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Cape Town International Airport to be renamed after Nelson Mandela
Cape Town International Airport to be renamed after Nelson Mandela

NEWSWATCH: Airports Company SA has announced that Cape Town International Airport will be renamed but, despite Julius Malema's suggestion, not after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela...

By Ilse van den Berg 16 Apr 2018

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Increase in Edelweiss Air flights show European appetite for Cape Town

Edelweiss Air is adding an additional weekly flight between Zurich and Cape Town from October 2018, increasing the number of direct seasonal flights between the cities from three to four a week...

16 Apr 2018

Lufthansa Group to give Airbus A320 Family new seats
Lufthansa Group to give Airbus A320 Family new seats

Lufthansa Group customers will have access to new seats on short/medium-haul routes with the start of the planned Airbus A320 Family aircraft deliveries in 2019...

13 Apr 2018

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South African tourism holding steady

South African Tourism, asserts optimistically that the current water crisis may actually help position the country as a global leader in sustainable tourism practices, including the judicious use of water...

By Kerry Dimmer 13 Apr 2018

Air France's Joon officially takes over Cape Town route
Air France's Joon officially takes over Cape Town route

NEWSWATCH: Air France has announced that its 'baby sister' airline, Joon, has taken over the direct route between Cape Town and Paris...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

What you need to apply for your Schengen visa in 2018
What you need to apply for your Schengen visa in 2018

South Africans planning a trip to EU countries, that require a Schengen visa, should be prepared for a stricter application process (and longer turnaround time) than in the past...

Issued by SA Airlines 10 Apr 2018

KZN's North Coast a destination treasure trove for economic growth
KZN's North Coast a destination treasure trove for economic growth

According to Grant Thornton research, KwaZulu-Natal's North Coast has attracted more than 800,000 visitors between March 2017 and February 2018 and is considered a treasured leisure destination...

10 Apr 2018

FlySafair named Best Airline Africa and Indian Ocean by TripAdvisor travellers
FlySafair named Best Airline Africa and Indian Ocean by TripAdvisor travellers

FlySafair has been named Best Airline Africa and Indian Ocean in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for Airlines, which highlights the world's top carriers...

9 Apr 2018

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February shows rebound in passenger traffic growth

"As expected, we saw a return to stronger demand growth in February, after the temporary slowdown in January. This is supported by a robust economic backdrop and solid business confidence."

6 Apr 2018

Reimagining the golden age of air travel
Reimagining the golden age of air travel

'The golden age of air travel' could be imagined as immaculately-dressed passengers being served sumptuous meals - from those photos where they looked effortlessly elegant, as though stepping off the set of Mad Men. However, it's all about how you define a golden era...

5 Apr 2018

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Why South Africa's unabridged birth certificate regulation should be revoked

The regulation affects all travellers, regardless of nationality, who travel to and from South Africa with children. It's a demanding expectation of foreign families, particularly those who book trips to South Africa without having heard of the documents...

4 Apr 2018

Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel
Consumerisation of travel: Millennials changing the face of business travel

Millennials will soon become the largest group of travel customers, driving the evolution of the industry with a demand for cutting-edge digital solutions and a thirst for more 'bleisure'...

3 Apr 2018

LAM, Fastjet signs MoU to stimulate commercial aviation
LAM, Fastjet signs MoU to stimulate commercial aviation

LAM - Mozambique Airlines and Fastjet have announced the joint signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to explore long-term commercial cooperation...

23 Mar 2018

New competition launches to improve ease, enjoyment of African air travel
New competition launches to improve ease, enjoyment of African air travel

An innovation competition addressing the question 'What information, tools or technology will first-time air travellers in Africa need to make their journeys easy, successful and enjoyable?' has been launched by the UK-based SITA Air Transport Community Foundation, in conjunction with Wits University and the Tshimologong Precinct...

22 Mar 2018

IFEC product standpoints for African airlines, tech-savvy passengers and content producers
IFEC product standpoints for African airlines, tech-savvy passengers and content producers

As the exciting IFEC revolution takes shape, African airlines must comply by providing their tech-savvy passengers unrivalled customer experience onboard and African content producers a golden opportunity to tell the African story 35,000 feet in the air...

By Kevin Odhiambo Opiyo 19 Mar 2018

Is international travel really cheaper than local travel?
Is international travel really cheaper than local travel?

Many South Africans hold firmly on to the belief that it is cheaper to visit Thailand or Zanzibar than to trek to the coastlines of Cape Town or Durban. However, put this theory to the test, and you'll see this assumption simply isn't true...

By Sharmila Ragunanan 19 Mar 2018

How the free movement of people could benefit Africa
How the free movement of people could benefit Africa

Tourism in the Seychelles increased by 7% annually between 2009 and 2014 when the country abolished visas for African nationals. By 2015, thanks to increased revenues, it had become a high-income country with thriving real estate, aviation and service industries...

By Tshepo T. Gwatiwa, Michael Noel Sam 15 Mar 2018

Virgin Atlantic unveils three new ways to fly as part of multimillion-pound investment in economy
Virgin Atlantic unveils three new ways to fly as part of multimillion-pound investment in economy

Virgin Atlantic has announced the launch of three new ways to fly economy as part of a multimillion-pound investment in the cabin for the 21st century traveller...

Issued by Urban Espresso 14 Mar 2018

Celebrations as Mauritius marks 50th year of independence
Celebrations as Mauritius marks 50th year of independence

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is marking an important milestone this week, with various events and activities underway to celebrate the island's 50 years of independence, as well as it's 26th anniversary as a republic...

13 Mar 2018

WTM Africa 2018 to highlight investment in Africa
WTM Africa 2018 to highlight investment in Africa

WTM Africa 2018 is excited to announce its inaugural WTM Africa Tourism Investors' Forum, a platform dedicated to connecting ministers of tourism from countries across the continent, with eager investors...

Issued by World Travel Market Africa 12 Mar 2018

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IATA global passenger traffic results reflect slowest year-over-year increase

IATA's global passenger traffic results for January 2018 show that traffic rose by 4.6% compared to that of January 2017. These results indicate the slowest year-over-year increase in nearly four years...

9 Mar 2018

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Emirates goes behind the scenes for International Women's Day

The video shows Emirates' female employees carrying out all key activities for the operation of flight EK 225 from Dubai to San Francisco. A team of over 75 women from more than 25 nationalities worked on the flight...

9 Mar 2018

Where to travel with a stronger rand in 2018
Where to travel with a stronger rand in 2018

A stronger rand means more affordable holiday destinations. Here are some of the less obvious countries where the cost of living is a little cheaper...

Issued by Domestic Flights South Africa 8 Mar 2018

Alitalia, Kenya Airways and Joon open up new direct flight routes to South Africa
Alitalia, Kenya Airways and Joon open up new direct flight routes to South Africa

For travellers looking for cheap international flights direct to Rome, Nairobi and Paris from South Africa, recent news from three of the world's most respected airlines will be greeted with open arms!...

Issued by Cheap International Flights 8 Mar 2018

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Three African airports honoured at Airport Service Quality Awards

Airports Company South Africa's George Airport and King Shaka International, as well as another African airport, Nairobi Airport, were honoured at the ACI Airport Service Quality Awards...

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Mar 2018

Eight countries South African passport holders can visit without a visa
Eight countries South African passport holders can visit without a visa

These are the top eight holiday destinations to add to your travel list for 2018 that don't require any time to fill out lengthy visa application forms...

Issued by SA Airlines 7 Mar 2018

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Airlink Pretoria-Cape Town route suspended

Airlink has announced the suspension of air services on its Pretoria-Cape Town route effective 8 May 2018...

7 Mar 2018

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Cape Town International sets new record in arrivals

CTIA has recorded a total of 10.7 million domestic and international passengers in 2017 according to data received from ACSA. This new record for the airport has been achieved due to a 20% year-on-year increase in international passengers...

2 Mar 2018

Western Cape microsite launched to assist tourism trade in answering Cape drought questions
Western Cape microsite launched to assist tourism trade in answering Cape drought questions

The key objective of the microsite is to get a single, unified message out that the Cape is open for business and provide the trade with up-to-date information relevant to their business...

1 Mar 2018

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