5 October 2016
Flysafair tickets will be bookable on Hahn Air Systems from the end of October. Its inventory will be available on Amadeus and Travelport by the end of November.
Advance seat reservation charges for Emirates
Effective from 3 October 2016, Emirates will introduce Advance Seat Reservation Charges for Economy class passengers. Seat charges are applicable on all fare types, if filed in RBDs: X, V, T, L, Q and N. Seat selection can be done either while the ticket is being purchased or afterwards.
In addition, Emirates is working with the Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) to implement advance seat selection charges through indirect channels. However, for GDSs that are not ready by the implementation date, travel agents will be instructed to book seats for their customers via Manage Your Booking.
SAA adds seats to Mauritius
SAA has upped capacity on its Mauritius service with the introduction of Airbus A339-200. From 1 October, the aircraft will operate flights SA190 and SA191 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, adding 200 seats per week to the route. The aircraft has 186 seats in economy class and 36 lie flat seats in business class.
SAA re-accommodation policy
SAA’s re-accomodation policy will apply as a result of the termination of the codeshare between SAA and EY. All bookings accepted on or before 28 September 2016 for travel on the cancelled marketing flights must be re-accommodated onto the same or closest EY operated flight without penalty or additional charges. SAA is only responsible for passengers holding SAA ticket stock with through fares or one ticket onto their end destination. If a passenger has purchased separate tickets on another carrier, SAA is not responsible for the tickets.
Carbon tax to inflate domestic air fares
Domestic air fares in South Africa could face a possible increase due to government’s plans to introduce a carbon tax on domestic airlines, which could be followed by a carbon tax on international flights. National Treasury has confirmed that emissions from domestic flights will be subject to its carbon tax regime, which is due to be implemented in 2017.
Visa Update: India
From 1 October 2016, all visa applications for India must go through VFS India. VFS has offices in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
Marriott acquires Starwood Hotels
Marriott International has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, creating the world’s largest hotel company. Marriot will match member status across Marriott Rewards - which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards - and Starwood Preferred Guest, enabling members to transfer points between the programmes for travel and exclusive experiences when they link their accounts.