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FAQs about flying with South African

  • What is South African's carry-on size allowance?

    On board South African flights, cabin baggage should not exceed 56x36x23cm. If your hand luggage is bigger, the South African assistance team will most likely ask you to pay extra for checked luggage.

  • Where does South African fly to?

    South African offers direct flights to 15 cities in 11 different countries. Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban are the most popular cities covered by South African.

  • What is South African’s primary hub?

    South African concentrates most of its flight operations in Johannesburg.

  • How does KAYAK find such low prices on South African flights?

    KAYAK is a travel search engine, meaning that we continuously look across the web to find the best deals for our users. With over 2 billion flight queries processed yearly, we are able to display a variety of prices and options on flights from all airlines, including South African.

  • What’s the cheapest route that South African flies?

    In the last 72 hours, the cheapest route flown by South African found on KAYAK was from Durban to Johannesburg, with a price of ₹ 5,886 for a round-trip.

  • What are the most popular airports for South African flights to depart from?

  • Is South African part of an airline alliance?

    Yes, South African is part of the Star Alliance airline alliance.

  • How many destinations does South African fly to?

    In total, South African flies to 15 destinations.

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South African customer reviews

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8.6 Very Good
Pros:Staff were friendly.
Cons:The ventilation in the departure hall is pathetic.
7.3 Good
Cons:My seat cushion had very little padding which after a few hours became conspicuously apparent. I think they need new seats on those planes, or perhaps just some reupholstering.
10.0 Wonderful
Pros:I got help with the boarding pass and once on the plane was very impressed with the comfort of the interior and cleanliness of the plane. I would definitely fly with that airline again.
8.6 Very Good
Pros:Got a free upgrade to business so that was very nice. New interior, good wine, and a smiling crew made it a nice experience
7.6 Good
Pros:The crew between Joburg and Accra were friendly and fantastic. Less so the crew from Accra to DC
Cons:SAA’s food quality has declined over the past 20 years. And entertainment seems to be running a bit behind compared to other airlines.
6.3 Okay
Pros:Reasonable space and friendly crew.
Cons:I paid extra to reserve an aisle seat and the video was out of order. This is a very long flight to be without entertainment.
5.6 Fair
Pros:I like that I got an aisle seat this time, even though it was toward the rear of the plane. Because of my right knee, I requested an aisle seat on the flight from NY to Johannesburg, but somehow I didn't get one. I thought the crew was very accommodating and helpful
Cons:The delay because of problems with loading the baggage got us to JFK late. And that was just on the plane after we had to stand in the longest line before boarding. I also couldn't really enjoy the entertainment (e.g. movies or music) because the headset didn't fit well into the arm of the seat. I could only hear voices when I held the headset cord in one position, and it was difficulty keeping it in that position for an entire movie.
8.0 Very Good
Pros:Courteous crew
Cons:Entertainment console only partially working. Toilet vacant/occupied indicator not working fully.
9.3 Wonderful
Pros:Crew was really awesome
Cons:More information regarding seating preferences
7.3 Good
Pros:This was a quick flight and similar to domestic flights in the US.

South African flight status

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South African route map – Which destinations does South African fly to?

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All South African flight routes

Flight no.Departure airportArrival AirportDurationSunMonTueWedThuFriSat
23Harare (HRE)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 40m
22Johannesburg (JNB)Harare (HRE)1h 35m
572Durban (DUR)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 5m
62Johannesburg (JNB)Lusaka (LUN)1h 55m
63Lusaka (LUN)Johannesburg (JNB)2h 0m
59Kinshasa (FIH)Johannesburg (JNB)3h 50m
58Johannesburg (JNB)Kinshasa (FIH)3h 50m
60Johannesburg (JNB)Lagos (LOS)6h 0m
61Lagos (LOS)Johannesburg (JNB)5h 55m
308Cape Town (CPT)Johannesburg (JNB)2h 0m
76Johannesburg (JNB)Windhoek (WDH)1h 55m
77Windhoek (WDH)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 45m
571Johannesburg (JNB)Durban (DUR)1h 5m
419Johannesburg (JNB)Port Elizabeth (PLZ)1h 35m
422Port Elizabeth (PLZ)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 35m
369Johannesburg (JNB)Cape Town (CPT)2h 5m
40Johannesburg (JNB)Victoria Falls (VFA)1h 35m
41Victoria Falls (VFA)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 40m
190Johannesburg (JNB)Port Louis (MRU)4h 0m
191Port Louis (MRU)Johannesburg (JNB)4h 25m
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Overview of South African

SAA codeshares with many other airlines, including LAM Mozambique Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, and United Airlines, meaning they often take turns servicing one another’s flights. If you will be flying within South Africa, your flight may also be serviced by Mango Airlines, as this company is owned by SAA and is often used for shorter trips.

This airline is known for having its primary hub in Johannesburg, but it also services flights to over 35 destinations in the world. While many of the company’s destinations are located in African countries, such as Namibia and Zimbabwe, you can also fly to Europe, Asia, and South America, with some country examples being the United Arab Emirates, England, and Thailand.

For those flying with SAA, there are two primary classes to choose from, including Economy and Business. Economy is the most popular option and offers basic amenities and services, including entertainment, a blanket, and a pillow, while Business provides a more luxurious experience that gives travelers access to comfortable chairs, more leg room, and a welcome pack that includes items such as headphones.

Out of the many types of aircrafts that the company uses in its fleet, almost all of them are Airbus. While the Airbus A340-600 is one of the largest choices that is used and can fit over 300 passengers, the Airbus A320-200 is the most commonly employed option by the airline and is best for shorter flights, with its maximum capacity being 138 passengers and crew members.

South African information

Top routeCape Town to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport
Airports served15
Top airportJohannesburg OR Tambo

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