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Travel 2020: how tech will enhance travel experiences

The World Tourism Organisation estimates 1.8 billion tourists are set to travel globally by 2030.  Going hand in hand with this travelling populace is a technological revolution of sorts. Among the most important and common smart travel offerings are solutions like electronic visa on arrival, eVisa products, biometric smart gates and other smart infrastructure, which…
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Table Mountain Cableway announces annual closing dates

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway will close for annual maintenance to ensure the safety of visitors and smooth and efficient operations. This year the cableway will close for three weeks from July 7-26. For continued compliance with Swiss Governing Body for Cableways standards, maintenance requirements and procedures require a shutdown and cannot be fitted into…
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Coronavirus concern spreads

WHO is currently in the process of deciding whether or not to declare a public health emergency of international concern. According to reports on CNN, the city of Wuhan will temporarily close its airport and railway stations for departing passengers. All public transport services will also be suspended as authorities attempt to contain the virus. The…
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New lounge opens at Netherlands’ airport

Aspire Lounges has opened its latest lounge at the Netherlands’ second biggest airport, Eindhoven Airport. The lounge offers seating for 60 guests, free unlimited WiFi, complimentary food and a bar and is on the first floor of Terminal 1 departures. Aspire Lounges are open to all travellers, regardless of class of travel. Access to the…
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France – strike disrupts flights, travel

A nationwide strike in France has affected hundreds of flights and is disrupting transport networks in some areas. The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has requested that airlines reduce their flights from Paris CDG, Paris Orly, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux airports. In a statement on its website, Air France has advised that 15% of…
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Qantas opens luxury lounge in Singapore

Qantas opened its luxury lounge brand, First Lounge, in Singapore’s Changi Airport on December 2. The lounge will operate in tandem alongside the existing International Business Lounge, providing capacity for 240 customers. Qantas’s first-class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers now have access to four First Lounges worldwide, including those in Sydney and Los Angeles The…
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Trade relieved by SAA plans

The travel trade has expressed relief that an actionable decision has been taken to move SAA forward, following the announcement that the airline will enter business rescue. It’s a great decision and long overdue, says director of TAG, Jonathan Gerber. “The country can’t keep bailing the airline out and it is positive that important decisions have…
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Turkish Airlines announces new China route

Turkish Airlines will commence a flight to Xi’an in December. The initial three times a week service is expected to gradually increase in the 2020 summer schedule. Bookings for Istanbul to Xi’an opened on November 14. By the end of the year, an Airbus A330-200 is scheduled to fly the route. Flight TK196 depart Istanbul…
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SAA suspends JNB-HKG service

South African Airways (SAA) will suspend flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong from Saturday, November 23 until December 14. The airline says it needs to recover from losses incurred on the route, which used to operate four times weekly, and refocus its resources. SAA plans to implement a re-accommodation policy for customers booked on services…
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SAA CANCELS FLIGHTS FOR FRIDAY, SATURDAY AHEAD OF STRIKE

SAA has, however, clarified that partner airlines, including SA Express, Mango and SA Airlink will not be affected by the cancellations. In anticipation of a strike by unions, South African Airways (SAA) has decided to cancel all domestic and international flights for Friday and Saturday. Unions including Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association have served…
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