Category: Airlines

Comair is back in business!

Comair has opened bookings for domestic services and will operate flights from December 9, despite a last-minute attempt by Numsa to get an interdict from the Labour Court to declare that Comair employees were not bound by the terms of the collective agreement signed during September. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Travel News that the…
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Cathay delays comeback

Cathay Pacific has no immediate plans to return to South Africa and has suspended flight schedules until March 31, 2021.  “Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, sluggish international travel demand as well as the dynamic travel and quarantine restrictions, Cathay Pacific Airways has temporarily suspended flights between South Africa and Hong Kong until March 31, 2021,” said a…
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CemAir eyes Africa

CemAir has applied for a licence to operate scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Lagos, Luanda, Lusaka, Ndola, Lubumbashi, Dar es Salaam, Maputo and Accra. Currently, CemAir operates only domestic routes on a scheduled basis, although it has operated and continues to operate charter flights into Africa. The airline joins Airlink in expanding its network into…
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FlySafair and Emirates tie the knot

Emirates and FlySafair have announced an interline agreement, opening up connections for each airline’s passengers to the network of the other. This means that outbound South Africans have access to the vast EK network and inbound passengers may book straight-through tickets to FlySafair destinations in South Africa. The issuing of a single ticket and through-tagging…
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Emirates relaunches STPC programme

Emirates relaunched its Dubai Connect (STPC) product this month. The programme has introduced a new minimum transit time of 10 hours for first-, business- and economy-class passengers. Minimum fare qualifications have also changed for some regions and can be viewed on the Emirates Partners Portal. Dubai Connect packages include hotel accommodation for passengers who meet…
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No Qantas bookings for SA until Q4 2021

Qantas has announced that no bookings on the South Africa, UK and US routes can be made until late October 2021. In a recent statement about changes to its Northern summer booking schedule, the Australian carrier said: “Qantas has temporarily stopped selling some international routes until the end of October 2021, due to market uncertainty…
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Adieu, Etihad

Etihad Airways is closing its office in South Africa and has confirmed that it will not operate to or from South Africa during the winter 2020/21 season. But Travel News understands that the employment contracts of local staff have already been terminated, which makes it seem unlikely that Etihad will indeed return to SA skies after the…
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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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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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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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