Lift launches ‘luxury’ flight service in South Africa – here’s what it costs

Domestic airline Lift has launched a new luxury option on its route between Johannesburg and Cape Town – Lift Premium.

Lift said that all premium travellers receive unlimited booking changes and will be able to change or cancel their flight right up to one hour before departure without any penalties.

The premium upgrade includes more legroom, wider seating, and a converted middle seat which serves as an additional tray table.

Other features include extra baggage options, a coffee voucher, fast-tracked security, priority boarding and lounge access.

Lift said that the Premium service would officially launch on 10 October 2021.

Bookings between Johannesburg and Cape Town from this date show that a Premium return ticket will cost around R2,850.


Lift competitor Comair has said that it will resume flights in South Africa from 1 September 2021.

The airline, which operates and British Airways (operated by Comair), temporarily halted services on 5 July in response to the adjusted level 4 lockdown.

Comair said it developed new, flexible fare options to meet customers’ differing requirements during the suspension period.

The three bundled affordable offerings will allow customers to pay only for what they need. The new bundles include:

  • Fly Light: A hop-on, hop-off option for those with only cabin bags offering the best possible fares. A change of booking fee of R299 applies.
  • Pack & Go: An all-around option to suit most traveller’s needs, including one piece of checked luggage weighing up to 20kg and two free booking changes.
  • Fully Loaded: A fully flexible option allowing unlimited booking changes, two checked bags and Q-Jump to speed up check-in procedures.

British Airways (operated by Comair) will re-launch its Johannesburg/ Mauritius route operating two flights a week from 30 November. A third flight is planned.

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Lift launches ‘luxury’ flight service in South Africa – here’s what it costs