Too few flights for Dutch fans

2010-06-22 14:21

Johannesburg - There are too few flights to South Africa to cope with the demands from Dutch fans who want to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup, according to reports in the Dutch press.

The Netherlands have won their opening two matches and qualified for the next round, with some pundits proclaiming that the Dutch (along with the Brazilians) are the most impressive teams in the tournament.

But only an estimated 10 000 Dutch fans are in South Africa, with many staying home due to alarming media reports about the country's crime levels and "pending civil war" following the murder of Eugene Terreblanche.

The Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (Royal Dutch Football Association) also put potential travellers off with warnings about the dangers in South Africa.

Klaas Deknatelchief, editor of the online publication Zuid-Afrika Journaal, said reporting on the World Cup build-up was "shockingly" negative, but the media feedback since the start of the tournament has been very upbeat.

"[Dutch fans in South Africa] are also amazed how friendly South Africans are, and feel much more secure than they had expected as there is a lot of security and police on the streets.

"Some also expected to come to a third world country, but notice that parts of Joburg do not look like that at all."

He says the "enormous enthusiasm" and support for the Dutch team in South Africa, along with reports about the country's natural beauty, should convince more fans to come.

According to the Dutch travel group OAD, the Dutch team can expect "massive" support from fans.

Little flight capacity

"After the good performance of the Netherlands team, many fans are now prepared to travel [to South Africa]."

Some Dutch publications have reported, however, that there is a lack of flights to South Africa.

OAD director Julius ter Haar told the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that finding accommodation and match tickets won't be a problem.

Brett Dungan, CEO of the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa), recently said there still was abundant accommodation for last-minute visitors, particularly outside Johannesburg.

Currently hotels are busier than usual for this time of year, but activity levels are not what was expected for the World Cup.

After end-June, when some teams leave the tournament, even more accommodation will be available.

However, flight tickets are a problem, said Ter Haar.

"How we can get people [to South Africa] is a different story. There is very little flight capacity."

If the Netherlands should reach the quarter finals, OAD expects an additional "couple of thousand" Dutch fans to visit South Africa, which will create more pressure.

On KLM's website there are still some flights from Amsterdam to Johannesburg available, although many have stopovers and there are warnings that those are the last tickets available. Prices range from €450 (R4 160) to more than €2 000 (R18 480) per flight.

SAA is also offering flights, with an economy return ticket for this week (returning after the World Cup final) now priced at €3 087 (R28 500).


  • TurboChris - 2010-06-22 14:58

    Wow, SAA would try cash in! And the hotels can only blame themselves for inflating their prices, I suspect the tourists have opted for cheaper B&b's and the likes, they shoot themselves in the foot continually, even with us locals when the holiday seasons are on.

  • Bafana - 2010-06-22 15:08

    The amount of propaganda written in European papers about South Africa about the World Cup has been shocking. Lies, lies and more lies.I had a few beers with some brazilians yesterday and they were loving it here.Viva South Africa

  • M - 2010-06-22 15:09

    Good Grief those prices are ridiculous....

  • kim - 2010-06-22 15:17

    I am a Travel Agent in SOuth Africa and there is plenty availability on KLM at not such high rates as you have quoted in your article - Average rate is R 9361.00 incl taxes - mail me for assistance to book flights

  • hup Holland Hup - 2010-06-22 15:19

    Kom naar Zuid-Afrika mijn landgenoten. Het is leuk!

  • Badger - 2010-06-22 15:22

    KLM Euro450.00,,,SAAEuro3000, no wonder SAA has run at a loss for the past how many years, "BAD MANAGEMENT"!!!!!!

  • simon - 2010-06-22 15:30

    As a South african living in Nederland i was also alarmed at the reports before the start, but i would say the biggest problem was the costs. I know many fans that were very keen to go, but found the prices to be to high to warrant the trip. We def needed to market ourselves better as a cheap destination! SAA and other internal carriers should have come to the party instead of ramping up the prices to insane levels!

  • Mike - 2010-06-22 15:31

    No flying Dutchmen? lol

  • Andy - 2010-06-22 15:44

    Such typical behaviour by the Kaas Koppe....started about 360 years ago !! Now come and experience the real thing.....

  • The Oracle - 2010-06-22 16:11

    SAA - R28,700 for a economy return ticket? Surely it's a printing error or just another example of the lasting damage SA companies causes my trying to boost short term profit!

  • mary - 2010-06-22 16:15

    I am very proud of South Africa and all it has achieved!

  • Chauke - 2010-06-23 06:25

    Now what after 2010 Soccer, the COST of it all. Higher taxes and more unemployment. The do mantenence to the White Elephants already is a big problem. After the show, the cops will be working as they normaly do, and this is not much. Have you ever watched how the workers on the roadside work? Its good we have machines and a very few older workers willing to work, I counted 90% of the workers doing nothing, thats the reason the road not finished. After you tourists left, its going to be as before, rape, theft, robberies, murder, fraud by our leaders and a lot more to come etc. Blow you voodoozella and go crazy. No hope no future, hope is a expression of doing nothing, hope is future without results.Acting now will give results, but the mentality is not there, strikes enough, I promise you will see were this leads to. One word CHAOS. the voodoozella is the sound of witchcraf and destruction, it show that now one can not hear anymore. It is spreading TB al ocer with this funnel. I hope some angels come down from heaven to make order, but we porbably needs millions of them to destroy the false soccer unity.

  • John - 2010-06-23 07:42

    I was in Holland this time last year. 5 year old kids ride around safely in the streets on their bikes. Not surprised the odd story about a robbery, hijacking, murder etc. puts them off - it rarely happens there. Anyway hope they come and Hup Holland!

  • FAN - 2010-06-24 10:20

    I have also checked and see availability of flights to South Africa. Rather go online and book!

  • Audrey Everson - 2010-06-25 13:38

    After all the bad publicity, the foreigners are loving it here and they want to come back to SA. Those monkeys overseas can go fly a kite.

  • Les - 2010-06-25 14:21

    Loving the football played by the Dutchmen!! Hope that many more fans will still come through (Im sure that more English and American fans will come too??) Anyway the world Media did SA a dis service with all the negative reporting pre WORLD CUP.... Im glad to see that the fans here are experiencing something entirely different and that the TRUE message about this wonderful country (I didnt say perfect SA haters) will be taken back to their homes.....

  • Gina - 2010-07-05 14:23

    Great SWC, There were many of us pessimists regarding the crime etc during the SWC but so far the crime has remained local and apart from a few corrupt SAP guys, I think all have enjoyed the country and its people. I just hope that our cities will be kept clean and that all the flags of the world will be kept flying just to remind us every day what a wonderful country and bunch of people we are.Let us get on with our daily lives and let the politicians fight amongst themselves and if they want to steal, they are only harming those that should be helped "the poor"

  • @ Chauke - 2010-07-05 14:45

    you are a foreigner, you will go home after the World cup. . .for the rest of y'all, let's be proud to be South African and respect the visitors. .we'll catch on $H!T once they are gone. .now that's AYOBA!

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