In consultation with International Air Transport Association (IATA), South African Airways will increase its fares to Europe and the Americas by 10 to 15 percent and to all its major domestic routes by 12 percent on business class and 3 to 9 on economy class. The increases come into effect from January 15.
The increases applies to international routes like London, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels, North and South America and domestic routes such as, Johannesburg to Cape Town, Johannesburg to Durban, Cape Town to Durban, Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg to George, Johannesburg to East London, Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban to Port Elizabeth.
For example, a one-way business class ticket from Johannesburg to Cape Town which used to cost R1520, will now cost R1700. A full fare economy class ticket costing R1280 will now cost R1390. The economy class` cheapest fare of R530 will jump to R550.
A one-way business class ticket from Johannesburg to Durban will cost R1110 from the current R990. A single trip economy class ticket will now cost R820 from R760 and the Durban to Johannesburg cheapest fare of R280 will go up to R290.
In addition, routes covered by SAA partner, SA Express routes will see an increase of between 3 to 8 percent. The routes are: Johannesburg to East London, Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban to Port Elizabeth.
The East London to Port Elizabeth route, which is operated jointly by SAA and SA Airlink, will see an increase in fares of up to 8 percent.
For those travelling internationally, an economy class return ticket from Johannesburg to New York will go up from R6350 to R6890. From Johannesburg to Sao Paulo economy class fares will go up from R4150 to R4780.
Examples of economy class return fares to Europe destinations will be as follows: From Johannesburg to London fares will rise from R3 990 to R4670. From Johannesburg to Frankfurt from R4 620 to R5090, Johannesburg to Brussels from R4620 to R5090 and Johannesburg to Paris from R4620 to R5090.