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About South African Express

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 marzo 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.


South African Express Destinations

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 and Sun City), Zambia (Lusaka) and Zimbabwe (Harare and Bulawayo).


South African Express Fleet

The South African Express fleet includes nineBombardier CRJ200ER, two Bombardier CRJ701ER, ten Bombardier Dash 8-q400, one Fokker 70, one Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, two Boeing 737-31L and Boeing 737-500 aircraft.


South African Express Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

South African Express permits passengers to carry one peice of hand baggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. The item must not exceed 115 linear cm. 

Checked Baggage

The free baggage allowance for South African Express passengers is 20kg for Adults, 20kg for children and 10kg for infants. Any luggage exceeding 32kg will not be able to be accepted. Life Plat, Plat, Pelt and Gelt passengers are permitted a checked baggage allowance of 30kg. Silv passengers are permitted 10kg.


South African Express Check-in

Online Check-in

Although online check-in is not available for South African Express flights, passengers can use self check-in kiosks at the airport.

Airport Check-in

South African Express passengers should arrive for check-in at least two and a half hours before regional flights. For domestic flights, passengers should arrive at least one and a half hours before scheduled departure. The check-in desk closes 50 minutes before departure for regional flights and 30 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights. 


South African Express Hub Airport

O.R Tambo International Airport

South African Express is based at O.R Tambo International Airport (formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport) which 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.

Tambo International Airport South Africa


South African Express News

21 junio 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. 

31 mayo 2018

South African Express expects to start operating flights again by junio 2018

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