A Brief Look at South Africa Flights
South Africa is one of the most popular destinations in the world, and for good reason. It offers an excellent climate, a range of geographic destinations, an interesting culture and a melange of the old and the new. Countless travellers from the United Kingdom as well as the rest of the world choose to holiday here on a regular basis. However, South Africa is not necessarily “just around the corner” and if you are hoping to plan ahead, it is always a good idea to take a look at some basic details in regards to flight details.
Airport Details and Primary Flight Information
The largest airport in terms of size, as well as the number of yearly passengers, is O.R. Tambo International Airport. It served more than 28 million passengers in 2018 and it offers non-stop flights to all of the continents in the world except Antarctica. It is also the headquarters of South African Airways and you can utilise this carrier to travel to other cities within the country itself.
O.R. Tambo International Airport is found more or less between the large cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria, so convenience should normally not present a major issue. Some of the other national airlines which are served through this location include Airlink, Comair, FlySafair, South African Express and Mango.
As you should have expected, this airport serves a plethora of international carriers. Some of the largest as well as those which may be pertinent to your travel plans include:
• British Airways
• Delta Airlines
• Virgin Atlantic
Most direct flights will take just over 11 hours when travelling from London to South Africa. However, please note that this is assuming that you are flying into the largest airport in the country. There are a handful of other locations which serve international flights and if you opt for one of these, you should always perform an adequate amount of online research. Connecting flights through cities such as Paris or Madrid will take considerably longer; perhaps 15 hours or more.
How to Encounter the Best Prices and Weather
There are several ways in which you will be able to save money before you leave. First of all, compare the prices of at least three separate carriers. This is generally accomplished through the use of third-party online comparison websites and their prices are updated on an hourly (or daily) basis. In addition, keep in mind the exchange rate between the South African rand and the pound. If you happen to be changing over funds, perform such a task at a bank as opposed to within the airport (commissions can be quite high). The seasons within South African are reversed when compared to the northern hemisphere, so their summers take place during what we would consider to be the winter. This is advantageous, as you will be able to enjoy some truly tropical weather while the northern latitudes are very cold. This is also why South Africa is quite popular during these times of the year.