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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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Level 3 flights – what passengers need

With limited domestic air services resuming under level 3 of the national lockdown, agents have called for clarity on the documentation that will be required. FlySafair domestic operations will resume from June 15, CemAir from June 5, and Airlink from June 8. Comair has said it is unlikely to begin flying before November and SAA And Mango…
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Kenya Airways to take to the air this month

Kenya Airways will resume passenger flights on June 8, confirms Kenyan Transport Ministry Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, in an interview with The Star. Meanwhile, the Kenya Airports Authority is putting in place the necessary operational measures ahead of the opening of the country’s airports. “This will, however, be subject to medical protocols,” said James. The airline indicated…
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City Lodge Hotels open for business

City Lodge Hotel Group is opening up its hotels in a phased response to business travellers as South Africa enters level 3 lockdown. Specific hotels would open in locations where business travel demand was expected, the group said in a statement. The following 15 hotels are open to business travellers and essential services workers: City…
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TIC changes SAA policy benefits

Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC) has reviewed its position on the Travel Supplier Insolvency (TSI) benefit for South African Airways, according to a statement from the group. For policies that are issued on or after April 21, the TSI benefit will only be available to policyholders where the policy was issued within 48 hours of the…
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Emirates conducts revolutionary COVID-19 testing

The question many are asking, is when airlines start flying again what measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of passengers from, and stop the spread of, COVID-19? Emirates has become the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers, according to a statement on the airline’s website. Passengers on…
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