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OR Tambo adopts silent airport policy

OR Tambo International Airport will be silencing their public address microphone for domestic flights, as of 15 November 2017. The airport will no longer make announcements regarding boarding calls and missing checked-in passengers. Terminal announcements will only be made for irregular operations such as changes in flight time and boarding gates, security matters, system failures and customer service anomalies.

Treasury announces new SAA board

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, has announced the newly appointed South African Airways board as well as the full slate of non-executive board members at the airline, approved by the Cabinet.

The six new board members are, Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza, new Chairperson, and Nolitha Fakude, Deputy Chairperson and Non-Executive Director. New board members who will serve as Non-Executive Directors are Geoff Rothschild, Ahmed Bassa, Tinyiko Mhlari and Martin Kingston.

Kenya to get 4 000 new hotel beds in five years

Kenya is set to get an additional 4 000 hotel beds in the next five years as per an estimate of international and upcoming brands that have announced plans of setting up in the country.

Speaking during the World Tourism Day fete in Nairobi, Director of Tourism, Keziah Odemba, said the expected multibillion-shilling investments showed that Kenya's tourism projections were positive.The investors include Swiss Lenana Motel, Radisson Blu, Villa Rosa Kempinski, Golden Tulip, Amber, Ibis Styles and an array of upcoming brands.

FCBT achieves level 4 BEE rating

Flight Centre Travel Group’s newly formed company FCTG Corporate (Pty) Ltd – comprising Flight Centre Business Travel, Corporate Traveller and Stage & Screen – has for the first time achieved Level 4 BEE rating.

This subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group (Pty) Ltd was launched earlier this year to consolidate the Group’s corporate travel brands under one roof (with FCM Travel Solutions (Pty) Ltd being registered as a separate business in 2013).

SAA to cancel flights on six regional routes

SAA has announced that it will cut flights on six regional routes. The airline stated that this is due to “operational reasons”.

The airline has released a notification confirming it will cut flights on selected dates to Brazzaville via Pointe Noire in the Congo; Douala in Cameroon via Libreville in Gabon; Kinshasa in the DRC; Entebbe in Uganda; Luanda in Angola; Cotonou in Benin via Libreville in Gabon.

Flight delays at Namibian airport

Namibian airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) has been experiencing flight delays since earlier this month due to the recent implementation of a biometric scanning system


The Home Affairs Ministry in Namibia have implemented the new biometric system at the airport to replace the outdated system they had and to improve overall border security.

Zanzibar airport to be upgraded

Pemba Airport in Zanzibar is to get a revamp after Zanzibar's Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport signed a $1.9 million deal with Dar al Handash Consultant (Egypt) Limited.


The upgrades will include security fencing and gates, a terminal building, administration building, rescue and firefighting equipment, freight cargo facilities, general aviation hangar and customs and clearance facility.

Other works include aircraft pavements, surface water drainage system, aeronautical ground lighting system, and power and electrical systems, including standby generator.

Allow for extra time when applying for your Australian visa

If you’re planning on travelling to Australia in the next few months or even in December, we urge you to allow for extra time when applying for your visa.
 
There are major delays in issuing Australian visas due to a backlog at the Australian High Commission’s South African offices.
 
The current processing time is around one month for business visas and six weeks for tourist visas.