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Air Botswana was founded in 1972 and is Botswana's state-owned national flag carrier. The airline operates scheduled domestic and regional flights from its main base at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. It also operates a small number of international flights, flying to countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

The national carrier of Botswana is committed to continuing to provide world-class services to domestic travellers, as well as visitors who come in increasing numbers to discover the outstanding natural beauty of the country, as well as to do business in a vibrant economy.

Top Tip: The airline flies you to popular safari destinations such as Chobe National Park. To find out more about flying to safari tours, and about other airlines operating flights to popular parks, visit our guide here.

Baggage Policy

Air Botswana has a different baggage policy for carry-on and checked baggage policy.

Carry-on Baggage

Air Botswana operates an all economy cabin, and allows 23kg of checked baggage per passenger.

Infants not occupying a seat are entitled to a free luggage allowance of 10kg.

Checked Baggage

Air Botswana accepts only one piece of hand luggage per customer. There is a weight limit of 7 kg for carry-on baggage.

Cabin Classes

Air Botswana Economy Class is the airline's only cabin class.

Economy Class

Economy Class Facilities

Passengers can order food, as well as hot and cold drinks from the airline's inflight menu. On certain aircraft, passengers will be given access to the airlines' inflight entertainment system, where they can watch a range of videos.

What Are Economy Class Seats Like?

Economy Class seats can range from 40—over 160 seats in the cabin, depending on the aircraft and route flown. Seats are set out in either a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 formation. The cabin is designed to give each passenger a spacious and comfortable journey.


Air Botswana passengers must check in at the airport since the airline doesn't offer online check in.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is not currently available.

Airport Check-in

Domestic flights: For a domestic flight, passengers should check in at the Air Botswana counters at least one hour before the scheduled departure. Check-in counters close 30 minutes before scheduled departure.

International flights: For international flights, passengers should check in at least one hour before scheduled departure time.

Frequent Flyer Program

Air Botswana has a frequent flyer program called Teemane Club.

Teemane Club

Air Botswana’s loyalty club, Teemane Club, is all about rewarding and thanking passengers for their loyalty. Passengers can earn miles from every available seat on every Air Botswana ticketed and operated flight. Make sure you select 'Teemane Club' as your chosen loyalty programme during the booking process. There are 4 tiers within the Teemane Club membership:

Members who register for the club are expected to fly with Air Botswana at least 3 times before being issued a permanent Blue Card. Blue Card holders will receive discounts with selected partner merchants.

To reach Silver Card status, the Blue Card member must fly at least 8000 miles in a year. The Silver Card holder must travel at least 5000 miles in a year with Air Botswana to maintain the Silver Card status. To upgrade to Gold Card status, the Silver Card holder must have travelled at least 15,000 miles in a year. This particular tier grants members a 5kg extra baggage allowance.

The Gold Card allows members access to lounges at Sir Seretse International Airport and ORT International Airport, priority check-in counters, 10kg excess baggage allowance, 50% more miles for every flight booked and some extra gifts to show the airline's appreciation!

There is little information on how to reach Diamond Card status - please check with the airline for more information.

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Destinations that Air Botswana flies to

With its primary hub at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, the airline runs regular domestic and regional flights. It also runs a small number of international flights, with destinations like Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Alternatives to Air Botswana

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Hub Airport

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport

The airline is based at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (IATA: GBE), which is located 9 mi north of downtown Gaborone, the main international airport of the capital city of Botswana. The airport handles both domestic and international traffic. Other airlines to fly to GBE include Airlink, Air Namibia, Ethiopian Airlines, and Qatar Airways.

Air Botswana also has a hub at Maun International Airport - another airline that flies to/from this airport is Mack Air.


The airline’s fleet includes ATR aircraft, which are popular regional airliners with a capacity of 47 to 70 passengers.

  • ATR 42-500
  • Avro RJ85
  • ATR 72-500
  • BAe 146-100

Pets, Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

All rules and regulations on travelling with a service animal, pet, or an emotional support animal, on Air Botswana flights. All the information on Alternative Airlines needed for flying with an animal on a plane.