1time Airline was a low cost South African airline that operated for around 8 years between the year 2004 and 2012. They were based in Johannesburg, near O.R Thambo International Airport. The name of the company “one time” is a South African expression meaning “for real”. 1time Airline was a relatively popular airline due to the low costs for tickets.
The airline only flew Domestic flights around South Africa with many of them being the more famous destinations such as:
- Cape Town – Cape Town International Airport
- Durban – King Shake International Airport
- East London – East London Airport
- George – George Airport
- Johannesburg – O.R Thambo International Airport
- Port Elizabeth – Port Elizabeth Airport
- Zanzibar – Zanzibar International Airport
- Livingstone – Livingstone Airport
- Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls Airport
There were a total of 9 destinations and a total of 11 planes that were included with the airline, which allowed it to offer a range of options to travellers.
1time Airline launched ticket sales in January 2004, and started flying on 25 February 2004, with three daily return flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. The airline was owned by Afrisource Holdings, MKJH Trust and Mogwele Investments and had 420 employees by March 2007. The history of 1time Airline is however short lived because on 22 August 2012, it was reported that 1time Airline had filed for business rescue to give it protection from its creditors because it was financially distraught. In November 2012, 1time Airline went into liquidation and ceased all operations. Despite several initiatives, including those of the liquidator, operations remain suspended.
Still to this day, 1time Airline remains one of the cheapest airlines that have ever existed in South Africa, though there are some deals that can be found at other airlines, depending on when the flight is booked and to where.