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South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier of South Africa with its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, Gauteng, South Africa. The airline is a member of Star Alliance and also has codeshare agreements with Air China, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Asiana Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Saudia. South African Airways offers flights to safari parks such as Kruger National park, find out more about safari flights here


South African Airways flies to many destinations including Abidjan, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Alexander Bay, Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Blantyre, Bloemfontein, Brazzaville, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Dakar, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe, East London, Frankfurt, Francistown, Gaborone, Hamburg, Harare, Mahe, Madrid, Miami, Mumbai, Munich, Nairobi and many others.

Angola Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro Airport
Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Australia Melbourne Melbourne Airport
Australia Perth Perth Airport
Australia Sydney Sydney Airport
Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport
Benin Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport
Botswana Francistown Francistown Airport
Botswana Gaborone Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
Botswana Selebi-Phikwe Selebi-Phikwe Airport
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport
Brazil São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport
Burundi Bujumbura Bujumbura International Airport
Cameroon Douala Douala International Airport
Cape Verde Sal Amílcar Cabral International Airport
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa N'djili Airport
Denmark Copenhagen Copenhagen Airport
Eswatini Manzini Matsapha Airport
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Gabon Libreville Libreville International Airport
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Germany Munich Munich Airport
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport
Greece Athens Ellinikon International Airport
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport
Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Ivory Coast Abidjan Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport
Japan Osaka Kansai International Airport
Kenya Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Lesotho Maseru Moshoeshoe I International Airport
Luxembourg Luxembourg City Luxembourg Findel Airport
Malawi Blantyre Chileka International Airport
Malawi Lilongwe Lilongwe International Airport
Mauritius Port Louis Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Mozambique Maputo Maputo International Airport
Namibia Keetmanshoop Keetmanshoop Airport
Namibia Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Nigeria Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Nigeria Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Portugal Lisbon Lisbon Portela Airport
Republic of the Congo Brazzaville Maya-Maya Airport
Republic of the Congo Pointe-Noire Pointe-Noire Airport
Rwanda Kigali Kigali International Airport
Réunion Saint-Denis Roland Garros Airport
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport
Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport Terminated
Seychelles Mahé Seychelles International Airport
South Africa Alexander Bay Alexander Bay Airport
South Africa Bloemfontein Bloemfontein Airport
South Africa Cape Town Cape Town International Airport
South Africa Durban King Shaka International Airport
South Africa East London East London Airport
South Africa George George Airport
South Africa Hoedspruit Hoedspruit Airport
South Africa Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport
South Africa Kimberley Kimberley Airport
South Africa Margate Margate Airport
South Africa Mmabatho Mahikeng Airport
South Africa Nelspruit Nelspruit Airport
South Africa Phalaborwa Hendrik Van Eck Airport
South Africa Pietermaritzburg Pietermaritzburg Airport
South Africa Pietersburg AFB Pietersburg
South Africa Plettenberg Bay Plettenberg Bay Airport
South Africa Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth International Airport
South Africa Richards Bay Richards Bay Airport
South Africa Skukuza Skukuza Airport
South Africa Sun City Pilanesberg International Airport
South Africa Ulundi Ulundi Airport
South Africa Umtata Mthatha Airport
South Africa Upington Upington Airport
Spain Las Palmas Gran Canaria Airport
Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
Switzerland Zürich Zürich Airport
Taiwan Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport
Uganda Entebbe Entebbe International Airport
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport
United Kingdom London London Heathrow International Airport
United States Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport
United States Miami Miami International Airport
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport
United States Washington, D.C. Washington Dulles International Airport
Zambia Livingstone Livingstone Airport
Zambia Lusaka Lusaka International Airport
Zambia Ndola Ndola Airport
Zimbabwe Bulawayo Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport
Zimbabwe Harare Harare International Airport
Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Victoria Falls Airport

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Baggage Allowance

Carry-on baggage

All passengers are allowed to bring carry-on baggage onboard the aircraft as long as it does not exceed 8kg and 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (L x W x H). One personal item is also allowed onboard for every passenger.

Economy class passengers are allowed one hand baggage whereas business class passengers are allowed to have two baggage.

Checked baggage

Economy class passengers are entitled to one baggage that weighs less than 23kg. Business class passengers are allowed to check-in two pieces of baggage that do not weigh over 32kg.

The sum of the three dimensions of the checked baggage should not exceed 158cm.


Economy Class

Short-haul economy class has comfortable seats and adjustable headrests. Overhead entertainment screens are available for passengers as well as well-designed seats.

Long-haul economy seats are equipped with personal 10-inch screens and USB ports.

Business Class

Short-haul business class seats have USB and laptop charging points available with plenty of legrooms available.

Long-haul business class seats are equipped with power outlets and flat bed available.

In-Flight Entertainment

In flight entertainment is available on most aircraft. It has the latest movies, TV shows and documentaries available onboard.

Food and Beverage

All passengers will receive free meals or snacks and drinks onboard, this depends on the duration of the flight.

Special Meals

If you have food allegy or any dietary requirements, please order online 48 hours before scheduled departure time. Kosher meals will need to be ordered 72 hours prior to scheduled departure time.


There are no Wi-Fi onboard the aircraft.


Online Check-in

Online check-in for flights opens 24 hours before flight departure time and closes 90 minutes before flight departure time on domestic flights and 120 minutes before international flights. You can check-in online by entering your flight details on the South African Airways online check-in page

Check-in at the airport

The airline recommends checking in 90 minutes before flight departure time for domestic flights, two and a half hours before for international flights and three hours before for flights from Johannesburg to the US.

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline offers regular passengers with the airline a frequent flyer programme, Voyager, to reward travellers whereby they can redeem miles on a choice of flights, upgrades and car rental.

SAA is the official airline of the Association of Tennis Professionals. SAA owns Mango, a low cost domestic airline, and has established links with Airlink and South African Express. It currently operates as a member of the Star Alliance.


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A320-200 8 /
A330-200 3 /
A330-300 5 /
A340-300 3 /
A340-600 1 /
A350-900 4 /

Hub Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport

O.R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa and is the hub airport for South African Airways.

The airport has two runways and handled more than 20 million passengers every year. Other airlines which fly to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport include Air Botswana, Air China, Air France, Air Seychelles, EgyptAir, EL Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, Kulula, Singapore Airlines and Saudia. This airport is also featured on our best airports for shopping blog, be sure to check it out!

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When were South African Airways established?

On the 1st February 1934, the South African Government occupied Union Airways’ assets and liabilities which then helped to establish South African Airways. The airline then became South Africa’s flag carrier.

How much baggage is allowed on South African Airways?

The standard free baggage allowance for Economy Class is 1 piece that does not exceed 23kg. In Business Class the standard free baggage allowance is 2 pieces that do not exceed 32kg per piece. If additional baggage is needed then the airline permits a total of 3 pieces per passenger.

Where does South African Airways fly?

South African Airways travel to more than 5 different international destinations spanning across multiple countries, these include Sydney, Rome, and Abu Dhabi. The airline also serves a number of domestic destinations. If you are struggling with which destination to choose, take a look at our website for a full list of where South African Airways operates.

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