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Lift Airlines Launches Durban-Johannesburg Route

Lift Airlines, began flights of its scheduled 3 times daily air services on the Durban-Johannesburg Route this past week.


  • As of October 2022, Lift Airlines will be servicing Durban-Johannesburg Route passengers.
  • As of June 2022, King Shaka International Airport’s traffic volumes have recovered to 56% of their pre-pandemic levels.
  • LIFT launched its first route Joburg-Cape Town almost two years ago during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
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There was great excitement in the air as The Sandton Times joined an exclusive group of passengers to witness the opening of the new Durban-Johannesburg Route for Lift Airlines, along with senior members of the business including Lift CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Ayache.


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The Lift Airlines Durban-Johannesburg Route team celebrate a successful first day of flights with CEO and Co-Founder of Lift, Jonathan Ayache. Image: The Sandton Times

Guests and Lift Airline Executives along with the first commercial passengers took to the sky at OR Tambo International, destined for King Shaka International Airport for the very first time. The 45-minute flight, although short, saw great celebration as passengers clapped on take-off and landing, cheered for a 60th Birthday onboard and received ‘Hello Durban’ cupcakes, handed out by CEO and Co-Founder of Lift, Jonathan Ayache, personally.


The Durban-Johannesburg Route will also get to enjoy the Lift Premium offering, the airlines take on Business Class with extra space and privacy, as well as elevated catering options.


The start-up airline, which was established two years ago has grown its route network to include Durban, entering one of South Africa’s most popular routes.


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CEO and Co-Founder of Lift, Jonathan Ayache speaking to media in Durban on the successful launch of the Durban-Johannesburg Route. Image: The Sandton Times

Domestic airlines play a significant role in driving the recovery and rebuilding efforts of South Africa’s local aviation industry ensuring that it continues to benefit business and leisure travel.

It’s no secret that Durban has had its fair share of struggles over the past two years, and we are just so proud and happy to play a small part in bringing back travel and tourism to such a deserving City. Durban is one of the most common requests we receive on social media and has been on our radar for a while and for that, we couldn’t be more excited.

// CEO and Co-Founder of Lift, Jonathan Ayache


Lift Airline has grown its fleet and has two more aircraft arriving this year.


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