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Launched in 2020 by kulula founder Gidon Novick, and ex-Uber executive Jonathan Ayache, Lift has brought a unique and trendy offering to South African travellers. Lift’s fully-flexible ticket option which allows you to change or cancel your ticket without incurring any penalties, although any differences in taxed and fares will apply, is what sets them apart.
The airline first launched with flights on the Cape Town – Johannesburg & Johannesburg – George routes. The George route was dropped after the summer season ended in January 2021. Lift currently operates six daily scheduled flights between OR Tambo International in Johannesburg and Cape Town International. The first flights take to the sky at 07h00 and planes touch down at 22h00 after their last flight of the day.
Lift uses the 4th generation Airbus A320 aircraft. Their A320s are some of the most technologically advanced aircraft in operation today.
All Lift aircraft are fitted with leather seats‚ large tray tables and generous leg-room of up to 33 inches. Lift aircraft are can seat 174 passengers. All seats offer a minimum of 30 inches of leg-room‚ and up to 33 inches in the front of the cabin.
Lift allows one piece of hand luggage at 7 kg to be brought on-board free of charge. Checked baggage has to be purchased separately at a cost of R100 for one bag, R250 for two bags and R450 for three bags. Each piece of luggage can weigh up to 23kg.
Online check in opens 24 hours before departure and check in at the airport opens 2 hours before departure. Airport check in closes 45 minutes before departure. Bags have to be dropped at bag drop counters 45 minutes before departure. Boarding closes 15 minutes before departure.
Lift only operates economy class cabins on all their flights.
Lift has partnered with Vida e Caffe & Grumpy Snacks for in flight coffee and snacks catering. Passengers on evening flights will get access to free wine-tasting‚ featuring a selection of South Africa’s top wineries.
Emotional support/service animals are allowed in the cabin of the aircraft. Lift does allow pets to be carried in the hold through BidAir Services.
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