Month: June 2020

WTTC declares Mauritius safe

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has acknowledged the efforts undertaken by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and given the country the global safety and hygiene stamp. It is the only African country among the 17 countries that have received the WTTC’s Safe Travels stamp. The organisation, which represents the global travel and tourism private…
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SAA delays domestic op

SAA will not resume domestic operations next week as previously communicated by the airline. The airline sent out a statement to the trade, which was confirmed by Louise Brugman, spokesperson for the business rescue practitioners, saying it would re-accommodate passengers booked on the Johannesburg to Cape Town route – which was set to commence from June…
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Global map – COVID-19 travel regulations

Iata has created an interactive (COVID-19) Travel Regulations Map available on Timatic, giving users information on the degree of travel restrictions in each country around the world. The page displays a colour-coded map, with each country falling under one of four categories: ‘totally restrictive’, ‘partially restrictive’, ‘no regulations related to COVID-19’, or ‘latest updates currently…
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MSC extends cruise cancellations

MSC Cruises has extended the fleet-wide suspension of its cruise operations until July 31. The cruise line has reconfirmed its full summer programme for 2021, starting in March next year. Guests affected by the cancelled cruises will receive a Future Cruise Credit (FCC), allowing them to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled cruise…
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XL Millennium hosts their first Virtual Conference

XL Millennium hosted their first online Virtual Conference on 20 May 2020. Sharing this momentous occasion were the XL Millennium clients. “It was wonderful to see all the clients face-to-face again, a privilege I will certainly not take for granted, given our current circumstances,” said Linda Benwell, MD of XL Millennium.  “We are excited to…
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Covid-19 and flying: Compulsory bag wraps, no food and stringent temperature checks

No touching, self-scanning your digital boarding ticket and compulsory bag wrapping are some of the measures that have been taken as domestic flights are set to resume this month.  The Department of Transport and its state-owned partners, including the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), the Civil Aviation Authority, Port Health, and airliners, say they believe…
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Here’s the new normal for flying in South Africa as airports reopen

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has outlined how domestic air travel will work under South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown. Limited domestic air travel for business purposes is allowed under level 3, subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel. The resumption of domestic flights will be rolled…
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These airlines will operate during level 3

As the country moves to level 3 lockdown from June 1, many airlines have decided to take to the skies to cater to the domestic travel market.  Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed during a media briefing on Saturday that the resumption of domestic flights will be rolled out in three phases.  He also revealed that…
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Tourism in level 3 lockdown

South African Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, announced over the weekend that parts of the tourism sector would be operating under level 3 lockdown from June 1. Tourist guides, nature guides, tour operators, travel agents and tourism information officers will be allowed to operate during level three lockdown as long as they are able to ensure safe…
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Airlink to resume flights

Airlink will launch a limited scheduled domestic air service from Monday June 8, with flights on the Johannesburg-Cape Town and Johannesburg-Durban trunk routes, using 98-seat Embraer E190 regional jets. This follows the implementation of South Africa’s COVID-19 level 3 restrictions. “We are ready to start flying our customers again. We used the down-time to put…
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