30 March 2015 // Archives

SAA’S ABU DHABI LAUNCH INTRODUCES NEW INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY

SOUTH African Airways’ launch in Abu Dhabi over the weekend has introduced more than 1,000 extra connections to key markets in the Middle East, India and South East Asia. The airline said it is still exploring opportunities to open ...
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100 AIRLINES SIGNED ON FOR TRAVELPORT’S MERCHANDISING DISPLAY SOLUTION

TRAVELPORT subscribers can now book ancillary and merchandising product for 100 airlines subscribed to the travel commerce company’s Rich Content and Branding GDS display solution. The company is aiming to reach 150 sign-ups in 2015. During last month’s e-volve ...
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AIRLINES REVIEW COCKPIT RULES AFTER GERMANWINGS DISASTER

MORE overseas airlines are expected to implement new cockpit rules after a provisional investigation into last week’s Germanwings crash in the French Alps found the aircraft’s descent appeared to have been ‘deliberate’. All 144 passengers and six crew ...
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EXPANDED MSC SINFONIA MAKES ITS DEBUT IN ITALY

MSC Cruises’ South Africa ship, the MSC Sinfonia, has returned to service after a major expansion and refurbishment project was completed last week. The vessel returns to South Africa later this year for the start of the 2015/16 ...
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FASTJET ZIMBABWE CLOSER TO LAUNCH

FASTJET has hinted at the introduction of new regional routes, including Johannesburg, when its new operation in Zimbabwe takes off. Fastjet confirmed last week it had been granted an Air Service Permit by Zimbabwe. The company said it was ...
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DELAYS CLEARED FOR CAPE TOWN CRUISE TERMINAL

BOTTLENECKS which have stalled the development of a new cruise ship facility in Cape Town are being cleared, with the bidding process to operate the facility due to conclude next month. The Transnet National Ports Authority confirmed it planned ...
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> Hertz Rent-a-Car is offering a 20 percent discount on car hire for all delegates attending the Association of Southern African Travel Agents’ annual conference, being held at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban from May 22 – 25 . Booking reference: 808120 CDP. SAA has also provided a 25 percent discount on fares for travel to and from Johannesburg, subject to availability. Contact maddy@asata.co.za for flight queries and bookings.

> EgyptAir’s family fare promotion ends Tuesday (March 31).  Valid for families of four travelling together until May 31, including Paris from R29,024 and Amsterdam from R26,991.

> Mantis is to develop a new four-star hotel on Saint Helena, which will open in the first half of 2016. Comair has also been named as the preferred bidder for the provision of air services to the island out of Johannesburg. The island’s new St Helena Airport is also set to open in 2016.

> Cape Town has placed 10th in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations of the World for 2015. The selection is part of the Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards, in which Tripadvisor used an algorithm to track the quality and quantity of user-review ratings of hotels, attractions and restaurants over a twelve month period. Marrakech took the number one spot, with Rome, Paris and London, Hanoi and Siem Reap also featured in the top 10. Cape Town was the only South African city to feature.

> Air Namibia has adjusted its services between Windhoek and Rundu and Windhoek and Katima Mulilo to arrive and depart from the Hosea Kutako International Airport, rather than the Eros Airport. Flight times for both services have also been changed.

> First Car Rental has added 50 new Honda Brio’s to its fleet. Vehicles will be available from the end of this month and come standard with electric windows, air conditioning, power steering, USB/aux connectivity for the audio system, steering wheel radio controls, dual front airbag safety features.

> Holiday Tours is promoting combination itineraries for Thailand, including eight nights in Phuket and Krabi with flights to and from Phuket and airport to hotel transfers from R11,743 pps. Valid May 1 – October 31.

> Holland America Line’s new 2015 Alaska cruise programme will operate May – September.  There are 124 Alaska voyages, with seven-day roundtrip cruises from Vancouver and Seattle from US$599 pp and 14-day Alaskan Explorer voyages from Seattle from US$1,699 pps.

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