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#AfricaMonth: Pave the way to Open Skies

Although it's certainly not feasible for Africa to have thousands of city pairs because the traveller demand simply doesn't exist, there are several hundred city pairs that would certainly be sustainable...

By Natalia Rosa 16 hours ago

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

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

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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

Andy Hedley, GM Southern Africa, Amadeus
#BizTrends2018: Airlines in the digital realm - putting data in the driving seat

Airlines have never had such access to the brains and feelings of their customers as they do today. By leveraging this data, airlines will be able to start experimenting with creative and fun new tools...

By Andy Hedley 10 Jan 2018

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This Indian airport handled close to 1000 flights in a single day

We're not sure what you were up to Friday night, but an airport in India had no time for partying. In fact, Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport this weekend broke the record for the most number of flights handled in a single day by a single airport...

By Andy Walker 28 Nov 2017

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Cape Town drone company UAV Industries raises $499k

Cape Town-based drone operator UAV Industries has raised R6.84m ($499,000) in funding from Glenheim Venture Capital Company, the first direct investment made by Glenheim's Section 12J fund...

By Tom Jackson 24 Oct 2017

Elon Musk's BFR will fly from London to Cape Town in just 34 minutes
Elon Musk's BFR will fly from London to Cape Town in just 34 minutes

His space exploration company SpaceX is pondering a new method of transporting people from one corner of the Earth to the other. And it involves a space vehicle/rocket system called the BFR...

By Andy Walker 2 Oct 2017

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Nairobi sees 22% boost in domestic air travel capacity

Nairobi is the only city in Africa whose airports are recording higher growth for domestic capacity than that of international capacity, with a 22% boost...

By Josephine Wawira 18 Aug 2017

Africa is vast, ensure aircraft last
Africa is vast, ensure aircraft last

The best way to keep yourself safe in the air is to source components which are trustworthy and vetted before their purchase and installation...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Jun 2017

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Airline PR disasters and the lessons you can learn

In light of the recent news reports on bad customer service on airlines, Aki Kalliatakis from Leadership LaunchPad shares a number of ariline PR disasters and some lessons you can learn from them...

By Aki Kalliatakis 3 May 2017

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Twitter talks security after OR Tambo International heist

Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport was the scene of an estimated US$15 million heist on Tuesday night...

By Andy Walker 9 Mar 2017

BA launches Gatwick/Cape Town flights for summer
BA launches Gatwick/Cape Town flights for summer

BA has upped its capacity to the Mother City by nearly a third for the summer season, including a three-times-a-week service from Gatwick.

By Nicci Botha 28 Nov 2016

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#InnovationMonth: Flourishing in the new age of connection

Futurist, innovator and Autodesk's explorer in residence Jonathan Knowles recently addressed attendees at this year's Autodesk University Extension South Africa (AUx) event...

By Sindy Peters 12 Sep 2016

#CommerceMonth: ACSA elements for e-commerce success
#CommerceMonth: ACSA elements for e-commerce success

ACSA hopped on the e-commerce bandwagon (or should we say flight) and took Duty Free Shopping online, with their own portal. We spoke to Shethal Badal about ACSA's e-commerce journey...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Apr 2016

Martin Modarelli, Commercial Director UK, Nordic Countries and Africa, LATAM
WTM Africa 2016: LATAM Airlines ready to introduce itself to the world

We caught up with Martin Modarelli, globe trotter and commercial director UK, Nordic countries and Africa for LATAM airlines at the LATAM stand to get some more inside info...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Apr 2016

Festive flights: who soared and who was grounded on social media
Festive flights: who soared and who was grounded on social media

If engagement on Facebook is anything to go by, it looks like Mango was a clear winner...

By Nick Paul 16 Mar 2016

Five megatrends set to impact your business
Five megatrends set to impact your business

There are what research group Frost & Sullivan define as 'megatrends' that demand a different and more strategic approach from business leaders...

By Kate Stubbs 18 Jan 2016

[#WomenInBiz] The sky's the limit, Q&A with Jane Trembath
[#WomenInBiz] The sky's the limit, Q&A with Jane Trembath

It was only in 2007 that South Africa had its first female commander on long-range international flights when Jane Trembath took the helm...

By Nicci Botha 10 Aug 2015

Charles Brewer: 2015 to be a year of growth for the logistics industry in Africa
Charles Brewer: 2015 to be a year of growth for the logistics industry in Africa

The World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 conference, held to mark 25 years of economic change in Africa, concluded last week...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Jun 2015

SAA's unfair competitive advantage
SAA's unfair competitive advantage

The plot between Comair and SAA thickens as Comair takes the legal battle against the government's bailouts of SAA to court...

By Tralone Khoza 7 May 2015

How sustainable is SAA's Project Solaris?
How sustainable is SAA's Project Solaris?

South African Airways (SAA) currently imports 100% of its fossil-based jet fuel. That said, the national carrier is currently on a mission to become the most sustainable airline in the world by 2022...

By Sindy Peters 25 Feb 2015

Comair share price doesn't react to FlySafair
Comair share price doesn't react to FlySafair

Is the Johannesburg Stock Exchange efficient at quickly transforming news into share price adjustments? Possibly, but it was surprising that Comair's share price rose on a day when the news broke that FlySafair had received its licence from the Air Services Licencing Council (ASLC).

By Rob Baker 22 Apr 2014

Rise of the smaller airlines
Rise of the smaller airlines

At the start of this year I made 22 predictions for travel in South Africa, one of which was that I expected a new airline to start up. This prediction is coming true, but in a completely unexpected way.

By Rob Baker 24 Feb 2014

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The role of a state-owned airline

Whilst government has a clear role in delivering essential services to the needy, you won't find many of the millions of suffering South Africans at airports or on flights. Quite the opposite in fact, as once you've become a "jetsetter" you've arrived at a space unavailable to the poor. So, why are government involved in the airline industry?

By Rob Baker 9 Oct 2013

SA Express - still trying to figure out its net asset value
SA Express - still trying to figure out its net asset value

The most telling bit of information released about SA Express last week, was on page 165 of the Annual Report of the Department of Public Enterprises: "No impairment for the current year for South African Express (SAX) has been provided as the current year net asset value is not available." Impairments are changes in the value of an asset, which are obviously impossible to specify if one does not know what the value of the asset was at the start and end of the period.

By Rob Baker 30 Sep 2013

Linking you...
Linking you...

Not so long ago, reaching our smaller destinations by air was not as easy as it is now... Now we have Airlink, which has the mission to link the smaller towns, the regional centres and hubs throughout South and southern Africa, in the process making getting around a pleasure that doesn't eat into your holiday time.

By Rod Baker 28 Jun 2013

Chris Moerdyk
Will the R1,5 billion SAA borrowed rescue it?

So, South African Airways (SAA) has just borrowed R1,5 billion from two banks to keep alive while it "waits for government to accept its turnaround strategy."

By Chris Moerdyk 7 May 2013

Business lessons to be learned from 1time airline
Business lessons to be learned from 1time airline

In the preceding week I was looking forward to my flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg over the weekend. However my excitement was short lived; on Friday afternoon I was one among the thousand of people who heard via e.tv news that 1time Airline had filed for liquidation.

By Nthabeleng Meso 6 Nov 2012

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