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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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Amsterdam raises travel levy

Amsterdam will add a levy of $3 (R45) per person, per night for travellers staying in hotels, reports CNN. From January 1, 2020, it will be added to the tourist tax in Amsterdam, which is currently 7% of the cost of the room, excluding breakfast. This tax applies to hotels, apartments, campsites and privately owned holiday…
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Lanseria switches drop off and pick up zone

Lanseria Airport has switched its drop-off and pick-up zone areas around. The entrance to the drop-off and pick-up zone will move to what was the exit – and the exit is now situated by the bridge of what used to be the entrance. The change has been necessitated by the need to alleviate congestion, says…
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V&A Waterfront completes first-phase extension

After 10 months of renovation, the V&A Waterfront has opened its R180m extension, adding 4 000sqm of retail space to the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. The renovations include adding a third lower level and a parking entrance to its now 88 647 sqm complex, which houses over 450 retail outlets, 80 eateries, five undercover parking garages…
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Qatar adds third destination in Malaysia

Qatar Airways will launch flights to Langkawi (LGK), Malaysia, on October 15. The flights will operate via Penang. This will be the airline’s third destination in Malaysia after Penang (PEN) and Kuala Lumpur. Initially, the service will run four times weekly, with an increase from October 27 to five weekly flights. The route will be…
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Delta continues to enhance corporate experience

DELTA Air Lines constantly looks to enhance the corporate travel experience, which is why the airline places emphasis on being on time and offering convenient connections via its US hubs for customers to reach their final destinations. According to Bobby Bryan, the airline’s commercial director – Africa, one new initiative this year in addition to introducing…
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Qantas ups international carry-on bag allowance

Qantas has increased the carry-on weight limit in first class, business class and premium economy on international flights. Passengers are now able to bring a cabin bag weighing up to 10kg, compared with the previous 7kg cap. The move brings Qantas’s international baggage policy in line with that of its domestic flights, which may aid…
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Virgin Atlantic, GOL announce codeshare

Virgin Atlantic and GOL have signed a codeshare agreement that allows customers better connections between Virgin Atlantic’s new London Heathrow-São Paulo service on to flights across Brazil. The agreement will offer connections via GOL’s extensive domestic network to 37 destinations across Brazil, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife. The two airlines plan to expand…
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Singapore introduces new wellness menus

Singapore Airlines has partnered with wellness brand COMO Shambhala to create new meals on selected flights from this month. The dishes have been created to alleviate travel-induced stresses such as fatigue, as well as promote good digestion and circulation. Offerings include spiced buckwheat and pumpkin pancakes for breakfast, coconut poached fish for dinner, and COMO…
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