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Comair is back in business!

Comair has opened bookings for domestic services and will operate flights from December 9, despite a last-minute attempt by Numsa to get an interdict from the Labour Court to declare that Comair employees were not bound by the terms of the collective agreement signed during September. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Travel News that the…
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November 24, 2020 0

COVID-19 testing, 24/7, at ORTIA

Good news for travellers departing South Africa from OR Tambo is that they can get COVID-19 PCR-tested and collect their certificate at the airport prior to departure. National Health Laboratory Service (www.nhls.ac.za/) is operating three mobile COVID-19 Test Units in clearly identifiable vans located opposite the InterContinental Hotel, in front of the Police Station, on…
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November 24, 2020 0

Cathay delays comeback

Cathay Pacific has no immediate plans to return to South Africa and has suspended flight schedules until March 31, 2021.  “Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, sluggish international travel demand as well as the dynamic travel and quarantine restrictions, Cathay Pacific Airways has temporarily suspended flights between South Africa and Hong Kong until March 31, 2021,” said a…
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November 23, 2020 0

Photo essay: Safety assured from check-in to take-off

High health and safety standards are being upheld by the Air France KLM group at OR Tambo International Airport. Tourism Update was invited to see, first-hand, the efforts taken to ensure the health and safety of passengers. Gm of Air France KLM Southern Africa, Wouter Vermeulen, said, as an airline, safety was “100% of what we sell”. “It’s…
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November 19, 2020 0

CemAir eyes Africa

CemAir has applied for a licence to operate scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Lagos, Luanda, Lusaka, Ndola, Lubumbashi, Dar es Salaam, Maputo and Accra. Currently, CemAir operates only domestic routes on a scheduled basis, although it has operated and continues to operate charter flights into Africa. The airline joins Airlink in expanding its network into…
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November 19, 2020 0

FlySafair and Emirates tie the knot

Emirates and FlySafair have announced an interline agreement, opening up connections for each airline’s passengers to the network of the other. This means that outbound South Africans have access to the vast EK network and inbound passengers may book straight-through tickets to FlySafair destinations in South Africa. The issuing of a single ticket and through-tagging…
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November 19, 2020 0

Emirates relaunches STPC programme

Emirates relaunched its Dubai Connect (STPC) product this month. The programme has introduced a new minimum transit time of 10 hours for first-, business- and economy-class passengers. Minimum fare qualifications have also changed for some regions and can be viewed on the Emirates Partners Portal. Dubai Connect packages include hotel accommodation for passengers who meet…
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November 19, 2020 0

No Qantas bookings for SA until Q4 2021

Qantas has announced that no bookings on the South Africa, UK and US routes can be made until late October 2021. In a recent statement about changes to its Northern summer booking schedule, the Australian carrier said: “Qantas has temporarily stopped selling some international routes until the end of October 2021, due to market uncertainty…
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November 19, 2020 0

Adieu, Etihad

Etihad Airways is closing its office in South Africa and has confirmed that it will not operate to or from South Africa during the winter 2020/21 season. But Travel News understands that the employment contracts of local staff have already been terminated, which makes it seem unlikely that Etihad will indeed return to SA skies after the…
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November 19, 2020 0

Relief as borders open

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s November 11 announcement of the opening of borders to all comers (with a 72-hour negative Covid-19 PCR certificate) from any country, and the abolition of the “Red List” of ‘high-risk’ countries, South Africa’s tourism industry has let out a collective sigh of relief. While the National State of Disaster has been extended to December…
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November 19, 2020 0