Get ready for new airline baggage rules in SA

The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) will on Monday (2 February) implement new hand luggage restrictions which will impact all airlines and travelers.

The new baggage laws will allow for:

  • One bag plus one slimline laptop bag per economy class passenger
  • Two bags plus slimline laptop bag per business/first class passenger
  • No bag should exceed these dimensions: 56cm + 36cm + 23cm (total dimensions of 115cm)
  • Weight limit per bag: 7kg

Acsa warned that any passengers who exceed the hand baggage limits will be subject to the specific airline’s excess baggage rules.

Mango, the state-owned low-cost airline, and subsidiary of South African Airways, said it will not be penalising travellers for additional bags that have to be checked in as a consequence of the new regulation as it does not charge per piece of baggage within its 20kg allowance.

Passengers using other low cost airlines such as Kulula and FlySafair however, would need to be aware of the additional costs they could incur.

Kulula allows one free checked bag weighing up to 20kg and one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg. Additional bags require passengers to pay between R245 (Online) or R350 (at the airport).

While FlySafair tickets include a hand luggage quota, checked in baggage fees start at R150 for the first bag and R250 for a second bag.

SAA said in a statement that it has an “exemption from SACAA and SAA customers may take cabin baggage weighing up to 8kg”.

“However, the number of pieces and sizes must be adhered to. No bag should exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (total dimensions of 115cm) or weigh more than 8kg per bag,” the airline said.

Mango spokesperson Hein Kaiser said that passengers should anticipate some delays in the check-in and security processes at all airports due to congestion during the initial implementation period.

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