I have flown from Joburg to Cape Town four times in the past three weeks. I have also done two return trips from Joburg to Durban and to Gqeberha. In all instances, I have flown with the excellent, on-time, friendly, clean and efficient FlySafair.

Just five years ago I would probably have flown half of those trips with SAA, our “national carrier”. Walking through OR Tambo International Airport used to be a parade through SAA’s prowess: it flew to more destinations than any other carrier; it covered routes private airlines would not touch; it oiled the economy; it brought the farmers of Upington to Joburg; and it ensured that foreign investors got to Bloemfontein...

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