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Strategic Partnership Between SAA and Air Canada

Date: 13 December 2012

South African Airways and Air Canada have entered into a code share agreement which will make it easier for passengers to travel between South African and Canada.

The agreement will allow travellers to fly between the two countries via London with a single booking, allowing for seamless, simple bookings to be made. Flights between South Africa and Canada are notoriously long, with passengers often experiencing extremely long layover times. The agreement will minimise layover times for travellers between the two countries.

Both airlines are part of the Star Alliance group, and the agreement will also allow passengers to accumulate loyalty points through their respective loyalty programmes, for flights on the two carriers.

The arrangement will make it easier for South Africans to book flights to New York, Vancouver and Toronto, while the arrangement will make it easier for Canadians to book flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Launch of FastJet, East Africa's First Low Cost Airline

Date: 8 December 2012

FastJet, a new African low cost airline which is part-owned by the founder of EasyJet, has been launched in Tanzania, and has announced plans to expand its service offering throughout the East African region.

Currently, the majority of low cost airlines in the region are based on South Africa, and with the recent bankruptcy of 1Time, competition in the market is relatively low.

Costs for travel in East Africa have historically been notoriously high, putting air travel out of reach of many prospective passengers who opt, instead, to travel by road.

FastJet is based on Dar es Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania, and the airline plans to acquire a number of additional aircraft during the coming months to enable it to expand its service offering in the region.

Etihad Airways Increases Flights to India

Date: 4 December 2012

Etihad Airways has increased the frequency of its flights to various cities in India, as a result of increased demand for flights to the region, particularly from business travellers.

As from 1 January 2013, the airline will offer 7 weekly flights to Kozhikode, which is an increase from the current offering of 3 flights per week.

Etihad Airways will also increase the frequency of its flights to Colombo in Sri Lanka from 3 to 7 flights per week. The move is set to increase the airline's capacity on the route by approximately double.

OR Tambo Airport Staff Not Doing Yellow Fever Checks

Date: 27 November 2012

There have been reports in the media that the staff at OR Tambo International Airport are not checking inbound passengers' vaccination certificates for yellow fever vaccinations.  It appears that the reason for this is staffing and capacity challenges experienced at the airport.

All international visitors to South Africa are required to have an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have received the vaccination against the disease. The vaccinations are only required once every 10 years, and the vaccination certificates must therefore be renewed every 10 years.

There are concerns that the failure to check travellers' vaccination status puts South Africans at risk of infection by visitors to the country.

Tourism Indaba Plans Announced

Date: 20 November 2012

SA Tourism has announced that the upcoming Tourism Indaba will take place from 11 to 14 May 2013, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (the ICC) in Durban.

The Indaba is an event that attracts in excess of 13 000 visitors each year, including local and international visitors, and it features exhibitors from all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.

The more than 1000 exhibitors offer a broad range of travel products including packages, game lodges, adventure travel experiences, flights, land transport and tailor-made tours.  There are also exclusive special offers that provide an incentive for visitors to make their bookings at the exhibition.

Launch of New Nelson Mandela Museum

Date: 18 November 2012

A new anti-apartheid museum has opened up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, in the area where Nelson Mandela was arrested fifty years ago.

The museum is approximately 5 kilometres from the town of Howick, and is set to become a tourist site. It also has a store, as well as facilities to host weddings and corporate functions.

Access to the museum is completely free to the public, and it has an exhibition depicting the respected leader's life and struggle against oppression.

Kenya Airways Expands Asian Offering

Date: 13 November 2012

In a move to expand its Asian footprint, Kenya Airways has entered into a venture with Vietnam Airlines in terms of which it is to sell Vietnam Airlines' tickets to passengers in Kenya and other African countries.

Both airlines are part of the Sky Alliance group, and the deal will allow Kenya Airways passengers to book flights from Nairobi to Bangkok, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.  In turn, Vietnam Airlines' passengers will be able to book flights from Bangkok to Nairobi.

The venture will also allow Asian tourists to have greater access to a number of other destinations in Africa that Kenya Airways flies to.

1time Airline in Liquidation

Date: 2 November 2012

1time, the South African low cost carrier, has filed for liquidation after its business rescue efforts were unsuccessful. 

The airline has around R320 million in debt, and has been unable to come to arrangements with creditors which would allow it to pay this debt off over time.

Fresh Air offers Low-Cost Flights to Victoria Falls

Date: 18 October 2012

Fresh Air will offer flights from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Victoria Falls 3 days a week, as from 2 November 2012.

This follows a joint-venture arrangement entered into between the Zimbabwean low-cost carrier and South Africa's 1time airlines. 

Fresh Air currently offers flights from Johannesburg to Harare.

SAA offers Flights from Johannesburg to Abidjan

Date: 13 August 2012

South African Airways will offer flights from Johannesburg to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, as from Friday, 17 August 2012.

This move is set to expand the airline's service offerings across the continent, and provide travellers with easier access to West Africa.

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