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Emirates ramps up SA flights

“We heard you Mr President – International Travel is Open,” said Emirates in a release sent out to the trade following yesterday’s announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The airline has responded to the announcement by increasing its frequencies to 14 flights a week between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo and Dubai International Airport. Emirates will offer a double-daily…
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November 19, 2020 0

Voyager Miles and the new SAA

While the implementation of SAA’s business rescue plan is still a work in progress, and there remains uncertainty regarding the repayment of creditors, its business rescue practitioners (BRPs) say Voyager members will have full access to their available Miles when the new SAA starts services, should all conditions of fulfilment of the business rescue plan…
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November 19, 2020 0

At last – kulula.com makes a comeback!

Comair says it will resume flying operations for kulula.com from Tuesday, December 1. In a statement on the kulula.com website, the company said the kulula.com booking platform was due to open today (Monday, November 9) for the general public. It had already opened for Vitality members who can make new bookings for domestic flights with kulula.com,…
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November 19, 2020 0

New airport for Berlin

After 70 years of history (including playing an important role in the Berlin Airlift at the end of WW2, and having seen the reunification of East and West Berlin), the Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) will soon shut down and its operations move to the new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER). The inauguration of the new…
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November 19, 2020 0

Qatar Airways and FlySafair join forces

Qatar Airways (QR) has signed an interline agreement with FlySafair, currently South Africa’s largest domestic airline. This will provide QR with 10 domestic connections in South Africa, including Port Elizabeth, East London and George. This is good news for tourism into South Africa, as Qatar’s Doha hub is a super-modern centre for global aviation, and the…
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October 26, 2020 0

More air connections to Mozambique

Airlink continues expanding and enhancing its regional network. The airline will augment its South Africa – Mozambique network with scheduled services from Jo’burg to Pemba, Vilanculos and Beira. This follows the lifting of travel restrictions that curtailed travel between the neighbouring countries. The services provide travellers with connectivity with Airlink’s new services linking Johannesburg with…
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October 21, 2020 0

Govt ‘red list’ reviewed

Yesterday (October 19) government revised the list of high risk countries based on a risk categorisation model – and it now includes another major source market for inbound leisure tourism, Germany. The wave of frustration that swept through the inbound industry was well-expressed by an anonymous DMC on the Watasapp group Tour Operators and DMCs:…
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October 20, 2020 0

Hooray! Virgin is coming back!

Virgin Atlantic is set to restart flights from London Heathrow to Johannesburg from October 18 and Heathrow to Cape Town from December 10. The airline plans to operate four flights a week between Johannesburg and London Heathrow from October 19 and to increase to a daily frequency by the end of the year. Flight VS449…
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October 16, 2020 0

Airlink rules our regional skies

Yesterday, October 14, Airlink announced the start of three new regional services. The privately owned airline has been steadily and purposefully rolling out flights in the region, some new routes for the carrier, others a resumption of old routes, since cross-border air travel restarted. The carrier’s new scheduled passenger service between Maputo and Johannesburg reconnects…
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October 15, 2020 0

Low risk of inflight COVID-19 transmission – Iata

Since the start of 2020 there have been 44 reported cases where COVID-19 transmission is thought to have been associated with a journey by air (including confirmed, probable and potential cases). These statistics, published by Iata, seem to indicate the low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission. “The risk of a passenger contracting COVID-19 while on…
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October 14, 2020 0