The Comair Story

As a proudly South African aviation and travel group founded in 1946, Comair has operated successfully within Southern Africa for more than six decades with an internationally recognized safety record.

Since 1996, we have serviced local and regional routes under the British Airways livery as part of our licence agreement with British Airways Plc and launched South Africa's first low-cost airline, in 2001.

Securing the Future

However, not being commercially viable, when Government support was rejected, the service was to come to an end.

At the time, the Anglo American Corporation were developing gold mines in the Free State and approached Comair to continue the service – at least to the Free State Goldfields. A limited subsidy was offered and Comair continued to operate a scheduled route, so securing its future existence.

Entering the Mainstream
Comair entered the main domestic routes in 1992.

The Boeing 737-200s and Fokker aircraft carried almost 100,000 passengers a year with leisure travellers on safari dominating the market. The route network included services to Cape Town, Durban, Richards Bay, Skukuza, Manzini, Gaborone and Harare with 200 departures per week. Comair was listed on the JSE on 22 July 1998, and as part of the conditions of the adopted business rescue plan on 2 September 2020, the Company was delisted from the JSE on 7 April 2021. 

Inheriting a Reputation

In 1996, Comair joined British Airways as a franchise partner and became known as British Airways Comair, taking on the colours and livery of British Airways International. The British Airways brand brought with it a rich heritage of stylish travel, reputation for service excellence and a wide range of products such as the prestigious Executive Club frequent flyer programme.

As franchise partner of British Airways and a member of the oneworld® alliance, Comair offers seamless connections to the international route network and continues to serve local premium customers with the same standards in mind.


In 2001, South Africa's first 'no-frills' carrier, was launched. The name kulula is derived from the Zulu language meaning 'easily'.

As Comair continues to position as more than just an airline but rather an entire travel experience, the brand aims to provide customers with the easiest way to book, the easiest way to pay and above all, the easiest to afford.

Catering for Passengers

country's largest and broadest digital travel distribution network. Its brands include:

For Comair, partnerships will continue to
form along its path of growth and expansion.

Opening of the Comair Training Centre

The Comair Training Centre (CTC) is situated adjacent to O.R. Tambo International Airport, it provides operations training for the Boeing B737-2/3/4/5/800 series for both local and
international flight deck aircrew, cabin crew and flight operations personnel.

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Looking Forward into the Future

For close to 70 years, Comair has provided consistent value, reliability and professionalism. British Airways and now carry an average of 4.8 million passengers per annum locally and regionally. Our reputation of quality and passion for service will ensure Comair continues to play a major role in the South African aviation and travel industry.