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Airlink Baggage Allowance Policy & Rules 2024

Published on December 8, 2023

Travel plans are complete with your favorite stuff in your luggage. But, it is difficult for many passengers to carry everything they need. Packaging your luggage is a relatively easy task with Airlink baggage allowance. It offers enough space to take almost everything necessary for your trip. Whether you are traveling on a Business Class or an Economy Class, Airlink has something for everyone. It offers one piece of cabin luggage plus one small laptop bag.

Airlink Hand Baggage Allowance

Airlink allows passengers to carry one cabin luggage and one small laptop bag for Economy Class. Passengers traveling in Business class get two pieces of bag allowance plus one small laptop bag. Airlink baggage allowance for both types is entirely free. Passengers must ensure that the luggage must fit inside the overhead bin or under the seat in front of them. 

Airlink Hand Baggage Allowance

The airline allows passengers to carry overall maximum dimensions for each piece, which must be up to 56 x 36 x 23 cm and weigh not more than 8 kg. Additionally, the airline only allows overall linear dimensions of 115 cm in size.


Here is a list of items that are allowed to carry inside the cabin:

  • One foldable garment bag
  • Overcoat, blanket, or wrap
  • Small Camera, Binoculars
  • Reading stuff
  • Infant food to consume during flight, etc.

Things To Remember:

The airline released some essential guidelines that must be followed in some exceptional conditions:

  • The carry-on items will be carried in the aircraft’s hold if there is no space inside the cabin to accommodate the cabin luggage.
  • There are some exceptions for wheelchairs, and infants carry baskets. 
  • The above list of items must be of limited size that may easily stowed or fit under the seat in front of you. 
  • Passengers with mobility issues can travel in wheelchairs free of charge with a maximum weight of 32 kg.
  • If, in any case, the passenger carries baggage more than the allowed limit, the bags may carried as checked luggage under the checked baggage allowance.
  • All items will be carried free of charge if they fall under the cabin luggage restrictions.
  • Passengers cannot strap cabin luggage into a seat.

Airlink Checked Baggage Allowance

Checked Baggage

Airlink offers impressive checked baggage allowance to the passengers for free. The airline prefers the weight concept over the piece concept. Passengers can carry a maximum of 20 kg of baggage on Economy Class. 

Similarly, Business Class passengers can have 30 kg of baggage weight. Passengers must ensure that the checked baggage weight does not exceed an overall dimension of 90 x 72 x 45 cm for each piece. The total linear size dimension must be up to 207 cm

Bulky Items As Checked Luggage

A passenger carrying a bulky item that exceeds the standard checked baggage size dimension must be at most the maximum dimension of 190 x 75 x 65 cm, which includes a handle and wheels. 

The passenger must pay the excess baggage fees if the bulky item or luggage doesn’t follow and exceeds the free checked baggage allowance. The airline allows passengers to carry any bulky item with a maximum weight of up to 32 kg. Any baggage exceeding the dimension may carried as cargo.

Length (cm)2545
Width (cm)7.572
Height (cm)2590
Weight (kg)1.532

Here is a table below that shows the Free Checked Baggage Allowance under weight concept:

PassengerRouteNo. of BagsWeight
Adults and Children (2 Years and Above)Between South Africa and Ndola, Lusaka, Bulawayo, LuandaNo Limit 40 kg Business Class30 kg Economy Class 
Adults and Children (2 Years and Above)Between South Africa and Harare, excluding the direct flights between Durban and HarareNo Limit40 kg Business Class30 kg Economy Class
Adults and Children (2 Years and Above)Direct flights between Durban and Harare No Limit 30 kg Business Class 20 kg Economy Class
Adults and Children (2 Years and Above)Between Harare, Bulawayo,Lusaka, Ndola, LuandaNo Limit40 kg Business Class 30 kg Economy Class
Adults and Children (2 Years and Above)All other Airlink flightsNo Limit30 kg Business Class 20 kg Economy Class
Infants under 2 YearsAll Airlink flightsNo Limit10 kg plus one collapsible pram or buggy and one infant car seat

Things To Remember: The airline released the guidelines with some exceptions. Check the exceptions below:

  • The passengers can carry a maximum of 30 kg in Economy Class and 40 kg in Business Class for the flight to/from South Africa and Bulawayo/Lusaka/Ndola/Luanda.
  • Passengers traveling between South Africa and Harare can carry 30 kg in Economy Class and 40 Kg in Business Class except in Durban and Harare.
  • However, Durban and Harare passengers can carry a maximum of 20 kg in Economy Class and 30 kg in Business Class.
  • Passengers traveling between Harare, Bulawayo, Lusaka, Ndola, and Luanda can carry a maximum of 30 kg in Economy Class and 40 kg in Business Class. 

Airlink Baggage Allowance for Excess Luggage

Excess Baggage Allowance

Domestic Flights: Passengers traveling with Airlink with excess luggage will have to pay the extra fee. Airlink charges an amount of 35 South African Rand per kilogram, excluding the 15% VAT amount. Check the table below to know the excess baggage charges for all the domestic flights:

FromToCurrencyAmount per KG
JNBMUB (direct)ZAR50.00
ZA (excluding direct flights from JNB)  MUBZAR70.00
DUR/JNB   HRE (direct)ZAR50.00
ZA (excluding direct flight from JNB / DUR)  HREZAR85.00
CPTMPM (direct)ZAR70.00
ZA (excluding direct flights from CPT)MPMZAR50.00

Regional Flight: The airline also introduced charges for the excess baggage for regional flights. Here is a table below showing excess baggage charges for all the regional flights:

FromToCurrencyAmount per KG
VFAJNB (direct)USD6.00
VFA (excluding direct flights to JNB)ZAUSD8.00

Note: The excess baggage charges will be applicable per sector.

Airlink Baggage Policy for Special Items

Baggage Policy for Special Items

Many items are considered special items by the airline. All the passengers traveling with Airlink must follow the baggage policies strictly. Otherwise, the airline may refuse to carry the luggage or charge a heavy penalty to the airport authority. The airline considers a list of below-mentioned items as special equipment:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Musical Instruments
  • Perishable Produce
  • Cremated Human Remains
  • Restricted Items in Checked Baggage
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Firearms and Ammunition
  • First Need Items
  • Photographic Equipment


Passengers can carry a non-collapsible wheelchair without any additional charges. The wheelchair must not weigh more than 32 kg. Otherwise, the airline may not accept it as checked luggage. Also, the passenger must reserve the space at least 72 hours before the flight departure. 

Musical Instruments

Passengers traveling with musical instruments can carry on the same flight but not as cabin luggage. The airline only accepts musical instruments, such as cellos, harps, guitars, etc., as checked luggage. The passengers must attach a fragile item stuck after packing it properly. Additionally, the airline may only accept musical instrument reservations if they happen at least 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure. 

Perishable Goods

Travelers can carry a maximum of 10 kg of perishable goods that may be brought under the free baggage allowance. The passengers will have to take these goods at their own risk.

Cremated Human Remains

Airlink Airlines accepts the ashes or cremated human remains that can be carried as checked luggage. To bring the cremated remains, passengers must take all the required documents, a copy of death, and other certificates. Passengers must carry the ashes inside a plastic bag placed inside the urn or container. The container must be adequately sealed without any leakage. 


The airline doesn’t accept coffins as checked or cabin luggage. Still, the airline can transport the coffin as cargo luggage under restricted conditions. 

List of Prohibited Items On Board

According to FlyAirlink, the following items are not allowed on board an aircraft: Explosives, Flammable liquids and solids, Magnetized materials, Teargas, Corrosives. for more check out below table:-

ScannersCordless microphones
Walkie TalkiesElectric power converters
Laser pointersPortable video equipment
Satellite receiversCitizen band transceivers
Computer printersCD players and CD-ROM devices
Electronic CigaretteAM / FM / TV transmitters and/or receivers

Note: Passengers can carry 15 portable electronic devices on a flight. Also, the airline only allows passengers to take 20 non-spillable spare batteries. The batteries must not exceed 12 V and at most 100 Wh.

Restricted Items in Checked Baggage

There are many daily usable items that are restricted as checked luggage. Also, the airline suggests they carry luggage inside the cabin or be banned altogether. Check the below-mentioned list of items for fragile, perishable, or valuable items: 

Cameras and Camera LensesMoney
Computer EquipmentPersonal Electronic Devices
House or Car KeysPrecious Metals
Mechanical Car PartsStored Data
Medication or Medical Equipment that may be required inflight or during the Passenger’s trip or which cannot be quickly replaced if lost or damaged;Valuable Documents (including business documents, passports, and other identification documents, negotiable papers, securities deeds, etc.);
Merchandise or Stock (goods for sale, spare parts, trade samples, etc.);Any other items that may be considered of value.

Photographic Equipment

Passengers traveling with Airlink who have photographic equipment such as cameras, lenses, etc., are allowed to carry them onboard the carry-on luggage. The airline only allows passengers to take a maximum linear size dimension of 115 cm with a weight of not more than 8 kg. Here are some essential points to remember:

  • Other Equipment, such as lighting equipment, tripod, etc., must be packed in the proper packaging cases as checked luggage.
  • The excess baggage charge will be applied if the standard cabin luggage exceeds the hand luggage allowance of 8 kg. 
  • The passengers must reserve all the photographic equipment at least 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure.
  • The fragile tag must be attached to avoid any damage or loss. 

Portable Electronic Devices (PEDS)

Passengers traveling with Airlink often need clarification about using electronic devices inside the flight or even carrying the devices. Below are a few tables showing precisely what devices are allowed to use or take. 

Equipment Allowed To Use On Board With No Restrictions: 

  • Heart pacemakers
  • Hearing aids
  • Clocks, watches and timers
  • Medical equipment approved for use in an aircraft

Liquid, Aerosols & Gels

Passengers carrying liquids, gels, etc., are allowed only if they follow the restricted limit. The airline allows passengers to have a maximum of 100 ml containers in their hand luggage. Also, if you are taking creams, toothpaste, shampoo, perfumes, deodorants, sprays, lotion, oils, syrups, etc., with you, they must not exceed the limit mentioned above. The container must weigh 1 liter in a resealable, transparent bag. 

The bag size must be at most 20 x 20 cm. A passenger can only carry a maximum of 1 bag. Passengers can take up to 100 ml of quantity in a container under the hand luggage. Even if the container is half-filled, it will count as a 100 ml container. While carrying medication items, passengers must show proof and prescription at the airport. 

Dangerous Goods

The airline categorized the daily usable items under hazardous goods. The different categories show which items can be carried inside the cabin and which are only accepted as checked luggage. Check the tables mentioned below for all the types.

Items That Are Completely Banned on Aircraft:

Radioactive Materials, Poisonous and Toxic SubstancesOxidizing Substances Such As Bleaching Powder and Peroxides,
Magnetic Compass and other Magnetized items,Oxygen cylinders of any type
Tear gas or self-protection mace canister,Flammable and Non-Flammable Gases
Explosives, Fireworks,Toy Guns and Flares
Corrosives Such as Mercury, Acids, Alkalis and Wet Cell BatteriesDeeply Refrigerated Aerosols
Flammable Liquids and Solids such as, but not restricted to, paints, thinners, solvents and firelightersLighter and Butane Gas Hairbrush Refills and Liquid Nitrogen

Items Allowed To Carry On Board

Airlink Airlines allows passengers to carry a maximum of 2 kg or 2 liters of medicinal and toilet items. Passengers must ensure that no item exceeds 500 ml in quantity, such as hairsprays, perfumes, and medicines. 

Also, sanitizers with a maximum volume of 70% alcohol are allowed as medical items. The airline allows a maximum of 500 ml in domestic and 100 ml in international or regional flights. The airline accepts alcohol-based sanitizer as a carry-on as well as checked luggage. 

Items That Are Only Allowed Inside The Cabin:

  • Pacemakers
  • Matches or Lighter (for Personal Use only)
  • Underwater Torches (Removed Batteries)
  • Mercurial Barometer (With Restrictions)

Items Only Allowed in The Hold:

  • Ammunitions and Firearms (Max. 5 Kg)
  • Aqualung Cylinders (Empty Cylinders)
  • Battery-Operated Wheelchairs

Alcohol Beverages

Passengers traveling with Airlink can carry between 24 % and 70% alcohol by volume as their checked or carry-on luggage. All your beverages must be in their original packaging and ensure no leakage. The airline allows a maximum quantity of 5 liters for each passenger. The passengers must ensure that the items follow all the restrictions. 

Also, the airline doesn’t allow alcohol for passengers below 18. Excess baggage charges will apply if the free checked baggage allowance exceeds. Additionally, there are no limitations to carry beverages having less than 24% alcohol by volume.

Carbon Dioxide Gas Cylinders: Spare CO2 gas cylinders used for mechanical limb operations are allowed without restrictions. 

Dry Ice: Passengers are allowed to carry a maximum of 1 kg of dry ice that must be packed and appropriately ventilated.

Sporting Equipment

Passengers traveling with their sports equipment can carry a certain weight and size. The airline introduced some guidelines for almost all the sporting equipment. The equipment must be appropriately packed, and each instrument will count as one piece of bag with a maximum weight of at most 15 kg apart from the free baggage allowance. Here is a list of almost all the Sports Equipment:

Angling EquipmentParagliding
Bowling Wood or Equipment,Polo Mallets
Non-motorized BicycleHockey Sticks, Ice Hockey Sticks with Equipment
Cricket EquipmentRugby or Football Equipment
Golfing EquipmentScuba Diving Equipment
Hiking EquipmentSnow or Water Ski
Horse Riding EquipmentSurf, Kite, Paddle, and Skateboards
Hunting WeaponsTennis, Squash, Badminton Equipment
Netball or VolleyballCross Bow/Archery

Check the list of restrictions mentioned below:

  • Excess baggage charges will apply if the overall free baggage allowance exceeds. 
  • The maximum overall baggage allowance for free depends on the cabin class and destination selected.
  • The baggage allowance varies from fare to fare. 
  • The free baggage allowance is 20 kg for Economy Class, and the additional allowance for Sports Equipment is 15 kg. The total free baggage allowance is now 35 kg.
  • The allowed maximum size dimensions for sports equipment must be at most 190 x 75 x 65 cm individually. 
  • The airline may not carry the sports equipment if it exceeds the size dimension restriction. 
  • Passengers cannot carry personal items or clothes inside the Sports Equipment bag or casing.
  • The airline suggests limited space, so passengers must make the reservations at least 72 hours before the scheduled flight departure.
  • The pre-book comes under Special Service Request, and airport staff will help the passengers. 

Sporting Equipment Only Allowed as Checked Baggage

Passengers traveling with Airlink can carry the sports equipment under some restrictions. If the airline doesn’t allow passengers to take the equipment inside the cabin, the passengers may have them as checked luggage:

Baseball batsSquash Racquets,
Cricket bats,Badminton Racquets,
Golf clubsHockey Sticks,
Pool cuesHunting Knives
BlackjacksSki Poles
Ice axes / Ice pickThrowing Stars
Martial Arts devicesCross Bow / Archery
Tennis RacquetsMountain Climbing Gear – Including Crash pads and equipment

Ammunition and Firearms

Airlink allows passengers to carry Firearms and Ammunition as their luggage. The airline offers the facility to have only Hunting Rifles, Hunting Handguns, Hunting Shotguns, and Sport Firearms as checked luggage. Airlink South Africa baggage allowance follows South African laws for transporting firearms and ammunition. All the documents, proofs, licenses, and certificates must be available at the time of board. Also, the passenger must inform the authorities about the firearms and ammunition to avoid any hassle. The airline allows each passenger to carry a maximum weight of 5 kg of ammunition, which must be packed in a separate lockable and secure container. The airline doesn’t charge for the separate ammunition case even if it exceeds the free-piece concept baggage allowance. The airline provides exceptional policies to carry the Hunting Rifles under special items. Economy Class passengers can have a maximum weight of 20 kg for free, an additional weight of 15 kg for Hunting Rifles, and 5 kg for the ammunition packed separately. This allows passengers to carry a maximum weight of 40 kg for free. 

Entirely Restricted Items As Cabin Luggage

While traveling on a flight, passengers must know what they cannot carry. This may help them avoid many hassles from Boarding to Leaving the airport at the destination. As mentioned above, the airline restricted many items, such as checked luggage. Now, here is a list of items that are entirely restricted to carry as a carry-on baggage:

Sports Equipment:

  • Baseball bats
  • Cricket bats
  • Tennis racquets
  • Squash racquets
  • Badminton racquets
  • Golf clubs
  • Pool cues
  • Blackjacks
  • Ice axe / Ice pick
  • Martial Arts devices


  • Ammunition
  • Hunting Knives
  • Throwing stars
  • Brass Knuckles
  • Blackjacks


  • Box cutters
  • Duct tape
  • Heavy tools (Wrenches, Pliers etc)
  • Metal scissors with pointed tips
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Portable power drills
  • Corkscrews
  • Razor blades (not in the cartridge)
  • Razor blades (not in the cartridge)


  • Disabling chemicals or gases
  • Handcuffs
  • Religious knives
  • Fire Extinguishers

Baggage Allowance for Infants

Baggage Allowance for Infants

Airlink baggage allowance offers decent policies for infants traveling with the airline. The infants paying at least 75% of the adult fare can carry the baggage like an adult passenger. Alternatively, an infant not paying any amount for a seat or traveling on the lap can have a maximum of 10 kg checked luggage, one infant car seat, and a collapsible stroller.

Traveling with Pets in Airlink

Airlink Airlines allows pets on the aircraft for passengers willing to travel with their four-legged companion. However, the airline offers services for small to medium dogs and cats only as checked baggage. Passengers can carry up to two adult animals with a maximum weight of not more than 30 lbs (14 kg) each and can be shipped together if they are used to each other. Exceeding this limit will result in the individual travel of the pet. 

Pets must travel inside the IATA-approved container as checked luggage. Additionally, the containers must be rigid and well-ventilated so that the pet can travel comfortably. Passengers must ensure that the water is available for the pet if traveling on a long route. Also, the pet must stand, turn around, and lie down without hassle. 

FAQs – People Also Ask

How many bags are allowed on Airlink?

Airlink Economy Class passengers can carry one bag with a personal bag, and Business Class passengers can carry up to 2 hand luggage plus one small personal item. 

Can I check two bags with Airlink?

There are no limitations on the number of bags to carry. Passengers can have as many bags as they want if they follow the baggage weight limitations. 

Can I fly with my dog on Airlink?

Airlink allows passengers to travel as checked luggage in an IATA-approved container. However, the airline doesn’t allow passengers to carry their pets inside the cabin. 


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