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SA pax now require visa for Tunisia

From December 1, South African passport holders will require a visa to enter Tunisia. Visas can be obtained from the Embassy of Tunisia in Pretoria. The embassy is open from Monday to Friday, from 09h30 to 12h00 for submissions, and 12h30 to 14h30 for collection. Source

Uber introduces helicopter service in NYC

Uber has introduced Uber Copter, a helicopter service between John F. Kennedy International Airport and lower Manhattan. It will be open to all users with an Uber account. Costs for the service range from US$200 (R2 968) to $225 (R3 339) for an eight-minute one-way trip. Travellers can use Uber ground transport to get to…
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Beijing Daxing airport is now open

The Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) opened on 30 September 2019. The airport, located 46km from Tiananmen Square, will have four runways, 79 airport stands and a terminal building covering an area of 700 000 sqm, with an additional three runways to be added at a later stage. Chinese carriers such as China Eastern Airlines, China…
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Turkish Airlines launches SA call centre

Turkish Airlines has launched a new 24-hour call centre for South Africa. The call centre can be contacted on 0860 666 828. Customers will be able to contact the centre 24 hours a day for queries related to bookings and Miles&Smiles accounts, among others. Source

SA Tourism undertakes sales training in Qatar

South African Tourism (SA Tourism) met with industry players in Qatar last week as part of its strategy to promote South Africa as a destination to Qatari citizens and residents. In collaboration with Qatar Airways and Brand South Africa, over 50 frontline sales staff and consultants received training in Doha to improve their understanding of…
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Cape Town dam levels over 80%

The dams in and around Cape Town that form part of the Western Cape Water Supply System are at an overall storage level of 81.3% as of October 7.   The Western Cape has experienced an excellent recovery after being plagued by a drought for the past two years. In addition to servicing Cape Town, the system supplies water to towns in the Overberg, Boland,…
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UBCs- bad news for South Africans

South Africa will abolish the law calling for unabridged birth certificates of children travelling to the country.  This does not apply to South Africans, however- those travelling with minors will still need to carry UBCs.  Tourism Update, Now Media’s inbound publication, understands that the removal of the unabridged birth certificate requirement is not yet in effect, however an…
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SAA denies using fake parts

SAA has released a statement rejecting media reports of the use of fake parts in its aircraft.   South African Airways, SAA Technical and Mango Airlines are being investigated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority following an emergency where a Mango aircraft had to turn back.   The flight experienced technical difficulties caused by a faulty component. The component, a stabiliser trim motor, failed during take-off which required the crew to assume manual…
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Airlines ban Apple laptops

Following Apple’s announcement that it will recall a limited number of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops, manufactured from September 2015 to February 2017, airlines have released advisories regarding the recall. Both Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines have said that passengers will not be permitted to bring the affected laptop model either as a carry-on or in…
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Air Seychelles announces plans to reduce its carbon footprint

With more travellers making attempts to reduce their carbon footprint and some ditching flights to make a statement, airlines are feeling the pressure.  Air Seychelles is the latest airline company to announce that the airline is moving forward with its corporate social responsibility programme to reduce carbon emissions.  They will invest in a series of…
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