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 a free 7kg carry on bag. This bag should not be more than 56 x 36 x 23cm. Regulations allow for you to take two pieces on board with you, the combined weight of which should not be more than 7kg. Thus you could take a handbag and small suitcase, or a small suitcase and a slimline laptop bag, for example.
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 (which is 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 ensure that you are familiar with our luggage policy surround 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 simply 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.
Extra suitcases can also be purchased either online or at the airport for R250. Again these allow you to take another single item weighing no more than 20kgs.
We will require passengers to check hand luggage that is overweight or which contains items that are permitted in checked-luggage but not hand luggage. This will cost R250 at the airport.
Overweight checked in suitcases will be charged a penalty of R250 per item at the airport. Bags may not exceed 32kgs.
If you are travelling 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 no one item may be more than 32kg.
What can I pack?
Please ensure that you are familiar with our dangerous goods policy to ensure that you do not pack any items that will be refused onto the aircraft.
When travelling domestically in South Africa you are permitted to take liquids with you as part of your hand luggage, but please keep in mind that the ACSA security staff will have final say on what is allowed into the departures hall. Generally speaking this allows passengers to carry toiletries in their hand luggage, but please not that an excessive amounts 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 please note that no guns, toy guns or replicas of any weapon will be allowed on board the aircraft at all.
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 should you have any questions relating to a specific item.