Travel Insights

SA Express Grounded
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACA) announced on 24 May 2018 that it had grounded SA Express over ‘severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks’. While the SACAA does not make the details of its…
SARS clamps down on electronics
It’s been all over the news that SARS is clamping down on bringing electronics back into the country. And we know there have been conflicting reports of all kinds.  Well, here it is in a simple snapshot and how it affects…
Kenya Airways reduces checked baggage allowance for intra-…
Kenya Airways has reduced the checked baggage allowance on its intra-Africa routes from two pieces to one piece. The airline previously allowed passengers flying in Economy Class from one African country to another two bags of a…
British Airways adds four weekly JHB flights
British Airways has announced that it will be adding four more weekly flights to its double-daily London-Johannesburg schedule from October 28. This announcement comes soon after the airline said it would commence three weekly…
Turkish Airways announces extension of free stopover offer
Turkish Airlines passengers flying from South Africa with a layover of between six and 24 hours in Istanbul will be able to enjoy a complimentary tour of the city. Durations of the trips, offered by Touristanbul, will vary…
The Department of Home Affairs announces faster turnaround…
The Department of Home Affairs launched the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) on 16 May 2018, this promises to increase turnaround times for those applying for ID documents and passports.  The new…
Effective ways to travel in Europe
Increased security measures at airports, long queues as a result of increased security and the rising costs of air travel could make business travellers think twice about taking to the skies. While train travel has always been…
Protea Hotels by Marriott announces new hotel in Pretoria
Protea Hotels by Marriott announces a new hotel in Pretoria – the Protea Hotels by Marriott Loftus Park. The hotel is set to open later this year and is in the exclusive Loftus Park corporate, retail and lifestyle precinct.…
Airlink to launch direct flights between Joburg and PE
As of 6 May 201 8, Airlink will be flying direct between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The new route will be flown by their newly acquired 74 seat Embraer E170 aircraft.  The route will run from Monday to Friday and on…
Hilton announces launch of Hilton Garden Inn in South Africa
Hilton is set to open a 207 guestroom Hilton Garden Inn Umhlanga Arch in Umhlanga. The hotel will open in 2020. The new hotel will operate under its Hilton Garden Inn brand, a quality, upper mid-scale brand – what claims to be…
Duty of care vs risk management – is there really a…
At any given time, there are approximately 800500 passengers in the air, according to Boeing Magazine. That’s over three-quarters of a million people flying at the same time, every single day. With 40% of air travel being for…
Virgin Atlantic announces second daily JNB service
 Virgin Atlantic will operate a second daily service between OR Tambo International Airport and Heathrow, starting October 28. Liezl Gericke, head of Middle East and Africa for Virgin Atlantic said: “This new service is…