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Airlines still scrambling to fill the gap after Comair's departure
It's been over two months since Comair closed its doors, leaving domestic carriers, the likes of FlySafair, Lift Airlines and Airlink with almost 40% fewer available seats. Since then, SA airlines have been frantically adding routes and increasing their fleets to steer away from inevitable price hikes and shortages. 8 Aug 2022 Read more

Summer travel in South Africa
Despite a lack of fanfare, the recent lifting of all safety regulations pertaining to Covid came as a welcome surprise to travellers eyeing South Africa for a summer holiday. 13 Jul 2022 Read more

Airlines vying for new international routes from South Africa in 2022
The airline industry is working hard to recover some of the losses incurred over the last two years to preserve jobs and keep tourism alive in South Africa and across the globe. Keep reading to see which airlines are involved and where they plan to travel too soon. 6 Jun 2022 Read more

How will Airlink's Durban to Harare flights benefit the economy
Airlink will launch direct scheduled flights between Durban and Harare, Zimbabwe from 5 April. The airline is confident that this measure will increase trade and cooperation between the two southern African states, both reeling under the effects of the pandemic. 8 Mar 2022 Read more

Cape culture as a tourism booster
Cape Town is world-renowned as a hub of refined culture, excellent cuisine, spectacular art, and fascinating museums. Now the city's drawing the crowds thanks to a related, but less mainstream attraction. 8 Feb 2022 Read more

Island retreats for South Africans - What's on and what's off
The latest round of travel bans implemented at the end of November put paid to travel plans to many people hailing from southern Africa or intending to visit these countries. It was a move that pushed an already depressed travel industry almost to the brink of extinction. 10 Jan 2022 Read more

Beat the travel bans - Let them inspire your travels instead
International travel bans on the verge of our busiest holiday season are the last thing South Africa needs right now. Yet, there are ways to turn these tragedies into a good thing for your holiday plans this summer. 13 Dec 2021 Read more

Travel solutions on the horizon for South African tourism
In the aftermath of the 2020 lockdown, South Africa faces two major issues. These are an economic slump and a tourism industry that's suffered enormously under restricted movement. Now, businesses and airlines are suggesting a first step to combat both these issues. 8 Nov 2021 Read more

South Africans are discovering a world of travel options
International travel might be off the cards for many South Africans right now thanks to bans, restrictions, and all manner of lists, but that's proving to be a great thing for South Africans wanting to explore whether South Africa truly is a world in one country. 5 Oct 2021 Read more

SA's airline industry springs back into action this season
As the wheels of travel start to turn once again, the most debated news this month is SAA's questionable return to the skies, but who else is back in action in time for the summer? These are the airlines currently flying and what they offer. So, get inspired and let's get back to exploring our lovely country. 6 Sep 2021 Read more

Need to travel in August - who's flying now?
Another month has heralded another change in what's allowed or not allowed in the realm of travel in South Africa. What's more, airlines are increasingly changing schedules and grounding flights, which only adds to the confusion involved in getting airborne. 10 Aug 2021 Read more

South Africa rejects Delta flights to Cape Town
Delta Airlines is planning a return to South Africa in August, but the SA government has foiled their plans to extend its route to fly from Johannesburg to Cape Town. US travellers can still fly with Delta's partners or enjoy cheap flights to Cape Town with local SA Airlines. 6 Jul 2021 Read more

United Airlines launches direct flights to Johannesburg from New York
One of the United States of America's dominant domestic and international carriers, United Airlines, is determined to bounce back after pandemic restrictions. The airline has recently introduced a host of new routes to its portfolio, including direct flights to Johannesburg. 3 Jun 2021 Read more

South Africans should make the most of low airfares right now
The global pandemic has had a devastating effect on the travel industry as a whole, but it's been especially hard for the airlines. While this is bad news for the airline industry, it's good news for travellers. 4 May 2021 Read more

Back to business as usual for South Africa's airlines at last
South Africa's troubled airline industry is slowly getting off the ground as Covid-19 eases off again in the country and the vaccination programme continues. Kulula is the latest of South Africa's airlines to resume a semblance of normal operations. 12 Apr 2021 Read more

Travel locally now, you'll be so glad you did
With international travel off the cards right now, more South Africans are discovering why millions of tourists head south every year. Why go anywhere else when you've got it all right here? 2 Mar 2021 Read more

South Africa's airlines look to local travellers for support
The travel industry is in dire straits the world around after almost a year of strict travel restrictions that has seen casualties across the board. Now, SA airlines are turning inward to try and save their businesses by sweetening the deal for local travellers. 9 Feb 2021 Read more

Air travel 101 for 2021: Travel in and out of South Africa
We'd barely finished the leftovers from Christmas dinner before the coronavirus pandemic cut the celebrations short with a new level of restrictions to carry us into the new year. How have these regulations impacted the air travel industry? 11 Jan 2021 Read more

Hope is in the air for Comair and Kulula
Comair opted to quit while they were ahead in May this year, and it looks like the gamble's paid off. Thanks to investors, and a favourable ruling from the Competition Tribunal, Comair could be back on track as early as December this year. 5 Nov 2020 Read more

South African air travel innovation in the wake of the pandemic's founder Gidon Novick is changing things up on the travel front once again as he prepares to launch an innovative new airline. 5 Oct 2020 Read more

Safari lodges offer clean air and open spaces as travel reopens
At last South Africans are free to travel all over their beautiful country again but where should they head to first? Business might be winding up again, but all the risk is far from past, so it makes sense to choose a crowd-free destination for your first trip. 3 Sep 2020 Read more

South Africa prepares for the ultimate re-opening of tourism
Inbound international travel might still be a way off for South African tourism, but at last there's light at the end of the tunnel. 6 Aug 2020 Read more

Safe travel through SA's airports in a time of Covid-19
Times are 'a changing' for the travel industry with sweeping safety measures in place across the board. This is what travellers can expect when flying to and from one of South Africa's airports and how to stay safe in the process. 10 Jul 2020 Read more

The world may be on pause but your travel planning needn't be
Chances are your long-awaited holiday's been put on hold thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but there's nothing to stop you planning the next one. Truth is, you could be jetting off to distant shores sooner than you think. 8 Apr 2020 Read more

British Airways picks up the slack between Cape Town and London
On Thursday, 20 February 2020, the UK's flag carrier airline, British Airways, made an announcement that it would be adding three additional weekly flights between London and Cape Town. The new flights will officially commence from 30 March until 19 April 2020. 2 Mar 2020 Read more

Maximising leave in 2020 to make the most of your holidays
South Africans who are determined to travel more and stress less this year will be happy to discover that there are twelve public holidays with four long weekends set to take place in 2020. These long weekends are great opportunities for them to maximise their leave and enjoy even more holiday time. 4 Feb 2020 Read more

South Africa stepping up as a tourist destination of choice for millennials
South Africa is rising to the challenge of attracting millennial travellers to our shores with almost four million millennials visiting the country last year. These travellers are changing the way that the travel industry tailors experiences and markets destinations for years. Now, as millennials age, there are new aspects to consider, which changes the playing field. 15 Jan 2020 Read more

SAA is broken - But can it be fixed?
Following the week-long strike which cost SAA an estimated R50m per day, the airline's future remains uncertain. 3 Dec 2019 Read more

SAA announces expanded codeshare with Air Seychelles to New York
SAA has announced that it will be expanding its codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles to New York, effective from 1 November 2019. 5 Nov 2019 Read more

Parliament considers plan to merge SA's state-funded airlines
Parliament is currently considering a proposal to merge SA's state-funded airlines, SAA, SA Express and Mango Airlines, in an effort to cut costs. 8 Oct 2019 Read more

SAA cuts flights to Dakar but adds more to Accra
SAA is strengthening its ties with Ghana following the airline's partnership with Ghana-based, Africa World Airlines (AWA), by adding more flights to Accra and suspending all flights to Dakar. 5 Sep 2019 Read more

New state-funded planes for SAA with more legroom and lie-flat beds
SAA receives state funding for new planes with a host of exciting new features following the resignation of CEO, Vuyani Jarana, due to alleged lack of government support. 5 Aug 2019 Read more

Mobile devices permitted in-flight on Kulula Airlines
South Africa's low cost airline, Kulula Airlines has announced that passengers will be allowed to use portable electronic devices throughout its flights. This includes tablets, smart watches, phones, MP3 players and laptops. 5 Jul 2019 Read more

SAA launches new Joburg to Guangzhou route
South African Airways announced that it will be introducing direct flights from Johannesburg to Guangzhou, South China this year, 2019, from 19 September. 5 Jun 2019 Read more

SAA adds new non-stop flights to the Maldives
South African Airways are set to provide an extra 24 non-stop charter flights to the southern-most tip of the Maldives in October 2019. Operating out of Johannesburg, the South African international carrier was the first to introduce the non-stop flight to Gan International Airport in November last year in time for the holiday season. The airport is situated 0.65 degrees south of the Equator and is just a short boat charter from many of the Maldives exquisite beach resorts. 7 May 2019 Read more

What we know about Boeing 737 MAX 8
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight that crashed early last month after taking off from Addis Ababa caused worldwide panic after the same type of aircraft, operated by Lion Air, had crashed just months before killing all 189 people on board. 3 Apr 2019 Read more

South African travellers are still travelling despite economic woes
Despite a tough economic climate, South African consumers are still finding cost-effective ways to travel both locally and internationally. 6 Mar 2019 Read more

5 strong-rand holiday destinations for 2019
A weak South African rand has been getting a lot of bad press and has made travelling to some parts of the world difficult for locals, particularly when measured against the dollar, pound, and euro. 8 Feb 2019 Read more

Kulula fights long queues and continues to win top SA awards
The stress of queueing at airports for check-ins and boarding has been acknowledged by one of the country's leading domestic airlines, and they're offering a solution. 8 Jan 2019 Read more

British Airways introduces new flights and routes between UK and South Africa
On a busy day London's Heathrow Airport can make up to 66,000 connections per day. Included in these are the popular flights between London and Johannesburg. British Airways announced in October that it has increased these to an extra four flights a week, which means a total of 18 weekly flights are now available on this route. 7 Dec 2018 Read more

Comair gets technical service help from overseas despite another SAA bailout
Just prior to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announcement of another restructure of embattled national carrier, SAA, Comair announced that it is moving its maintenance requirements overseas. 7 Nov 2018 Read more

New visa rules overhaul to benefit tourism and tourists to South Africa
In an attempt to win back tourists lost through the controversial travel requirement for children, South Africa will finally be loosening its visa rules. These are some of the proposed changes and what you need to know. 5 Oct 2018 Read more

Boarding on time - How our airlines stack up
Globally, airlines are judged by their punctuality, and airlines that don't adhere to strict punctuality guidelines create chaos with flight schedules and are heavily penalised. 10 Sep 2018 Read more

Travelling with kids? Home Affairs tables changes to unabridged birth certificate legislation
Children will no longer need unabridged birth certificates to travel in and out of South Africa on SA Airlines or indeed any other major international airlines. But there's a catch. As part of a drive to modernise their processes, Home Affairs have dropped the need for children to travel with unabridged birth certificates - but only if both parents are listed in the child's passport. 7 Aug 2018 Read more

When you should (or shouldn't) bother with travel insurance
No matter what your holiday plans involve, whenever you open a travel brochure advertising an island getaway, book a cheap flight to Durban, or visit a travel agent to discuss a trip to Europe, there is an insistence that you pay for travel insurance. 6 Jul 2018 Read more

Why Cape Town is still a top tourist hotspot in 2018
While the laid-back attitude of Capetonians drives the folk from fast-paced Joburg crazy, Cape Town's award-winning tourism reputation, that often sees it listed in "World's Best" categories, seems to be unstoppable. 5 Jun 2018 Read more

Four secrets to finding the cheapest flights
Even travel experts will tell you that booking cheap flights is not as easy as the airlines will have you believe with their clever slogans and enticing advertising. These four tips and tricks will ensure that the flight you choose really is the best deal available at the time. 4 May 2018 Read more

What you need to apply for your Schengen visa in 2018
South Africans planning a trip on SA Airlines or other international airlines to EU countries, that require a Schengen visa, should be prepared for a stricter application process (and longer turnaround time) than in the past. Globally, South Africa is earmarked as a country with a risk of fraudulent documentation being submitted, and European countries have imposed much stricter controls to curb the high incidence of visas being wrongfully issued. 10 Apr 2018 Read more

Eight countries South African passport holders can visit without a visa
A common misconception is that travelling on a South African passport is limiting and incurs huge visa costs. While this may be true for some countries, there are a total of ninety countries that welcome South Africans visa-free. 7 Mar 2018 Read more