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South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa, bordered on the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland; on the east and south by the Indian Ocean; and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Lesotho forms an enclave in the north-eastern part of the country. Pretoria is the capital city

 

Latest updates
22May15updateFly Go-Air: only operated its inaugural flights on Dec 10 2012. Plans to restart June 2015
06Mar15updateSkyWise: status changed to 'Active' as carrier  started operations 05 March 2015
26Jan15updateTransair Cargo: Status changed to 'Inactive' and both dates added: 1998 - 2000

dates are searchable using xxyyyzzzz (ie 23Apr2006) format

AirlineOperating DatesStatusCommentsGenealogy

 1Time

2004 - 2012Inactive1Time started operations on 25Feb2004 & ceased operations and filed for liquidation on 02Nov2012 

 A.V. Air (Anglo Vaal Air Services)

1946* - 1946Renamed >Africair

 AAC (African Air Carriers)

1983* - 1984Inactive  

 AAC (Avia Air Charter)

**** - ****Status?  

 ACE Express

**** - ****Status?  

 ACORN Air

1990* - 1990*Inactive  

 Aerial Stunts

**** - ****Status?  

 Aero Air Charter

1995* - 2001Inactivehad Eyethu Air Cargo merge in in 1999Aero Air Charter

 Aero Klub du Katanga

**** - ****Status?  

 Aeroflot Africa Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Aerolift

2002 - 2009Inactive  

 Aerolift Airways

2010* - 2010*Status?  

 Aeronexus Corporate

2002^ - dateActive  

 Aeronova

(****)Unconfirmed  

 Aerospace Express

1996* - 2004*Status?  

 Africa Cargo Air

1996* - 2001Inactive  

 Africa Charter Airlines

1997* - 2000Inactive  

 Africa Charter Airlines

2009* - dateActive  

 Africa Skyways

**** - ****Status?  

 Africa-Air Charter

2010* - dateActive  

 Africair

1946 - 1977Inactive Africair

 African Air Transport

1936* - 1936*Status?  

 African Airlines Express

1999 - 2000Inactive  

 African Cargo Airlines

1997* - 1999*Inactive  

 African Flying Service

**** - ****Status?  

 African International Airways

1985 - 2008Inactive  

 African Star

2000 - 2004*Status?  

 Africargo Airlines

1998* - 1998*Status? Africargo Airlines

 Afro Cargo (Afro Air)

1986^ - 1987*Inactive  

 Air 2000

2003* - 2003*Status?  

 Air Cape

1990sStatus?  

 Air Cape (AirSea Airlines)

1962^ - 1988Renamed >Safair

 Air Charter Services

(****)Unconfirmed  

 Air Flights

1920sStatus?  

 Air Freights & Transports

**** - ****Status?  

 Air Gulf

(2000)Began?  

 Air Lowveld

1971^ - 1978Renamed >Magnum Airlines

 Air Midlands

**** - ****Status?  

 Air Prospector

**** - ****Status?  

 Air South Africa

1998* - 1998*Inactive  

 Air Supply

**** - ****Status?  

 Air Trans Africa

**** - ****Status?  

 Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa

2014 - dateActive Airbus Helicopters

 Aircraft Operating Company of Africa (AOC Surveys)

1949* - 1951*Status?  

 Aircraft Survey Company of Africa

**** - ****Status?  

 Airlink

2006 - dateActiveAirlink started operation on 10Jun1992 as Airlink AirlinesAirlink

 Airlink Airlines

1992 - 1995*RenamedAirlink Airlines started operation on 10Jun1992Airlink Airlines >Airlink

 AirQuarius Air Charter

2001 - 2007Renamed >Branson Air

 AirQuarius Aviation

1999 - 2001Renamed >Branson Air

 Airtime Airlines

(2009)Began?  

 AirWorld

1985* - 2005Inactive  

 Albatross Aviation

**** - ****Status?  

 Alliance

**** - ****Status?  

 Alpha Airways

1947* - 1947*Status?  

 AnCom Jet

**** - ****Status?  

 Anglo Vaal Air Transport

1999* - 1999*Inactive  

 Animal Air

1985* - 1985*Status?  

 Ariel Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Armi Global Business Airways

2011* - 2011*Status?  

 Associated Motors

**** - ****Status?  

 ATAIR Executive Jet Charters

**** - ****Status?  

 Atlantic Air

1996* - 1996Renamed >Atlantic Air

 Avex Air Charter

**** - ****Status?  

 Avia Air Charter

1992* - 1995*InactiveAvia Air Charter was a DC.3 operator based in Wonderboom 

 Avia Airlines

1995 - 1996Inactive  

 Aviation Corporation of Africa

**** - ****Status?  

 Aviation Hire and Traders

(1959*)Unconfirmed  

 Aviation Limited

**** - ****Status?  

 Avimi Air

(1993*)Unconfirmed  

 Avna (Aviation Natal)

1970* - 1975Renamed >Avna Rennies Airlines

 Avna Airlines

1976* - 1978Renamed >Magnum Airlines

 Avna Airways

1968 - 1968*Renamed >Avna Rennies Airlines

 Avna Rennies Airlines

1975 - 1975*Status? Avna Rennies Airlines

 Awesome Aviation

2009* - 2009*Status?  

 Bass Aviation

1995* - 1995*Status?  

 Batair Cargo

2010* - dateActive  

 Bazaruto Air Charter

**** - ****Status?  

 Bell Aviation

1949* - 1949*Status?  

 Bionic Aviation

2007 - dateActive  

 Blu Crane Air (FlyBlue Crane)

2013 - dateActive  

 Bop Air (BopAir)

1979 - 1994Renamed >Sun Air

 Border Air

1966* - 1967Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 Border Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Branson Air

2007 - 2012Inactive Branson Air

 Business Express

**** - ****Status?  

 Cape Aero Services

2005 - 2005Inactive  

 Cape Atlantic Air

1995* - 1996Inactive  

 Capital Air

**** - ****Status?  

 Caprivi Airways

1978 - 1979*Status?  

 Care Airlines

1992* - 1995Renamed >Nationwide Airlines

 Carpenter's Charter

1995* - 2000*Status?  

 CemAir

2009* - dateActive  

 Central Air Cargo

2003* - 2003*Status?  

 CFA Air Charters

2009* - 2009*Status?  

 Charlan Air Charter

2000 - 2006Inactivestarted ops in Mar2000 & ceased operations on 26May2006 

 Chartair

1996* - 1998*Status?  

 CHC Air

2002* - 2008*Status?  

 Cheiftain Airlines

**** - ****Status?  

 Ciskei International Airways

1988* - 1989*Inactive  

 Citi Air

1966* - 1967Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 Civair

1989^ - dateActive  

 Civair Helicopters

1989^ - dateActive  

 Collondale Air Service

**** - ****Status?  

 Comair (Commercial Airways)

1967 - dateActiveComair was initially formed on the 17Dec1943 & started ops on 15Jun1946 as Commercial Air ServicesCommercial Air Services >Comair

 Comair Charters (Natal)

1989* - 1993*RenamedFederal Air founded in 1989 as Comair Charters (Natal)>Federal Air

 Command Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Commercial Air Services

1946 - 1967RenamedComair was initially formed on the 17Dec1943 & started ops on 15Jun1946 as Commercial Air ServicesCommercial Air Services >Comair

 Commercial Link Trade*

(****)Unconfirmed  

 Compion Aviation

2002* - 2006*Status?  

 Consolidated Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Corporate Flight Services

2009* - 2009*Status?  

 Court Air

1993* - 2001*RenamedCourt Air was founded in 1993>CHC Helicopter

 Court Helicopters

1968^ - 1996Renamed CHC Helicopter

 Debon-Air

1992* - 2002Inactive  

 DHL Aviation (SouthAfrica)

2004* - dateActive  

 Diamond Safari

1986^ - 1987*Status?  

 DTL Air Charters

2012* - dateActive  

 Durban Flying Service

**** - ****Status?  

 DV Air Freight Service

(1997)Began?  

 Eagle Airways

1960sStatus?  

 East Coast Airways

1977* - 2006*Status?  

 East Rand Taxi Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Eastern Air

1995 - 1997Inactive Eastern Air

 Eastern Free State Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Eastern Transair

**** - ****Status?  

 Egoli Air

2004 - dateActive Egoli Air

 ELB Flying Services

1976^ - 1977*Status?  

 Emric Air Services

1969^ - 1979Renamed >Magnum Airlines

 Eurocopter Southern Africa

1994^ - 2014Renamed >Airbus Helicopters

 Exclusive Air

1986* - 1994*Inactive  

 Execujet South Africa

2003* - 2004Inactive  

 Executive Aerospace

1984 - 2008Inactive  

 Express Air Cargo

1994* - 1997Inactive  

 Express Air Services

1997* - 1999InactiveExpress Air Services was founded in 1993 

 Eyethu Air Cargo

1997* - 1999Renamed Eyethu Air Cargo >Aero Air Charter

 Fair Aviation

2004^ - 2009*Status?  

 Far North Aviation

1984^ - 1985*Status?  

 Federal Air

1993* - dateActiveFederal Air founded in 1989 as Comair Charters (Natal)Federal Air

 Flair Afrique

2003 - 2004Inactive  

 FliteStar

1991 - 1994Inactiveceased operations and was liquidated on 11Apr1994 

 Fly Go-Air

2012 - 2012Inactive  

 FlySafair

2014 - dateActive  

 Forest Airlines

1993^ - 1994*Status?  

 Foster Webb Air Charter

1982^ - 1983*Status?  

 Freedom Air

2005* - dateActive  

 Fresh Air

(2000)Began?  

 Gama Air*

1998* - 1998*Status?  

 Gauteng Air Cargo

1996* - 1998Inactive  

 George Air

**** - ****Status?  

 Ghaap Air

2012* - dateActive  

 Giyani Airways

1976* - 1979*Renamed >Atlantic Air

 Glenair

**** - ****Status?  

 Global Air Cargo

(2011)Began?  

 Global Aviation Operations (Global Airways)

2001^ - dateActive  

 Grand Central Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Griekwalug

**** - ****Status?  

 Grinair

1971* - 1976*Status?  

 Guardian Air Freight

1996 - 1996Inactive  

 Haller Aviation

1946* - 1947Renamed >Southern Aviation

 Heli Jet Aviation

1998* - 1998*Status?  

 Highveld Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Hydro Air Cargo

2000 - 2003Inactive  

 Ibu Air

1999* - 2001*Status?  

 Impala Air Cargo

1992 - 1995Inactive  

 Imperial Air Cargo

2006 - dateActive  

 Intensive Air

1993* - 2002InactiveIntensive Air ceased operations on 08Apr2002. 

 Interair (Inter Air)

1994 - dateActiveInterair (Inter Air) was founded in 1993 

 Interdoc Aerospace

1998* - 1999*Status?  

 Interlink Airlines

1998 - 2010Inactive  

 International Air

**** - ****Status?  

 Interstate Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Island Express

2004 - 2006*Status?  

 Karroo Flying Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Khuphuka Kings Airways

2014 - dateActive  

 Kiersley Airways

1950 - 1951Inactive  

 Kindoc Airways (Kindoc Air)

1999* - 1999*Status?  

 King Air Services

1960* - 2009*Status?King Air Services was founded in 1960 

 Klerksdorp Flying Services

1990sStatus?  

 Klerskdorp Air Charters

1980sStatus?  

 Kulula.com

2001 - dateActiveKulula.com's inaugural flight was on 01Aug2001 

 Kuruman Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Ladysmith Air Charters

**** - ****Status?  

 LAMS (South Africa) ( London Aero and Motor Servis)

1940sStatus?  

 Letaba Airways

1974 - 1979*Renamed Atlantic Air

 Letsatsi Air Cargo

(2007)Began?  

 Link Airways

1966* - 1967Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 Link Airways

1991* - 1991Renamed >Airlink Airline

 Lionair

1995 - 1995Inactive  

 Loex Air Cargo

**** - ****Status?  

 Lowveld Aviation Services

1966* - 1967Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 Luft Afrique

1997 - 2000Renamed >Luft Cargo

 Luft Cargo

2000 - 2002Inactive Luft Cargo

 Luftmeister Air

1999* - 1999*Status?  

 Madiba Air

1999* - 1999*Status?  

 Mafeking Aviation Services

1976* - 1978Renamed >Magnum Airlines

 Magnum Airlines

1966* - 1967Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 Magnum Airlines

1978 - 1988*Status? Magnum Airlines

 Maiden Air (MaidenAir)

(2003)Began?  

 Majuba Aviation

2006* - 2012*Status?  

 Malherbe and Kiesewetter

**** - ****Status?  

 Mallel Airline Services

1995 - 1995Inactive  

 Mango

2006 - dateActive  

 Margate Air Services

1978* - 1979*Status?  

 Martinair

**** - ****Status?  

 Matatiele Airways

1960sStatus?  

 MCC Aviation

2006* - 2008*Status?  

 Merafe Aviation

2005* - 2006*Status?  

 Mercury Aviation Services (Mercury Airlines)

1946* - 1948Renamed Mercury Aviation Services >>Sky Taxis

 Mercy Airways

late 1940sStatus?  

 Meridian

1993 - 1995Inactive  

 Metavia Airlines

1985 - 2001*Inactive  

 Midlands Aviation

**** - ****Status?  

 Midlands Aviation

1967* - 1995Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 Midway Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Million Air Aviation (MillionAir Aviation)

1986 - 1994Renamed >Egoli Air

 Million Air Charter (MillionAir Charter)

1994 - 2004Renamed >Egoli Air

 Mistral Aviation

**** - ****Status?  

 Mmabatho Air Service

1979* - 1979Renamed >Sun Air

 NAC (National Airways Corporation)

1963 - dateActive NAC

 NAC Charter

1999 - dateActive NAC Charter

 Namakwaland Lugdiens (Edms)

1961 - 1979*Status? >NAC

 Namaqualand Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 NATAL (National Airlines)

1946* - 1979*Status?  

 Natal Aviation

1936* - 1937*Status?  

 Natal Aviation Company

**** - ****Status?  

 National Air Cargo

2005* - 2008*Status?  

 National Air Charters

1958 - 1963Renamed >NAC

 Nationwide Air Charter

1991 - 1995Renamed >Nationwide Airlines

 Nationwide Airlines

1995 - 1997Renamed >Nationwide Airlines

 Nationwide Airlines

1999 - 2008Inactive Nationwide Airlines

 Naturelink Charter

1997 - 2011Renamed >NAC

 Nelair Charters & Travel

2004* - 2009*Inactive  

 NN Charters

**** - ****Status?  

 Noord Weste Lugdiens

1963 - 1965Inactive  

 Nord-Sud Airways

1996* - 1996*Inactive  

 Nordwes Lugdiens

**** - ****Status?  

 Norse Air Charter

1992 - dateActive  

 North Atlantic Airways

1998* - 1999Inactive  

 Northern Cape Flying Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Northern Free State Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 O.F.S. Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 On Safari Airlines

(2000)Began?  

 Oribi Air

1975* - 1975Renamed >Avna Rennies Airlines

 Oriole Express

1980* - 1996*Status?  

 Orsmond Aviation (Ormsmond Aviation)

1999* - 2005*Status?  

 Owenair

**** - ****Status?  

 P J Aero Services

2005* - 2005*Inactive  

 Pacair

1972* - 1972*Status?  

 Pan African Air Charter

1946 - 1953Inactive  

 Pannar

1999* - 1999*Status?  

 Parry Leon and Hayhoe

**** - ****Status?  

 Pat's Flying Service

**** - ****Status?  

 Pegase Aviation

2008* - 2011*Status?  

 Pelican Air Services

2004* - 2009*Renamed >Federal Air

 Pesloed Flights

**** - ****Status?  

 Petersburg Aviation

1997 - 1997Inactive  

 Phakalane Airways

2014 - dateActive  

 Phalaborwa Air Services

Early 1970sRenamed Phalaborwa Air Services >>Comair

 Phoebus Apollo Aviation

2002* - dateActive  

 Phoenix Airways

1995 - 1995*Renamed >Atlantic Air

 Planes R'Us

2000* - 2001Inactive  

 Pretoria Air Services

1997* - 2000Inactive  

 Pretoria Flight Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Professional Aviation Charter (Services)

2003* - 2004*Inactive  

 Progress Air Charter

2003* - 2009*Status?  

 Protea Airways

1959* - 1977*InactiveProtea Airways was formed in 1959 

 Qwila Air

2002^ - 2009Renamed Solenta

 Ranch Aero

**** - ****Status?  

 Rapid Air

**** - ****Status?  

 Redair

(2008)Began?  

 Regional Airlines

**** - ****Status?  

 Rennies Air (Rennies Express Air Service)

1975* - 1975Renamed >Avna Rennies Airlines

 Rodair

**** - ****Status?  

 Romoco Cargo

1994* - 1997Inactive  

 Rondalia

**** - ****Status?  

 Rossair Executive Air Charter (City Hopper)

1956^ - 2006*Inactive  

 Ross-Thompson Aircraft Company

**** - ****Status?  

 Rovos Air

2002* - dateActive  

 Ryan Blake Air

2003* - 2006*Status?  

 SA Express

2009 - dateActive SA Express

 SA Non-Scheduled Airlines

(2000)Began?  

 SAA (South African Airways)

1934 - dateActiveSAA was formed in 1934 when Government acquired the assets of Union AirwaysUnion Airways +>SAA

 SAA Cargo

2000 - dateActive  

 Sabena Nationwide Air

1997 - 1999Renamed >Nationwide Airlines

 Sabian Air

2006* - 2009*Status?  

 Safair (Safair Lines)

1988 - dateActive Safair

 Safair Freighters

1969* - 1988Renamed >Safair

 Sahara African Aviation

2007 - dateActive  

 Saicam Air

1997 - 1997Inactive  

 Sandriver Safari

**** - ****Status?  

 Santaco Airlines

2015 >Planned  

 Sefofane Air Charters

2006* - 2008*Status?  

 Senqu Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Sentra Lugdiens

**** - ****Status?  

 Sharwoods Flying Services

1946* - 1947Status? Southern Aviation

 Sky One Air

2007* - 2008Inactive  

 Sky Taxis

1948* - 1948*Status? Mercury Aviation Services >>Sky Taxis

 Skybird

**** - ****Inactive  

 SkyHaul

2004 - 2006Inactive  

 SkyWise

2015 - dateActiveSkyWise started operations 05Mar2015 

 Solenta Aviation

2000 - dateActive Solenta

 South African Aerial Transport

**** - ****Status?  

 South African Airlink (SA Airlink)

1995 - 2006Renamed Link Airways + Border Air + Lowveld Aviation Services + Citi Air + Magnum Airlines =>Midlands Aviation >SA Airlink >Airlink

 South African Express

1994 - 2009Renamedairline was founded in 1993>SA Express

 South Coast Aviation

**** - ****Status?  

 South West Africa Air Transport

Late 1940sRenamed  

 Southeast

**** - ****Status?  

 Southern Aviation

1947 - 1977*Renamed >Southern Aviation

 Spectrem Air

2003 - dateActive  

 Speed Services Couriers (Speed Air Charter )

1999* - 1999*Status?  

 Spencer's Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Springbok Classic Air

2001* - 2004Inactive  

 Springbok Flying Safaris

2001* - 2001*Status?  

 Star Air Cargo

1996 - dateActive  

 Stars Away Aviation

2005 - dateActive  

 Starwelt Airlines

1996* - 2000Inactive  

 Steyn's Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Streamline Air Charter

1998* - 1998*Status?  

 Streamline Aviation

1999* - 1999Renamed >NAC Charter

 Studio 88 Aviation

2001^ - dateActive  

 Suidair

1946^ - 1950Inactiveformed in 1946, into liquidation on 01Nov1950 and ceased to operate 

 Sun Air (Southwestern Air Service)

1994 - 1999Inactive Sun Air

 Sun Air (SunAir)

2002 - 2004Inactive  

 Swaziland Airlink

1999 - dateActive  

 T.F.C. Orient Air Services

**** - ****Status?  

 TAC Air Services

1998 - 2000Inactive >Trans Air Cargo Service

 TAC Air Services

2002* - 2003*Status?  

 Techno Aviation

1966* - 1966*Status?  

 Theron Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 Thohoyandau Airlines

**** - ****Status?  

 Tramon Air

1998 - 2006Inactive  

 Trans African Airways

(2014)Began?  

 Transair Cargo

1998 - 2000Inactive  

 Transavia

**** - ****Status?  

 Transkei Airways

1976 - 1995Renamed >Eastern Air

 Transoceanic Airways

**** - ****Renamed >Africargo Airlines

 Transvaal Air Charters

Early 1960sRenamed >NAC

 Travel Air

**** - ****Status?  

 Trek Airways (Trek Lugdiens)

1953 - 1994Inactiveceases operations on 11Apr1994 and was liquidated 

 Tropair

1965* - 1970Status?  

 Tropair

1983* - 1984*Status?  

 Tropic Airways

1953* - 1953*Inactive  

 Tugela Air Services

1975* - 1975*Status?  

 Union Airways

1929 - 1934RenamedUnion Airways began ops on 24Jul1929. SAA was formed on 01Feb1934 when Government acquired assets of Union AirwaysUnion Airways +>SAA

 United Air

1972 - 1980*Renamed >Wonderair

 United Air Services

1961* - 1962Renamed >NAC

 United Air Services

1972 - 1980*Renamed >Wonderair

 United Airways

1951* - 1951*Status?  

 Universal Air Transport

1948 - 1948Renamed >Westair Transport

 Universal Airways

1950* - 1951*Status?  

 Valan International Cargo

2004* - 2007Inactive  

 Valiantair

**** - ****Status?  

 Valitrade

1997* - 1997*Renamed >Luft Cargo

 Velvet Sky

2011 - 2012InactiveOperations began 22Mar2011 & ceased 27Feb2012 

 Venda Airways

**** - ****Status?  

 VSA Aviation

1999* - 2006*Inactive  

 Vulkan Air

1997 - dateActive  

 W. Rosenstein

**** - ****Status?  

 Walker Flying Services

**** - ****Status?  

 Wenela Air Services

1952* - 1953*Status?  

 Westair Transport

1948 - 1950Inactive Westair Transport

 Western Aviation

**** - ****Status?  

 Western Cape Ferries

2007 - 2012*Status?  

 Westrac Cargo

**** - ****Status?  

 Wild Coast Air

**** - ****Status?  

 Wing Airways

**** - ****Status? >NAC

 Wonderair

1980* - 1989*Status? Wonderair

 Wonderbloom Aviation

**** - ****Status?  

 XPS Services

1996* - 1999*Inactive  

 Zenith Air

2006* - 2008*Status?  

 Zoutpansberg Flying Service

**** - ****Status?  

 Zulu Air

(2006*)Began?  

 Zululand Air Charters

1960sInactive  

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