East London is situated on the east coast of South Africa, boasting the only deepwater river harbour. Buffalo City Local Municipality incorporates East London, Bhisho and King William’s Town, as well as the large townships of Mdantsane and Zwelitsha. and smaller surrounding towns too. Though the renaming is official most people still refer it still as East London. The East London Airport code is still ELS which references to the old naming. However, the airport too will undergo a name change in the near future. In 1938 the then curator of the town museum found an unusual fish in the catch of a local fishing vessel. The fish turned out to be a prehistoric Coelacanth See Online, long thought to be extinct.
South African Airways flies from East London to Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as to some smaller cities in the country. Local low-fare airlines Mango and Kulula.com serve the airport as well. See also Discount airlines in Africa