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)
A maximum weight of 5kg of ammunition may be transported.

Updated: 5 September 2014:

Hunting rifles, shotguns and hunting handguns may be transported as checked baggage but only to and from the following destinations:
•    Antananarivo, Madagaskar
•    Beira, Mozambique
•    Bloemfontein
•    Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
•    Cape Town
•    Durban
•    East London
•    Gabarone, Botswana
•    Harare, Zimbabwe
•    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
•    Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Nelspruit
•    Lusaka, Zambia
•    Manzini, Swaziland
•    Maputo, Mozambique
•    Maseru, Lesotho
•    Maun, Botswana
•    Mthatha, Eastern Cape
•    Nampula, Mozambique
•    Ndola, Zambia
•    OR Tambo International, Johannesburg
•    Pemba, Mozambique
•    Phalaborwa
•    Pietermaritzburg
•    Polokwane
•    Port Elizabeth
•    Richards Bay
•    Tete, Mozambique
•    Upington

Passengers should also check on carrier policies as information might change without prior notice.

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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Airlink, to, commence, Cape, Town, Windhoek, flights, 6, October, 2014:

Airlink is pleased to announce that it will be re-introducing the SAA code to scheduled flights operating between Cape Town International and Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport on Monday 6 October 2014.
Airlink will offer a twice daily return service to Windhoek with morning flights departing Cape Town at 06:45 arr Windhoek at 08:50, then departing Windhoek at 09:20 arriving Cape Town at 11:25. Afternoon flights depart Cape Town at 15:00 arriving Windhoek 17:05 returning from Windhoek at 18:00 arriving Cape Town at 20:05. These flights operate Monday to Friday with a further morning service on Saturdays and an afternoon service on Sundays.  Flights operate on 37 seat Embraer 135 Regional Jet Aircraft.
The re-introduction of flights on this route is exciting for Airlink as it has in the past operated this route very successfully, providing a same day return service for businessman as well as connecting flights for international visitors.
The timing of the flights also accommodate the leisure self drive market visiting Etosha National Park in northwestern Nambia and the Sossusvlei located in the southern part of the Namib desert amongst others.
Through our alliance with SAA, consumers can enjoy convenient connections with SAA, their Star Alliance Partner airlines and other carriers throughout Southern Africa and the world and earn double voyager miles from 6 October 2014 to 30 November 2014, terms and conditions apply.
With more than 21 years of customer focused experience along with the widest network and choice of flights, you get where you want to be, when you want to be there.
Book direct on or contact your booking agent or SAA Central Reservations.