15 September 2014 // Archives

HOME AFFAIRS’ TASK TEAM TO FOCUS ON PRACTICALITIES OF NEW RULES

HOME Affairs is to work jointly with airline and travel agent organisations in South Africa, including the Association of Southern African Travel Agents, to review unintended consequences of the implementation of new immigration requirements. This follows a meeting between ...
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MSC SHAKES UP ITS 2015/16 SA SUMMER LINE-UP

MSC CRUISES has firmed up its line-up for the 2015/16 South African summer season, with the stretched MSC Sinfonia returning to local waters for another single-ship season after significant upgrades of onboard facilities have been completed. The MSC Armonia ...
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AIR FRANCE WARNS OF MASS CANCELLATIONS AS PILOTS CALL STRIKE

AIR France has waived cancellation fees and offered passengers the opportunity to rebook ahead of a planned five-day strike by its pilots, due to commence today (Monday). The airline warned as much as half of all flights could ...
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MANGO PROFITS SOAR

MANGO Airlines has declared a net profit of R40-million for the 12 months ending March 31 – a record figure for the airline. The carrier, which launched its first international route to Zanzibar during that period, attributed the growth ...
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HEATHROW WORKS TO LIMIT STRIKE DELAYS

HIGH-LEVEL talks to avert further strike action by ground handlers at Heathrow are expected to resume promptly after thousands of passengers faced lengthy delays due to last week’s 24-hour strike by airport ground handlers. Extra staff were drafted in an ...
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FLEET INVESTMENT STRATEGY PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR COMAIR

NEW cost-saving initiatives and the acquisition of more fuel efficient aircraft has helped Comair ride out still high fuel costs, currency fluctuations and a smaller passenger market to attain another year of profitability. According to the results for the ...
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TRAVELPORT INTRODUCES NEW LEADERSHIP FOR SADC STATES

FORMER Senior Director of Travelport in Asia, George Harb, has assumed his new role as Travelport’s Senior Regional Director, Southern Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He was appointed to the position at the start of the second quarter and ...
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AIR SEYCHELLES ADDS TWO NEW DESTINATIONS

AIR SEYCHELLES will launch its first flights to Dar es Salaam and, subject to government approval, Antananarivo, in time for the peak South African holiday season. Both new services are set to launch December 3, with two frequencies each ...
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> South African Tourism is to begin the process of recruiting a new Chief Marketing Officer, following Jan Hutton’s resignation last week. Ms. Hutton is leaving the organisation to pursue other interests.

> Réunion Island Tourism will host a three-day ‘speed-dating’ product roadshow, in Durban, September 29; Cape Town, September 30 and Johannesburg, October 1. For more details and to register: emma.bonvalot-noirot@atout-france.fr

> Insight Vacations is promoting several 2015 Egypt itineraries, with departures available from January. Options include an eight-night Wonders of Egypt tour, which includes a Nile River cruise and stop in Luxor, from R22,700 pps.

> Holiday Tours has seven nights at the Maldives Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa from R27,995 pps, including breakfast and dinner, return flights ex-JNB and return speedboat transfers. Valid October 1 – 31.

> Etihad will operate a second daily frequency between Abu Dhabi and Karachi from November 18. The additional service will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320, configured with 16 seats in business class and 120 in economy.

> Etihad has opened a new arrivals lounge at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, available exclusively to First and Business Class passengers. Services and facilities include shower units, complimentary clothes steaming, a relaxation area and an on-site meetings and business centre.

> MSC Cruises has availability for its Portuguese Islands cruise departing December 19, with promotional fares from R5,850 pps, inclusive of all meals and onboard entertainment. Children under 18 share free with parents when staying in a family cabin (excludes mandatory charges).

> Latin America Travel has added two new destinations to its portfolio, with Adventure Travel Réunion Island packages and Eco Travel Seychelles tours now available. A seven-night, self-drive Réunion itinerary, including flights ex-JNB and unlimited mileage Group A/F car hire is from R16,960 per adult sharing. Valid for travel until November 30 and from February 1 – June 30, 2015.

> Three Cities’ Inn on the Square Hotel in Cape Town has an early bird leisure booking promotion, with three nights from R2,850 pps (standard twin or double rooms only). Valid for travel December 7 – 27 and January 2 – 19. Book and pay before October 31.

> Qatar will fly direct to Phuket from October 26. The new daily service will depart Doha at 07h00 each day, returning at 19h30 every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday and 19h05 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

> The Shamwari Group is promoting five-night photographic safaris, with accommodation at Long Lee Manor, all meals, tuition, game drives and use of editing equipment and software, from R30,500 pp. Tours are scheduled to operate once a month, in April, June, July and October 2015.

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