Cape Town – The advance of South Africa’s budget airlines, recently joined by FlySafair and Skywise, looks set to benefit air travel consumers, as competition between the private and state-owned sector strengthens.

A study undertaken in February indicated that FlySafair had already helped bring prices down on some domestic routes. Now hopes are pinned on Skywise to continue the momentum.

Currently operating flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport on a fleet of two aircraft, the newcomers’ growth strategy is clearly cautious and methodical.

However, there seems to be some confusion as to who exactly these airlines are, where they fly, and in each case, what they offer consumers.