Not saving the planet

26 07 2012

“Yes it is expensive” commented the travel agent, “but I have just started booking the tickets for the school holidays and they are 900 dollars”.

I looked in disbelief at the sum of $535 she’d written on the printout of my itinerary and wondered if it would be cheaper to drive to Jo’burg. I had to go for a follow-up consultation for my knee replacement but the thought of driving through the lowveld heat in October was distinctly unappealing.

It’s 970km to OR Tambo airport in Jo’burg from Harare. For a return trip that makes it US27.5c a km. It is slightly further to drive but $535 would buy me about 420 litres of diesel which in my Land Cruiser, which is not very economical, would take me some 3360 km. Where is the incentive to take a more eco-friendly flight? The convenience of a flight is obviously a big factor in flying, driving is tedious over that sort of distance, and I can be home the next day if I fly. Unfortunately SAA and BA are the only carriers on that route and they can pretty much charge what they like.

I would be interested to know if there are any other international flights out there that compare with this one.

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6 responses

30 07 2012
Suzanne

when did you have your knee replaced? and for ex. Ottawa-Toronto-Return is about $ 334. Distance is: 451 km.

30 07 2012
gonexc

I had it done at the end of August last year.

So it looks like the gold is going to Ottawa-Toronto at 37c per km. Any other contenders out there.

30 07 2012
Suzanne

Ottawa to Fredricton New Brunswick=1024 km. price is $408 return, plus of course, all the applicable taxes, fuel surcharges, compensations for the cycle of the moon etc.

30 07 2012
gonexc

20c/km. Nope, no medal prospects on this one. Cheeeeaaaap!!!

31 07 2012
Suzanne

We’re going to Newfoundland mid september, approx $188 plus taxes per person. 1774 km.

How did the knee work out? I don’t seem to remember that momentous event, but then my mind aint’ what it used to be.

31 07 2012
gonexc

OK thanks. Not quite what I was hoping for but at least there is not much pain and I can even do some limited cycling!

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