Lift Airlines

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Lift Airlines was established in December 2020. This new South African airline called upon the public to name their new domestic flights South Africa air service. Thousands of names were submitted, but only one name could win free flights for a year.

While telling your friends and family that you’re catching the “Gravy Plane” or “Planey McPlaneface” is sure to make them laugh, “Lift” has a more sophisticated ring to it. The airline company is operated by Jonathan Ayache, Gidon Novick, and Global Aviation in South Africa. Gidon Novick is the founder of Kulula Airlines, and Jonathan Ayache is a former Uber executive.

Eight different South Africans submitted the name ‘Lift’. The company chose this name because it reflects optimism. And so, the main prize of free flights was divided between the winners who now have their hands on plenty of Lift tickets for a year. These lucky winners names’ were also inscribed on the body of Lift’s first aeroplane that took to the air.

But deciding on the name was only the beginning. Behind the scenes, the Lift team made sure the airline was ready to take to the skies just in time for Christmas in December 2020.


Choosing to Fly Lift Airlines, South Africa

Lift aims to be a flexible airline that operates in a similar fashion to Uber, with flight schedules being determined by demand and popularity. What differentiates Lift from other domestic airlines is that they have a fully flexible ticket option. This allows you to change or cancel your flight without airline penalties.

Plus, their small fleet size promises a level of efficiency that the larger airlines can’t afford to give. With Lift, Mzansi has more ways to visit family, head to the sea, or travel for business.

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Popular Lift Airlines Flight Prices

If you’re looking for cheap flights to Cape Town from Jozi, Lift has you covered. They aim to offer low-cost domestic flights, making sure South Africans can afford to see all the beauty our country has to offer.

Lift Airline flights from Johannesburg to Cape Townfrom R1100.00
Lift Airline flights from Johannesburg to Durbanfrom R595.00
Lift Airline flights from Cape Town to Johannesburgfrom R1100.00
Lift Airline flights from Durban to Johannesburgfrom R595.00
Lift Airline flights from Cape Town to Durbanfrom 985.00
Lift Airline flights from Durban to Cape Town from R985.00


Cheapest Lift Airlines Flight Prices  

RouteAirline LogoAirlineDepartureDestinationDeparture DateReturn DatePrice
LIFT Flights From Johannesburg To Cape TownLIFTLIFTJohannesburgCape Town2024-08-242024-08-24R2238
LIFT Flights From Johannesburg To DurbanLIFTLIFTJohannesburgDurban2024-08-062024-08-21R1359
LIFT Flights From Cape Town To JohannesburgLIFTLIFTCape TownJohannesburg2024-08-222024-08-25R2269
LIFT Flights From Durban To JohannesburgLIFTLIFTDurbanJohannesburg2024-11-072024-11-07R1418
LIFT Flights From Durban To Cape TownLIFTLIFTDurbanCape Town2024-08-032024-08-06R2298
LIFT Flights From Cape Town To DurbanLIFTLIFTCape TownDurban2024-08-042024-08-06R2319


Lift Specials

The low-cost airline often has exciting specials that make flying with Lift even cheaper, and their passengers can enjoy some exclusive perks from time to time. One such bonus is “lift before you fly,” which allows Lift passengers to get a free coffee from Vida e Caffe at the Johannesburg or Cape Town airport before their departure.

Other specials include winning a return flight if you use your Smart Shopper card or a premium upgrade if you book a flight in October and fly before the end of January 2022. A Lift premium upgrade comes with many perks and is ideal for the business or frequent traveller.

Premium perks include wider seats, more legroom, unlimited flight changes, and changes/cancellations for up to one hour before your departure. You also get to pick either a window or aisle seat from the premium rows at the front, so that you won’t be stuck in the middle.

Moreover, with Premium, you get an additional baggage allowance and a dedicated check-in and lounge area at the airport. Now, that’s a deal!


Lift Airline Routes

Lift operates on major domestic routes, with O.R.Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg being its central hub. In addition to Johannesburg, domestic routes include Lift flights to Cape Town and George (seasonal).


Lift Airlines Routes and Flight Times

The first Lift aeroplane took off in December 2020. Lift offers morning, afternoon, and evening flights, so no matter what time of day you want to fly, they’ve got you covered.

They currently operate to the following destinations:

  • Cape Town – Johannesburg (daily)
  • From Johannesburg to Cape Town (daily)

Rumour has it that Lift will be operating to Durban soon, but we’ll update you here if/when the airline makes an official announcement on this.


Lift Airline’s Baggage Allowance

For your Lift flight, your ticket includes up to 7kg of hand luggage (no larger than 56 x 36 x 23 cm). Checked luggage isn’t included in the ticket price, but you can purchase additional checked baggage of 23kg per bag (no larger than 90 x 75 x 43 cm).

A Premium ticket impressively includes two free pieces of hand baggage, two free checked bags, and an additional bag of 23kg for any sporting or special equipment. Thus, making it well worth your money.

Prices are:

  1. 1x checked bag (23kg) – from R100
  2. 2x checked bags (23kg) – from R250
  3. 3x checked bags (23kg) – from R450

These costs and restrictions apply to people of all ages. But if you’re flying with an infant, you’ll be allowed to check in two additional pieces of luggage, like a stroller or car seat, for free. If you’re planning on bringing any sports equipment or bicycles with you, you’ll also need to check these in.

Lift Airlines has a fleet of three large, reliable 4th Generation Airbus A320 aircraft, operated by local aircraft leasing company Global Aviation. Airbus A320 is one of the best technologically advanced aircraft with the most up-to-date safety mechanisms.

The strong and secure aircraft is used both locally in South Africa and globally and, as of October 2020, is the most used plane in the world. Furthermore, its wide cabins offer more leg space for the passenger seeking a spacious and comfortable domestic flight journey. Their yellow and black branding also makes identifying their planes easy.


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