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Baggage Policy

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There are varying weight and size restrictions on baggage for flights with LIFT Airline. Passengers are allowed to bring carry-on and checked baggage.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers are allowed one piece of hand luggage. The total dimensions must not exceed 115cm (56cm (L)+ 36cm (W)+ 23cm (H)) and must not exceed the weight of 7 kg.

Passengers are also allowed an additional personal item, such as a small handbag and/or laptop in addition to the one piece of hand luggage allowed.

Checked Baggage

Each piece of checked baggage must not exceed 23kg, and must not exceed the maximum dimensions of 208cm (90cm (L) + 75cm (W) + 43cm (H). Please be aware that any bag that weighs more than 23kg may be subject to a 'heavy bag' fee at the airport.

Checked baggage is not included in the price of the ticket, and must be purchased prior to departure. You can easily add the amount of checked bags you'll need to your reservation during the booking process. Extra checked baggage can be purchased up to 24 hours prior to departure, either online or at the airport.

Cabin Classes

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LIFT flies with 1 cabin class — Economy Class. The airline's goal is to offer an affordable way to fly, with a focus on customer experience.

Economy Class

Economy Class

The airline provides a high-quality service, but at affordable prices, aimed at locals who want to explore South Africa. As a low-cost airline dedicated to making air travel as affordable as possible for all, Economy is the only cabin class available.


All passengers have a fully flexible ticket, which means they will be able to change their flight as many times as they want to without fees being incurred. During the flight, coffee is complimentary and served to all passengers.

What are Seats Like?

The airline only offers an Economy Class cabin, which features a newly furbished cabin, which is bright and spacious. There is plenty of storage in the overhead compartments and under the seats.

Food & Drink

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Due to the short flying times, there's no full meal service on LIFT flights. However, the airline does offer a range of complimentary snacks and drinks on all flights.

Passengers who catch a morning flight can enjoy a choice of drinks — 'proper coffee', provided by Vida e Caffè, hot chocolate, tea and juice and water. Plus, passengers can choose between Rusks and Jungle Oats for a snack.

On afternoon flights, gin, wine, hot drinks, juice, water and a light snack will be offered for passengers to choose from. On select flights, the airline offers wine tasting with a selection of wines from South Africa’s top wineries.

*In-flight snacks and drinks may be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.


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With LIFT Airline, you can check-in online or at the airport. Keep reading to find out when online and airport check-in is available for your flight.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is available through the LIFT online check-in page. To check-in, passengers must enter their booking reference and surname.

Airport Check-in

For domestic flights: Check-in desks will open 2 hours before scheduled departure.

For international flights: Check-in desks will open 2 hours before scheduled departure.

Check-in desks close 45 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

Passengers will need to arrive at the boarding gate 30 minutes prior to departure.

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Destinations that LIFT flies to

LIFT offers domestic flights within South Africa - click on the button below to find out all the destinations LIFT flies to.

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Frequently asked questions

Why fly with LIFT?

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LIFT is a great airline to fly with if you're looking for domestic flights within South Africa to some of the countries most popular destinations. Unlike most airlines, LIFT's flight schedule is flexible and is determined by the most popular routes. This means that its schedule regularly changes based on where people want to fly. Although it's always based in Johannesburg, it offers flight connections all throughout the country and is a good choice for domestic flights if you live within the area or you're flying in from an international destination.

How can I check where LIFT is flying to?

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To see the latest destinations that LIFT is flying to, check our destinations section on this page. We keep it as up-to-date as possible but, as LIFT is changing its flight schedule more often than most airlines, there might be destinations missing. Most LIFT flights depart from Johannesburg, so, another way to check if LIFT is offering flights for the route that you're looking for is by using our search form at the top of the page and searching any domestic route that departs from Johannesburg. Even if LIFT Airline doesn't fly that route, we offer a wide selection of South African airlines at Alternative Airlines and are sure to have flight options for your route.

Is LIFT flying?

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Yes, LIFT is currently flying. Lift is a new airline, which began flying in December 2020. As well as Lift, Alternative Airlines offers lots of other options for flying in and around South Africa, including South Africa Airways, Ethiopian, and Kenya Airways.

Can I book LIFT flights online?

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Yes, you can book LIFT Airline flights through Alternative Airlines. We're an Online Travel Agent (OTA) that makes it easy to book flights around the world in English, with our expert customer service team on hand to help. We ticket over 600 global airlines, including LIFT.

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