Travelling with a surfboard is pretty easy but often you have to pay extra for the odd size luggage. Here you can see what the airlines flying to Africa is charging to carry your surfboard along on the flight.
Used to take boards under 200 cm for free but times has changed. For boards between 107 and 300 cm, which is pretty much all boards, you will now have to pay an extra fee.
British airways accept a board bag as checked baggage if it is under 23 kg and 190 x 75 x 65 cm.
Delta Airlines will charge you 150 US$, 105 CA$ or 105 Euro for carrying a surfboard.
Emirates will accept wind surfboards as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance as long as the bag is less than 300 cm.
Flying with Iberia yu will be charges 150 EUR per leg on your journey.
KLM will charge you 100 EUR for your surfboard and you have to let them know that you are bringing a boardbag at least 48 hours before flying.
Luftahansa will charge more for items longer than 158 cm. That is almost all surfbags.
Sports bags is included in your checked baggage allowance but you might need to purchase an extra bag.
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc chrges 100 EUR for a boardbag between 157 and 203 cm to Africa.
South African Airways
South African Airways allows a free extra bag if it is a surfbag not eceeding 200 cm.
You can bring your surfboard if you fly with Swiss Air for 100 EUR if your bag is shorter than 200 cm.
You can bring your surfboard flying with TAP. It will cost you 75 or 100 EUR depending on your departure destination.
You can bring one boardbag with United Airlines and it will cost you 100 EUR.
There are other companies servicing Africa like Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines. These companies don’t have standardized rules for surfboards so you have to contact them for your individual travels.
Remember to guard your surfboard carefully as many baggage handlers in Africa (and other places for that matter) don’t know just how fragile a surfboard is.
Sometimes the staff don’t even know the rules – so it can be a good idea to bring the rules or email correspondence with the airline (about your boardbag) with you to the airport.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: GoSurfAfrica.com recommends that you check up with your airline company before ordering your ticket as these guidelines can change over time and even from airport to airport.