international travel out of South Africa per week.
There are 51 carriers operating within South Africa.
The longest flights out of South Africa is 13573 km’s.
The shortest international flight from South Africa is 291 km’s.
There are 181,567 seats available for travel within South Africa on a weekly basis.
There are flights to 48 different countries from South Africa.