The cheapest flights to South Africa is from London or Amsterdam, and it often works out better to get a connecting flight.
Cape Town International
The majority of direct international flights arrive in Cape Town. 6 hr drive to J-Bay through the Garden Route
No direct international flights, must catch connecting flight from Cape Town or Johannesburg Airport. 1 hr drive to J-Bay
need a lift to Jeffrey’s? Ubuntu will arrange a shuttle to pick you up on arrival in P.E.
Airline travel with boards
There are no standardised rules when it comes to airline charges for boards. Some airlines have a fixed fee per boardbag but most are dependant on many factors such as the airport and what time you check-in, the plane’s passenger and luggage capacity, your appearance and attitude and most importantly the mood of the person at the check-in counter. Usually bodyboarders will not have to pay excess, unlike longboarders, who sometimes don’t get their boards on at all.
Some of the more crucial points to remember include;
- Arrive early, dress well, be polite and smile alot
- Ask your travel agent on airline’s policy, and double check by phoning check-in desk at the airport
- Warn the airline to help them manage their luggage capacity
- Some surf agents have already negotiated board charges
- Most airlines charge per bag, so pack your boards in one boardbag
- Always use a tough. durable boardbag, and give extra protection to the fins
Surfboards and Airline’s Policy
- AERO CALIFORNIA
- AIR LANKA
- AIR NEW ZEALAND
- AIR FRANCE
- BRITISH AIRWAYS
Airline info from World Stormrider guide, the bible of Surf Travel