How does the R9 FlySafair work? The R9 tickets include all airport taxes and VAT but exclude any additional services such as checked luggage, priority boarding, and seat pre-selection. Kirby Gordon, Chief Marketing Officer at FlySafair, told News24 on Wednesday morning that 750 000 people were in the waiting room before the sale had even started. At around 11:00, half of the R9 tickets had already sold, with roughly 25 000 still available. “So far it’s been going pretty well. We start off the traffic on the website a little slower and then scale it up to add more and more people as long as systems stay stable,” Gordon added. Twitter is already flooded with lucky customers who snatched up their tickets, while others are desperately waiting their turn to score a cheap seat. According to its website, FlySafair was started by Safair Operations, which has been a global leader in the aviation sector for over 50 years. The local airline currently operates the largest route network of all low-cost airlines in South Africa.