29 September 2016

Lufthansa updates baggage regulations

Economy class passengers on Lufthansa can now check in two pieces of luggage, each weighing 23kg, with a total dimension of 158cm. The new luggage allowance applies to both one-way and return tickets purchased in and departing from South Africa and is already effective.

Oz strike to cause travel delays

Travellers may experience delays at Australian international airports and cruise ship terminals due to a planned strike by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) staff from 26 September and ending on 2 October. Passengers are advised to arrive at airports earlier during the strike.

Canada extends eTA requirement period

Canada has extended the period for travellers of visa-exempt countries to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) until 9 November 2016. Thereafter, passengers flying through the country are required to apply for an eTA prior to their flight. The eTA allows Canadian officials to screen travellers before they board the flight. Travellers can apply for their eTA online and will receive an eTA approval via email. In most cases the approval process takes minutes but can in some cases take several days.

Cape Town ICC expands

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (ICC) East expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and will open early in 2017. On completion the building will occupy 31 000 sqm, with 10 000 sqm of conference and exhibition space, sub-divisable into six halls, four meeting suites, five meeting pod rooms and two terraced rooms. There will be three kitchens and a sky bridge connecting CTICC West to CTICC East. The City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government and CTICC are investing R832 million in to the expansion of the centre.

Free first class upgrades on BA

British Airways passengers travelling in Club World (business class) can upgrade to first class for free when booking one of the several semi-flexible or fully flexible tickets. This promotional offer is valid until 11 December 2016. Passengers booking a trip on select flights operated by American Airlines will also be eligible for the offer as long as a British Airways codeshare flight number is used when booking. Passengers will also receive triple Avios points in the cabin class travelled. The free upgrade can only be booked through a BA approved travel agent or by calling the airline’s contact centre. Return flights cannot be stretched beyond 30 December 2016. The offer covers all destinations, excluding Bermuda.

KLM serving Heineken on draft during flights

KLM has introduced a custom-made bar cart specifically designed for pouring draft Heineken mid-flight. The airline and brewery – both Dutch – worked together on the innovative new ‘beer tap trolley’ which keeps Heineken kegs chilled and prepped for dispersal. The in-flight draft keg beer has been introduced on selected flights.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International world’s busiest airport

According to the Airports Council International’s 2015 World Airport Traffic Report, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world. During 2015 more than 101 million passengers passed through the airport. Atlanta serves as a major connecting hub and port of entry into North America. Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world, followed by Dubai International Airport.

New conference and events concept for Sun City

Sun International has launched a new conference and events concept, SunPark, at Sun City. SunPark provides event organisers access to a multipurpose facility with an indoor venue and outdoor space for a host of different events, including music festivals, conferences, product launches and lifestyle events. According to Sun International, the facility has a ‘plug-in’ system to allow the space to be transformed to meet the needs of any event, no matter the size. This includes flexible infrastructure, electricity supply and IT services. SunParks are expected to open at Cape Town’s GrandWest in October, followed by Sibaya in KwaZulu Natal and Carnival City in Gauteng.

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