5 March 2018

CemAir suspension lifted
CemAir’s suspension was lifted at the end of February after the airline successfully completed a five-phase certification process. The airline is working to return to full capacity within the next two weeks. 

Dengue fever outbreak in Fiji
A dengue fever outbreak in Labasa, Fiji is ongoing, with more recent outbreaks announced in Nadi and Ba.  Travellers should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and take extra precautions against mosquito bites.

Cathay Pacific launching direct Cape Town to Hong Kong flights
Cathay Pacific will be launching a seasonal non-stop service between Hong Kong and Cape Town this November. The three-time weekly service will launch on 15 November and continue through to 18 February 2019 and will run alongside Cathay Pacific’s existing daily non-stop flights to Johannesburg. The new service will be operated by an Airbus A350-900. Tickets are already available online.

Congo Airways to take to SA skies
Congo Airways, the flag carrier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, launched its first flight from Kinshasa to Johannesburg on 28 February. The airline is operating three weekly flights using an Airbus A320-200, with 10 seats in business class and 150 in economy. Ownership of the airline is divided between government and local and international investors. Congo Airways plans to launch flights to Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast in its next phase.

Etihad adds second flight to Rome
Etihad Airways will operate a second daily service to Rome. The new flight will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 25 March. Tuesday and Thursday flights will be added from 1 May.

Cape Town International Airport silences announcements

Cape Town International Airport has followed in the footsteps of OR Tambo International Airport by silencing their public address microphone for domestic flights, except for irregular operations. The airport stopped making announcements regarding boarding calls and missing checked-in passengers from 1 March. Terminal announcements are now only made when issues such as a lost minor, change in flight time and boarding gates, security matters, system failures and other irregularities arise.

Lufthansa launches SIM card for lower roaming costs
Lufthansa has launched an international prepaid SIM card through Naka Mobile - a global mobile telecommunication and technology company. The SIM card from Lufthansa Mobile allows its users to make phone calls and surf the internet at affordable rates in more than 190 countries. The SIM card will allow inexpensive connection to local networks while travelling, saving “up to 80% of the roaming charges” and allowing travellers to keep costs under control. Travellers can also buy additional data packages while abroad or use the SIM card in their home country. The SIM card currently costs €29 through the online shop and comes with an inclusive starting credit of €19. The Lufthansa Mobile SIM card is delivered as a 3-in-1 set in the three common sizes - Standard, Micro and Nano.

Singapore Airlines temporarily ups Johannesburg frequency
Singapore Airlines will operate three additional flights between Johannesburg and Singapore between 1 July and 31 August, bringing the total number of flights between South Africa and Singapore to 10 a week during the period. Supplementary flights will depart Johannesburg on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline will also increase service on the Singapore to Cape Town (via Johannesburg) route, from the current four flights a week to a daily flight, effective 26 March. The flights will be operated by an A350-900 aircraft, configured in business class, premium economy and economy class.



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