February 28, 2014

Flying with your bicycle for the Cape Argus

Cycling the Argus next weekend and flying down to Cape Town? Here’s a quick guide to transporting your bike on the airlines…

Inform your travel agent at the time of booking your flight that you will be transporting a bicycle. You will be charged a handling fee. See below for airline handling fees and info:

SAA - R285,50 per bike one way which can be paid at any PnP store. A voucher will be generated as proof of payment which must be presented when handing the bicycle/s to SAA. Read more on the SAA website here for drop off areas, times, etc.

Kulula - R300 per bike one way. The fee must be paid before your departure and payment cannot be accepted on the day of departure at the airports. More details on the Kulula website here.

Mango - R275,00 per bike one way to (tandem bikes at a cost of R375). No payments will be accepted for your bike at the various Airport Argus drop-off points. More info on the Mango website here.

Don’t forget:
- Bicycles must be securely packed, preferably in special bike boxes and bags marked with your contact details. Handlebars should be turned parallel with the frame, pedals removed or turned inward, tyres deflated and the seat must be put down. All electronic equipment must be removed and transported separately in your checked in luggage.
- Ensure that you have the relevant voucher/baggage claim tag/handling fee receipt for your bike. This serves as proof of payment and has to be presented, along with your valid ID & air ticket, when dropping off and collecting.
- Bicycle inflation pumps and cartridges (check with your airline requirements regarding this) will need to be declared when checking in for your flight.

The information above is just a guideline and is subject to change - check specific requirements with your airline before travelling. Happy cycling and good luck!


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