South African Airlines

South African Airlines

South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, with headquarters in Airways Park on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

South African Airways was founded in 1934 after the acquisition of Union Airways by the South African government.SAA owns Mango, a low cost domestic airline, and has established links with Airlink and South African Express.


  • Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • George
  • Bloemfontein
  • East London
  • Hoedspruit
  • Kimberley
  • Mthatha
  • Nelspruit
  • Phalaborwa
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Polokwane
  • Port Elizabeth
  • Richards Bay
  • Upington
  • Useful South African Airlines information

    Check In

    Online Check In

    South African Airways is pleased to offer our internet check-in service - a simpler, smarter and faster way to check in. Select or change your seat, and print your boarding pass between 24 hours and 2 hours prior to flight departure.

    Moblie Check In

    Mobile check-in saves time at the airport by allowing you to check in from your internet-enabled phone. Using your mobile phone, go to m.flysaa.com and: Submit your e-ticket number or booking reference at the check-in screen, Download your online boarding pass On arrival at the airport, show your online boarding pass to security for scanning. Avoid airport queues and print your own boarding pass with our self check-in kiosks. These user-friendly touchscreen devices allow you to select your seat and print your boarding pass within seconds. This check-in option is available to all passengers with confirmed tickets on South African Airways. All self check-in kiosks close 90 minutes before flight departure time. These touchscreen kiosks are available at the following airports: O.R. Tambo: Domestic and international departures Durban: Domestic departures only Cape Town: Domestic and international departures Port Elizabeth: Domestic departures only


    Economy class

    One piece with 23kg (50lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches)

    Business class

    Two pieces with 32kg (70lb) and maximum dimensions of 158cm (62inches) per piece