Travelling within Africa can be difficult due to expensive airfares and complex visa laws. It is often easier for people living outside of Africa to travel within the continent. But luckily, the aviation industry in Africa is growing fast. According to the International Air Transport Association, it is expanding at a rate of 4.7% per year and the number of passengers should double to 300 million within the next 20 years. There are now several low-cost airlines operating in and serving African countries, and more are sure to come.
Mango received the Best African low-cost airline two years in a row. It flies between South Africa’s major airports, serving Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, and George. It also goes to Zanzibar twice a week.
Not only is Fastjet affordable, with fares as low as $10 for a one-way trip, but the airline is also safe and secure. 90% of all the flights arrive on time and the company boasts a customer retention rate of 80%. The airline operates from five airports in Tanzania and flies to Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, and Zanzibar. There are also routes to Johannesburg, Lusaka, Harare, Entebbe, Lilongwe and Nairobi. Then, there is a base in Zimbabwe which connects Harare to Victoria Falls and Johannesburg.
Dana Air aims to bring Nigeria an affordable service that is also reliable and customer friendly. It strives to offer top-notch safety, technology, and efficiency. With competitive fares, the airline hopes to help underserved routes and communities, help Nigerian regions grow as tourist destinations, and boost employment. Dana Air serves Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Uyo.
Fly540 provides low-cost flights throughout Kenya, South Sudan and Zanzibar. It is based in Nairobi and has routes to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi, Mombasa, Juba and Zanzibar. The company has been successfully operating since 2006. And in 2011, the airline was honoured at the East African Community Conference for contributing to economic growth in Africa.
Kulula offers cars, hotels, flights, and packages to make the travel experience more affordable. It was South Africa’s first low-cost, “no-frills” airline and continues to be one of the most trusted ones today. The company is headquartered in South Africa and serves Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, East London, Windhoek, Harare, Mauritius, Victoria Falls, Livingstone, and Nairobi.
Jambojet is a subsidiary of Kenya Airways. The airline adheres to high standards of safety and service. The on-time performance has always been above 80%. It serves Mombasa, Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, Malindi, Ukunda, and Lamu. The airline offers tiered pricing, meaning that fares start very low and then increase over time. Therefore with Jambojet, it is best to book as early as possible.
FlySafair is a relatively new airline in South Africa. However, it was founded by established air logistics and specialised air services company Safair – so the company has 49 years of experience in the industry. It serves Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and George.
Though this airline is not based in an African country, it serves many African cities at a low cost. It has routes to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Bujumbura, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Entebbe, Juba, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Port Sudan, and Zanzibar.