flying with pets

We no longer accept domestic pets and live animals at all our check-in counters (excluding service dogs which are permitted for check-in and in the cabin). The policy also applies to British Airways (operated by Comair) check-in counters and flights. This new process provides a modernised animal-friendly environment for the acceptance and delivery of domestic pets and will ensure your furry (or scaly) friend reaches their destination safely and comfortably.

Simply call 011 230 4600 or email to arrange the transportation of your pet at least 48hrs prior to departure.

They will be transported through Dedicated Holding Areas and have access to Pet Lounges (currently only in Jo’burg & Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is under construction to a Pet Lounge) specially designed for their comfort and safety. For more info. on these facilities, visit

These facilities can be found at:

  • Cape Town International Airport (BidAir Cargo Pet Lounge)
  • OR Tambo International Airport (BidAir Cargo Pet Lounge)
  • Lanseria International Airport (Holding Area)
  • King Shaka International Airport (Holding Area)
  • Port Elizabeth International Airport (Holding Area)
  • George International Airport (Holding Area)
  • East London International Airport (Holding Area)

what to remember

  • When phoning BidAir Pet Lounges Call Centre, you may request that your pets travel on the same flight as yourself, provided the booking is made 48 hours prior to departure and there is space  available on the flight
  • Animals are to be at the BidAir Cargo (Pet Lounge or Holding Areas) at least 2 hours prior to domestic flights and 4 hours for regional flights
  • If travelling outside the BidAir Cargo or Pet Lounge trading hours, alternative arrangements can be made with them by calling 011 230 4600 
  • Only service dogs will be checked in at the airport and are allowed into the cabin (just make sure you let us know in advance so we can get the Captain's okay)

Note: BidAir Cargo Pet Lounges require that cat and dog owners produce an inoculation booklet when dropping their pets off for travel. Rabies inoculations are compulsory nationwide and are subject to a waiting period of 7 - 14 days between the inoculation and date of flight. As per IATA regulations the rabies inoculation must be administered yearly.

central call centre numbers and times for each airport

To make it easy for you to drop-off and collect your pet, view the trading hours, contact numbers and maps of your relevant airport below.

branchcontact numberoffice hoursmaps
JNB branch +27 (0) 11 230 4600 n/a JNB
branch map
Mon - Fri: 07:00 - 18:00
Sat: 08:00 - 13:00
Sun: 08:00 - 12:00
pet lounge map
CPT Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 18:00
Sat: 08:00 - 13:00
Sun: 08:00 - 12:00
CPT map
DUR Mon - Fri: 06:00 - 18:00
Sat: 06:00 - 18:00
Sun: 06:00 - 18:00
DUR map
ELS Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 17:00
Sat: 08:00 - 12:00
Sun: 08:00 - 17:00
ELS map
GRJ Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 17:00
Sat: 08:00 - 12:00
Sun: 08:00 - 17:00
GRJ map
PLZ Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 17:00
Sat: 08:00 - 12:00
Sun: 08:00 - 17:00
PLZ map
HLA Mon - Fri: 07:00 - 19:00
Sat: 08:00 - 17:00
Sun: 08:00 - 17:00
HLA map

JNB* & CPT* currently have the facilities of Pet Lounges. PLZ is currently under renovations.