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#WTMA17: WTM Africa closes its doors on a high-note
#WTMA17: WTM Africa closes its doors on a high-note

With buyers from 45 countries, over 8,000 pre-scheduled appointments confirmed and an increase in exhibitors from 2016, WTM Africa 2017 closed its doors on a high-note...

3 days ago

WTM Africa 2017 saw over 700 exhibitors present, with over 8,000 pre-scheduled appointments for the duration of the show
#WTMA17: WTM Africa celebrates an impressive second day

Reporting over 8,000 pre-scheduled appointments between local and international buyers and exhibitors for the duration of the show, WTM Africa celebrated an impressive second day...

3 days ago

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Emirates cuts flights to US as demand weakens

Emirates has announced that it will reduce flights to the United States after tightened visa and security measures under president Donald Trump hit demand...

3 days ago

Canada's Westjet to launch ultra low-cost airline
Canada's Westjet to launch ultra low-cost airline

MONTREAL, Canada: Canada's second-biggest airline Westjet announced plans Thursday to launch a new ultra-low cost, no-frills service for domestic travellers...

3 days ago

Qantas curates top Australian artwork for its business class amenity kits
Qantas curates top Australian artwork for its business class amenity kits

Qantas will be featuring the work of Australia's leading artists, photographers and digital influencers on its international business class amenity kits...

20 Apr 2017

#WTMA17: CTICC abuzz on first day of WTM Africa 2017
#WTMA17: CTICC abuzz on first day of WTM Africa 2017

The CTICC was abuzz as travel trade show, World Travel Market Africa 2017, opened its floors and doors to inbound and outbound travel professionals

19 Apr 2017

Flights resume as NCAA certifies Abuja airport
Flights resume as NCAA certifies Abuja airport

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has formally reopened for operations after six weeks of closure with an Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900, the first plane to land at the repaired runway....

19 Apr 2017

Roll-out of Qantas inflight Wi-Fi underway
Roll-out of Qantas inflight Wi-Fi underway

Following months of performance testing, Wi-Fi will now operate in beta mode on a single Boeing 737 aircraft so customers can test it out for themselves on selected flights while Qantas continues to fine-tune the system.

14 Apr 2017

Travelling abroad? Here's your travel checklist
Travelling abroad? Here's your travel checklist

The biggest problems travellers regularly encounter are due to lack of proper preparation such as not checking to make sure their passports are valid for at least six months...

13 Apr 2017

George Airport upgrades to accommodate larger aircraft
George Airport upgrades to accommodate larger aircraft

George Airport has gotten the go-ahead from the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (SACCA) to upgrade from a CAT 7 aerodrome to a CAT 8 aerodrome...

11 Apr 2017

Lufthansa launches cricket-themed campaign
Lufthansa launches cricket-themed campaign

Lufthansa has launched a marketing campaign celebrating more flights to India, pitching its shoot at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium...

11 Apr 2017

First Wing - direct access to lounges
British Airways investing millions of pounds in enhancing customer experience

From new lounges to the latest generation Wi-Fi, British Airways recently launched its investment plans for customers with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all...

10 Apr 2017

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Demand for air travel still on the rise, says Iata

The airline industry has continued to show modest growth despite uncertainty in global policy, such as US-imposed travel restrictions. The industry witnessed year-on-year passenger growth of 8.6%...

By Karl Gernetzky 7 Apr 2017

Emirates allows passengers to borrow tablets on US-bound flights
Emirates allows passengers to borrow tablets on US-bound flights

As part of this latest service, Emirates premium customers will have Microsoft Surface tablets equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 available for loan onboard...

7 Apr 2017

Fastjet taking you places with its new campaign
Fastjet taking you places with its new campaign

With the aim to better connect African customers with the airline and encourage them to become frequent fliers, fastjet has launched a new, strategic 'Taking you Places' campaign...

7 Apr 2017

Cathay Pacific bag tag
Cathay Pacific Kiosk allows passengers to print their own bag tags

Passengers can now print their own bag tags and tag their own luggage at a Cathay Pacific Kiosk machine, where they can also print the number of bag tags they require according to the specified luggage allowance...

6 Apr 2017

Mozambique introduces visas on arrival
Mozambique introduces visas on arrival

A government-issued notice has confirmed that citizens from countries that require visas to enter Mozambique will be able to get these on arrival at 44 border posts in Mozambique, including Maputo International Airport...

5 Apr 2017

Emirates, Etihad to boost screening on Australia flights
Emirates, Etihad to boost screening on Australia flights

Emirates and Etihad airlines will tighten screening for passengers flying to Australia this week after the country imposed new requirements for enhanced explosives detection...

3 Apr 2017

Mango chairman moving to London-listed Fastjet
Mango chairman moving to London-listed Fastjet

Rashid Wally, chairman of low-cost airline Mango, has resigned and taken up a similar role at the African airline Fastjet in London...

By Karl Gernetzky 3 Apr 2017

South African Airways garners prestigious awards from Business Traveler magazine
South African Airways garners prestigious awards from Business Traveler magazine

For the 10th consecutive year, SAA has been voted by readers to be the Best Airline in Africa and has received top honours for the Best Business Class to Africa...

Issued by South African Airways 31 Mar 2017

Traditional Zimbabwean dancers welcome Ethiopian Airlines's inaugural flight into Victoria Falls International Airport
Ethiopian Airlines' new Victoria Falls route a catalyst for tourism growth

The launch of Ethiopian Airlines' new route into Victoria Falls has been hailed “a significant catalyst for tourism growth in Zimbabwe and across the region.”

31 Mar 2017

eHomeAffairs making passport applications easier
eHomeAffairs making passport applications easier

eHomeAffairs enables South Africans to submit their application and pay online, or if they live in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria, they can step into their local bank...

30 Mar 2017

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SA can expect an influx of international visitors over Easter

South Africans can prepare for an influx of foreign visitors over the Easter week with data pulled by Cheapflights showing a 61% surge in searches for travel into South Africa over this period...

28 Mar 2017

Emirates introduces complimentary electronic device handling service for US flights
Emirates introduces complimentary electronic device handling service for US flights

Emirates passengers travelling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilise their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys as well as during transit in Dubai after which they must declare and hand over their devices...

27 Mar 2017

Gold Travel's new look
Gold Travel rebrands and expands

Gold Travel, long-standing Cape Town corporate travel management company with a track record of over 40 years in the industry, recently revealed its new look...

24 Mar 2017

Ban on electronic devices will affect SA travellers
Ban on electronic devices will affect SA travellers

South Africans travelling to the UK and USA will no longer be allowed to use their laptops, iPads, tablets, kindles or e-readers inflight...

23 Mar 2017

UN agency: Individual nations should decide on aeroplane laptop ban
UN agency: Individual nations should decide on aeroplane laptop ban

MONTREAL, Canada: It is for each country to decide whether to take security measures such as the British and US partial ban on electronics in commercial aeroplanes...

23 Mar 2017

Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom
Africa's dramatic decline in travel freedom

African countries account for 16 of the 20 biggest fallers on the annual Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index over the last decade, with the continent as a whole suffering the most dramatic decline in travel freedom...

22 Mar 2017

Canada weighs banning on-flight electronics
Canada weighs banning on-flight electronics

OTTAWA, Canada: Canada is considering prohibiting personal electronics onboard flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa...

22 Mar 2017

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