22 January 2018

Cathay Pacific to launch non-stop flights between Hong Kong <> Cape Town!

According to various news reports, the flag carrier of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, is set to announce non-stop flights between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) in Hong Kong and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The airline is planning to introduce a year-round service later this year. The flights to Hong Kong will be Cape Town's first non-stop service to Asia in more than six years. For now, no mainland Chinese carrier flies to the South African city. The flights between Hong Kong and Cape Town are expected to take about 14 hours. Singapore Airlines – the only Asian airline serving Cape Town at present – operates a 13:55 hrs flight via OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) Johannesburg.

19 January 2018

OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg): New and more convenient long-term parking area set to open to the public!

Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport will offer long-term travelers a new parkade home from 01 February 2018 and will close the current long-term "Super South" parking area. The new long-term parking area, which is located in the "MSP2" parkade under the City Lodge hotel just a five-minute walk from the domestic and international terminals, offers 4 300 parking bays over five levels. Directional signage for the new long-term parking area has been installed on access roads to OR Tambo International Airport.

The new long-term parking area is ideal for travellers who will be away for three days or more. By pre-booking a long-term parking spot via the "Book Parking Online" link on the website of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA; airports.co.za), travellers can save up to 50% of their total parking fees by booking up to five days in advance. Discounts start at 10%, one day in advance, 20%, two days in advance and so on, up to the five-day maximum advance booking period.
Travellers who wish to park in the dedicated long-term parking area without pre-booking can do so on Level -1, but will have to exceed a 3 day stay to qualify for long term rates. Once the stay has exceeded 3 days, the rate will recalculate to long term rates.

16 January 2018

Ethiopian Airlines & the Government of Zambia to re-launch Zambia Airways!

Africa's largest aviation group, Ethiopian Airlines from Ethiopia, and the Government of Zambia have finalized a shareholders agreement for the re-launch of Zambia Airways. The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian Airlines will have 45% stakes in the airline. According to the press release, Zambia Airways is meant to initially serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights. 
The establishment of multiple hubs in Africa has been a key strategy of Ethiopian Airlines under its Vision 2025. The flag carrier of Ethiopia currently operates hubs at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport (LFW) in Lomé (Togo) with ASKY Airlines and at Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) in Lilongwe (Malawi) with Malawian Airlines
Zambia Airways was the flag carrier of Zambia until the airline ceased operations in 1995. We'll keep you posted!

Mango to increase flights between Johannesburg <> Zanzibar!

South African low-cost airline Mango, a subsidiary of South Africa's flag carrier South African Airways, is set to introduce an additional flight on Thursdays between OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZUZ) on Zanzibar. Effective 01 March 2018, the airline will operate three instead of the current two frequencies on Tuesdays and Saturdays to the Tanzanian island in the Indian Ocean.

15 January 2018

Namibia: Swakopmund to ban the usage of plastic bags!

The Swakopmund Municipality is set to approve the implementation of a by-law to ban plastic bags. This means that the use of plastic bags will not be allowed in Swakopmund from March 2018. The long term goal is the complete termination of plastic bags, but the current focus will initially be reducing its use to promote the utilisation of re-usable and biodegradable bags, which are already available in several stores in town.

Swakopmund, Namibia

The Swakopmund Municipality will also introduce a certain levy, which will be charged to shoppers and anyone found using plastic bags.

11 January 2018

Brandberg Heritage Site (Namibia): No tours due to reported cases of lions in the area!

The National Heritage Council of Namibia just informed the public that it is currently not conducting any tours at the Brandberg Heritage Site ("White Lady Hike") until further notice due to reported cases of lions in the area. The service at the site is therefore put on hold until the institution finds a solution to the above mentioned problem. We'll keep you posted!

The Brandberg Heritage site is situated about 30km north west of the small town of Uis, close to the road from Khorixas to Hentie's Bay.

South African Airways & TAAG Angola Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways, and Angola's flag carrier, TAAG Angola Airlines, have signed a new codeshare agreement. Under the extended agreement, South African Airways will put its "SA" code on TAAG's direct services between Johannesburg <> Luanda and between Cape Town <> Luanda effective 15 January 2018. In return, TAAG Angola Airlines will put its "DT" code on South African Airways' direct services between Johannesburg <> Luanda. In the near future, South African Airways' flights between Johannesburg <> Harare, Johannesburg <> Lusaka, and Johannesburg <> Hong Kong will also become part of the codeshare agreement.
South African Airways and TAAG Angola Airlines formed an interline relationship in 1996 and expanded it into a commercial partnership in 2007.