SA Airlink Regulations


SA Airlink Carriage of Firearms

Important information received from SA Airlink regarding Sport Equipment:

The following important Need-to-Knows about Sport Equipment has been received from SA Airlink and members are urged to take note of this.

Sporting Equipment
Sportsmen or women travelling individually or in groups will be permitted to include their sporting equipment in the free baggage allowance applicable to the class in which they will travel. The airline will not accept liability for damage to such articles if they are not suitably packed. Sporting equipment in excess of the applicable free baggage allowance will be charged in accordance with the current baggage policy.

The Sporting equipment classified below will attract an additional Free Baggage Allowance of 15kg per passenger. To ensure acceptance of such at the airport, a facility is offered whereby this may be pre-booked as a Special Service Requirement in respect of Sports Equipment (SSR SPEQ) through your travel agent or through the AIRLINK Reservations Help-Desk on Tel + 27 11 451 7350. (The additional free 20kgs for sporting equipment is valid on South African Airways flights only)

  • Scuba diving equipment. Diving cylinders must be empty and hung upside down with the valve open for 24 hours prior to departure.
  • Cricket equipment. (Restricted to 1 Cricket Coffin per passenger on Airlink Flights)
  • (Exception – on Aircraft Type J41 only allow maximum of 4 Cricket Coffins per flight)
  • Polo Mallets and Hockey Sticks.
  • Hiking equipment.
  • Bowling woods/equipment.
  • Snow or Water Skis provided such does not exceed does not exceed 2m in length.
  • Surf or Kite Boards provided such does not exceed 2m in length.
  • Hunting equipment / trophies.
  • Golfing equipment. (Restricted to 1 Golf Bag per passenger on Airlink Flights)
  • (Exception – on Aircraft Type J41 only allow maximum of 4 Golf Bags per flight)
  • Bicycle. (Restricted to 2 Bicycles on Airlink Flights)
  • Angling equipment – fishing rods must be packed in protective cylinders not exceeding 2m in length.

N.B Sporting Equipment NOT specified above must be included in your free baggage allowance; if the free baggage allowance is exceeded the normal applicable excess baggage rate will apply.

Firearms and Ammunition (Subject to arrangement with Airlink prior to departure)
South African Laws prohibit the carriage of firearms and ammunition in checked or cabin baggage of a passenger, these firearms and ammunition must be produced to security staff for the correct handling. A maximum weight of 5kg of ammunition may be transported. As of 01 November 2007, no hand weapons (small-arms, handguns i.e. pistols/revolvers) will be accepted or may be transported on any Airlink aircraft. However, hunting rifles, shotguns and hunting handguns may be transported as checked baggage but only to and from the following destinations:

  • OR Tambo International, Johannesburg
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Port Elizabeth
  • East London
  • Bloemfontein
  • Polokwane
  • Phalaborwa
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit
  • Upington
  • Kimberley (Approximately ZAR200 for loading and ZAR200 off loading per hunting rifle and shotgun) no fee to be paid for service at CPT, only in KIM
  • Umtata
  • Bulawayo
  • Harare
  • Lusaka
  • Ndola
  • Maputo
  • Beira
  • Pemba
  • Antananarivo
  • Manzini
  • Maseru
  • Tete
  • Nampula
  • Maun

Rifles and shotguns will not be accepted as Checked Baggage, unless approved no less than three (3) working days before your flight through AIRLINK Reservations Control Tel +27 11 451 7350. Rifles must be unloaded with the safety catch on, and suitably packed and accompanied by all documents legally required by the countries of departure, destination and any stopovers. Only five (5) kilogram of ammunition is allowed per Passenger. Ammunition will never be carried in the cabin or flight deck of the aircraft. Ammunition must be packed separately and securely from the fire-arm case.

Weapons such as, antique firearms, swords, knives, toy or replica guns, bows and arrows and similar items may be accepted as Checked Baggage only at the airline's discretion, subject to prior approval and will not be permitted in the cabin or flight deck of the aircraft.

AIRLINK will have no liability or responsibility where any item accepted is removed from Checked Baggage and/or retained or destroyed by security personnel, government officials, airport officials, police or military officials or other airlines involved in the carriage of a Passenger.

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