South Africa Flights Information

This page contains general information about flying to and from as well as flying within South Africa.

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Major Airports

South Africa has 3 major international airports.

  • Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB)
  • Cape Town International (CPT)
  • Durban King Shaka International (DUR)

International Airlines

Most major airlines have flights to and from South Africa.

Checked baggage allowances flying to and from South Africa vary from airline to airline. Generally, the minimum is 1 piece of luggage with a maximum weight of 23kg.

Local / National South African Airlines

The following are local airlines which operate only in South Africa. These can be considered as low cost carriers, and often only come with hand luggage included in the ticket price. Additional luggage is usually charged at a specif rate per piece and or weight.

South African Airways (SAA)

  • Destinations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George. Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Mthatha, Nelspruit, Phalaborwa, Polokwane, Richards Bay, Upington.
  • Included Luggage: Hand Luggage and 23kg checked luggage.
  • Note: Sometimes SAA flights are labelled as SAA Express flights.

Safair

  • Destinations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George.
  • Included Luggage: Hand Luggage Only. Checked luggage to be paid for additionally if required.
  • Note: Safair’s checked luggage can be purchased online or at the airport. It is substantially cheaper to book online, than at the airport. Currently the checked luggage is limited to 20kg. However, most international airlines checked luggage has a limit of at least 23kg. Therefore it might be necessary to pay for two checked luggage pieces if your luggage weighs more than 20kg.

Mango Airlines

  • Destinations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George.
  • Included Luggage: Hand Luggage and 20kg checked luggage.
  • Note: Most international airlines checked luggage has a limit of at least 23kg. Therefore it might be necessary to pay for an additional checked luggage piece if your luggage weighs more than 20kg. If an additional luggage item is needed, it is cheaper to purchase it before hand online. Mango operates some of South African Airways (SAA) regional flights within South Africa.

kulula

  • Destinations: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, George.
  • Included Luggage: Hand Luggage and 20kg checked luggage.
  • Note: Most international airlines checked luggage has a limit of at least 23kg. Therefore it might be necessary to pay for an additional checked luggage piece if your luggage weighs more than 20kg. If an additional luggage item is needed, it is cheaper to purchase it before hand online. Kulula operates some of British Airway’s regional flights within South Africa.