This article is intended to help passengers with any information that you might have about packing and what you may and may not bring aboard the aircraft.
How many bags you can bring
Please make sure that you read our luggage policy.
Your fare comes with two free carry-on bags.
The larger of the two should not be more than 56 x 36 x 23cm and should not weigh more than 7kg. This bag must fit in the storage compartment in the cabin. The smaller of the two should be at the most 40cm x 15cm x 20cm and must fit under the seat in front of you.
Please note: Over-sized carry-on bags will attract a fine at the boarding gate.
Read the luggage policy for information on these sizes.
If you choose to purchase a checked-in bag (included in the Standard Fare or an optional extra if you choose the Lite Fare) you will be permitted to check in one suitcase that weighs no more than 20kg. Please make sure that you are familiar with our luggage policy about the weights and size limitations of this item, and please keep in mind that this allowance is for one item only.
Handy tip: Here's a simple way to find the weight of your suitcase if you don't have a luggage scale. Take a bathroom scale and weigh yourself. Then, step off the scale, pick up your suitcase and weigh yourself while holding your suitcase. Subtract your weight from the weight of you and your suitcase, and you will have the weight of your bag.
An extra suitcase can also be purchased online for R250 or for R350 at the airport. If done at the airport, you may be charged a R200 transactional fee. An extra checked-in bag must weigh at most 20kgs.
We will require passengers to check hand luggage that is overweight or contains items that are permitted in checked luggage but not hand luggage. This will cost R250 per bag at the airport.
Overweight checked-in suitcases will be charged a penalty of R250 per bag at the airport. Bags may be at most 32kgs.
If you travel with two pieces of checked luggage, your total luggage allowance will be 40kg. You can split this up into a 32kg bag and an 8kg bag without penalty, but one of these items may be at most 32kg.
What can I pack?
Please ensure that you are familiar with our dangerous goods policy to ensure that you don't pack any items that will be refused onto the aircraft.
Travelling domestically in South Africa, you can take liquids as part of your hand luggage. Please remember that the ACSA security staff will have the final say on what is allowed into the departure hall. Generally speaking, this allows passengers to carry toiletries in their hand luggage, but please note that an excessive amount of a particular item may draw concern from the security teams.
Sharp items like sewing kits, scissors, nail files, nail clippers, knitting needles and medical needles are not allowed on board as hand luggage but can be transported as checked-in luggage.
Also, just so you know, no guns, toy guns or replicas of any weapon will be allowed on board the aircraft.
For more information on specialised medical equipment, please read these articles:
- Oxygen Tanks, Generators, and Concentrators
- Information for Diabetic Passengers
- Service Animals
- Sports equipment
Hopefully, this gives you insight into what you can pack. Please feel free to contact our call centre or ask any of our airport staff if you have any questions relating to a specific item.