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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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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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