Why is British Airways selling June tickets while SA is still on UK ‘red list’?

Britain’s national carrier British Airways has opened its online booking system and is already selling seats from 23 June on its flights from London to both Johannesburg and Cape Town.Does this mean there may be good news on the horizon for South Africa as far as the UK’s flight and entry bans are concerned?  Or is British Airways simply being…

Game of monopoly? Private airlines denied routes ‘reserved’ for SAA

Zanzibar was proving to be an ideal destination for South Africans with a desire to travel beyond the country’s borders during the pandemic since there is no quarantine requirement on arrival and Covid-19 PCR testing (required for re-entry to South Africa) can easily be carried out before departing Zanzibar.Direct flights between Johannesburg and…

Namibia: Kenya Airways Connects to Windhoek Through Interline Agreement With Airlink

Kenya Airways PLC and Airlink (PTY) have signed an interline agreement that will extend the airlines’ reach in the southern African region via Johannesburg and Cape Town. The new agreement will offer customers seamless travel to over 40 cities across Africa.Kenya Airways continues to diversify its services and operations in response to their customers’…

SA travel to Zanzibar hit hard by suspension of direct Mango flights

The absence of Mango Airlines’ direct flights between Johannesburg and Zanzibar reduces the appeal of this tropical island which was seeing an uptick in the number of South African holidaymakers travelling to this destination amid the global pandemic.Mango Airlines announced that it would suspend all flights to the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar…

5 reasons British expats are migrating to South Africa

Here are five reasons Britons seeking job opportunities, a better quality of family life, or a change of scenery for retirement are choosing South Africa as their new home.South Africa is vast, with 2,798 kilometres of coastline stretching across two oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. Covering 1.2 million square kilometres, it is the 25th-largest…

Why does Anna Correia think she should design your home?

I run a full interior design and decorating business in South Africa, from the initial stages of concept of the design to the construction of the interior design and decorating of a project. My projects are predominately run in the Johannesburg and Cape Town areas. However, I have done work for clients with homes in Plettenberg Bay, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe…

Roaring success: Qatar Airways brings captive lions back home to SA

Better known as an airline that transports thousands of people across the world, Qatar Airways — through its cargo division — has quietly been making a significant impact on environmental protection. Earlier this year, the airline launched its Rewild the Planet initiative as part of its WeQare sustainability programme. Through the initiative, Qatar…

SA off-limits as Israel imposes travel ban on own citizens

Israel is the latest country to impose a travel ban on its own nationals against travel to South Africa.  Israeli citizens aren’t able to exit the country to South Africa under updated travel restrictions, which came into effect on Monday 3 May. Returning residents and travellers who have been in South Africa are required to quarantine for up…

Rwanda: RwandAir Resumes Flights to Johannesburg

National carrier RwandAir has announced the resumption of its route to and from Johannesburg, South Africa effective May 7.Johannesburg is one of the southern African routes that RwandAir suspended its flights alongside Cape Town, Lusaka, and Harare.The suspension happened in February following the detection of a new variant of Covid-19 in South Africa.”We’re…

Zimbabwe: Vic Falls, Bots Flights Launched

TRAVELLERS can now enjoy day trips between Chobe in Botswana and Victoria Falls after Mack Air successfully landed in Victoria Falls on Saturday, marking the start of scheduled flights between the two destinations.Mack Air becomes the first airline to offer international scheduled flights between Victoria Falls and Kasane and is expected to provide…

South Africa: Recovery Plan for Covid-19 Hit Tourism Sector

Cabinet approved the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan at a meeting on Wednesday.When South Africa implemented lockdown restrictions, one of the sectors that was most affected was tourism, with businesses remaining shut even when economic activity resumed.”The plan represents the collective response by government and the tourism sector to the devastation…

Singapore Airlines will allow SA passengers on flights again

Restrictions on entry to Singapore remain in place for South Africans and travellers who have visited this country. However, eased restrictions on transiting through Singapore have now come into effect, enabling Singapore Airlines to carry more passengers on its scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Singapore.The airline has been operating flights…

Nigeria: Enjoy Top-Notch Hospitality On Air Peace’s Nonstop Johannesburg Flights

Since inception on October 24, 2014, Nigeria’s foremost airline Air Peace’s determination to ease Africans’ burden of travel by interconnecting various cities across the continent, has continued to intensify.With a varied fleet (Embraer, Boeing and Dornier) of 28 aircraft (with a firm order for 13 brand new Embraer 195-E2 Jets, 2 have been delivered),…

Viva Air France! Airline ups flight offering between Joburg and Paris

There has been a notable absence of international airlines operating flights to destinations in Southern Africa since the onset of the global pandemic. The situation has worsened by the discovery of the South African COVID-19 variant in December 2020 and subsequent travel bans.Air France however, is increasing its presence and expanding its operations…

Airlink spreads its wings with regional routes, more flights

The skies are opening up again with the demand for air travel picking up on several regional routes and Airlink has started operating routes that have not been served for many months.  With numerous southern African countries being off-limits since last year due to national lockdowns and border closures, airlines were forced to halt flights…

The lights are on but no-one is home: Dark days ahead for Sandton hotels

As night falls on many of Sandton’s dormant hotels, reception areas are lit up, but the dark towers filled with empty guest rooms confirm the old adage “the lights are on but no one is home”.  The driveways and entrances to most hotels in Sandton would have been buzzing with activity little more than a year ago before the arrival of the…

Hurry up and wait: Virgin Atlantic extends UK-SA flight ban

The UK’s entry ban on South Africans is causing extended flight suspensions for several international airlines operating direct flights to South Africa. And it has been several months since Virgin Atlantic has been operating flights to Johannesburg or Cape Town.The United Kingdom (UK) imposed a travel and flight ban on South Africa in late December…

Africa beckons: Airlines begin restart of flights to neighbouring countries

After a painfully long absence of flight connections between South Africa and several destinations in the region, passengers will be pleased to learn there’s a move to restore air connectivity between South Africa and its neighbouring countries.The once-busy route between Johannesburg and Luanda Angola will see the return of flights from South Africa…

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