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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 Johannesburg to Durban, with a price of AED 264 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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6.3 Okay
Cons:Entertainment system had to be re-booted and when they got it working, my system would not work in my seat at all. Made for a very long and miserable flight home.
5.6 Fair
Pros:The crew and food
Cons:It's time to put more padding on those seats. Eleven hours on seat cushions that have no give plays havoc with the back and butt.
7.2 Good
Pros:Good space and legroom.
Cons:Option to get more food would have been better since I just got off a long flight. Tray for food and laptop was broken.
8.6 Very Good
Pros:Service onboard is excellent, was greeted in a well friendly manner by staff
Cons:Food can do with an improvement. Hot food onboard will be nicer.
7.6 Good
Pros:- Responsive and friendly attendants - Clean aircraft
Cons:- Screaming baby - Not allowed to bring bottled water on flight - Lack of entertainment system
9.0 Wonderful
Pros:Amazing crew
5.6 Fair
Pros:Food was fair
Cons:Seats too narrow ..
2.0 Poor
Cons:Now I am seriously delayed to my destination
10.0 Wonderful
Pros:direct flight
8.3 Very Good
Pros:Enjoyed the fish served for lunch. Flight was perfect, thanks SAA!

South African flight status

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

Find out which destinations you can fly to direct with South African by entering your departure airport. If you want to know whether South African flies a certain route, enter both the departure and destination airport before hitting search.
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All South African flight routes

Flight no.Departure airportArrival AirportDurationSunMonTueWedThuFriSat
372Cape Town (CPT)Johannesburg (JNB)2h 0m
22Johannesburg (JNB)Harare (HRE)1h 35m
41Victoria Falls (VFA)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 40m
62Johannesburg (JNB)Lusaka (LUN)2h 0m
63Lusaka (LUN)Johannesburg (JNB)2h 0m
23Harare (HRE)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 40m
572Durban (DUR)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 5m
555Johannesburg (JNB)Durban (DUR)1h 5m
40Johannesburg (JNB)Victoria Falls (VFA)1h 35m
56Johannesburg (JNB)Accra (ACC)6h 5m
57Abidjan (ABJ)Accra (ACC)1h 5m
57Accra (ACC)Johannesburg (JNB)5h 50m
56Accra (ACC)Abidjan (ABJ)1h 0m
60Johannesburg (JNB)Lagos (LOS)6h 10m
357Johannesburg (JNB)Cape Town (CPT)2h 10m
191Port Louis (MRU)Johannesburg (JNB)4h 25m
190Johannesburg (JNB)Port Louis (MRU)4h 0m
75Windhoek (WDH)Johannesburg (JNB)1h 45m
74Johannesburg (JNB)Windhoek (WDH)1h 55m
59Kinshasa (FIH)Johannesburg (JNB)3h 50m
61Lagos (LOS)Johannesburg (JNB)5h 55m
58Johannesburg (JNB)Kinshasa (FIH)3h 50m
281Perth (PER)Johannesburg (JNB)10h 55m
280Johannesburg (JNB)Perth (PER)9h 25m
222Johannesburg (JNB)Sao Paulo (GRU)10h 30m
223Sao Paulo (GRU)Johannesburg (JNB)8h 50m
227Sao Paulo (GRU)Cape Town (CPT)7h 20m
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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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