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South African Express (SA Express) is a domestic and regional, state-owned airline based in South Africa.


The airline was founded in 1994 and its hub is O.R Tambo International Airport. SA Express flight services are incorporated with South African Airways and are an affiliate of Star Alliance. SA Express has a significant role in South Africa’s travel and tourism industry as it prides itself in playing in contributing to the country’s socio-economic development.


SA Express provides an onboard service of snacks and meals on all its flights.


In March 2017, SA Express and Ehtiopian Airlines expanded their code-share service agreement by adding flight services to Cape Town, Durban and Toronto. Additional to this, a direct service has been added between Addis Abbaba to both Cape Town and Durban.






Botswana (Gaberone)

Democratic Republic of Congo (Lubumbashi)

Nambibia (Walvis Bay)

South Africa (Bloemfontein; Cape Town; Durban; East London; George; Hoedspruit; Johannesburg; Kimberley; Mahikeng; Port Elizabeth; Richards Bay; Sun City)

Zambia (Lusaka)

Zimbabwe (Harare; Bulawayo)





9 Bombardier CRJ200ER

2 Bombardier CRJ701ER

10 Bombardier Dash 8-q400

1 Fokker 70

1 Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia

2 Boeing 737-31L

Boeing 737-500





SA Express allows 1 piece of cabin baggage on board and not exceeding dimensions of 115cm and 7kg in weight.



O.R Tambo International Airport


O.R Tambo International Airport (formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport) is a major international airport in Kempton Park in South Africa. The airport is located near Johannesburg and serves as the main airport for domestic and international travel to and from South Africa. The airport also serves as the location for the South African Airways museum, as originally 2 fans began collecting memorabilia there in 1987. The museum is now located in Rand Airport.




21st June 2018

Mango Airlines, SA Express and South African Airways will merge into one airline

Mango Airlines, SA Express and South African Airways will all join forces by order of the state and operate as one airline. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that the state has realised that having each airline run independently isn't the way to offer the people of South Africa the best air travel options possible, which is something that has always been a priority. The Public Enterprises Minister continued that by having all three airlines under one umbrella, it will be much easier to manage and the state can really focus on giving South Africa the most convenient and in demand flights that it can.


As of now, there is no preliminary date for the merger or any decision on the name that the three airlines will operate as. 




31st May 2018

Acting Chief Executive Matsietsi Mokholo has announced that South African Express expects to start operating flights again by 23rd June 2018. The airline was temporarily suspended after the South African Civil Aviation stripped the airline's Air Operator's Certificate on 24th May 2018. 


In a recent statement posted on social media, Mokholo said "We have premised our intended course of immediate and medium-term actions on the intention to recover flight operations, stabilise the airline and financial position and reform of the company, as soon as possible," she said. "The intent is to ensure that the airline addresses the findings of the SACAA within the prescribed 30 days, followed by the review and auditing by the SACAA of the Corrective Action Plans (CAPs)."




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