Travel Insights

Malawi's Chileka Airport closes runway for maintenance
Chileka International Airport (BLZ) in Blantyre, Malawi, will close its main runway for maintenance from 24 April 2019.  It is expected to reopen in July 2019. Affected airlines to Blantyre are Malawian Airlines, Kenya…
VFS appointed as new Italian visa company
VF Worldwide Holdings (VFS) replaces Capago as the new visa outsourcer for travellers to Italy in the jurisdiction covered by the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg. This includes Botswana, Gauteng, KZN, North West, Free…
United Airline announces non-stop New York to Cape Town…
United Airlines announces the intended launch of a new seasonal non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, New York, to Cape Town International Airport.  The seasonal service is said to…
Etihad now gives golfers free luggage allowance
Etihad Airways is now allowing golfers to bring their golf clubs free of charge on flights to the UAE. The allowance includes an additional golf bag containing one set of clubs, one pair of golf shoes, and a golf umbrella or…
How to achieve work-life balance as a road warrior
A work-life balance is difficult to achieve at the best of times, and it seems even more so for road warriors who are constantly on the go. Many find it difficult to relax due to ever-looming targets, nonstop travel and constant…
SAA additional restrictions for liquids when travelling to…
“In terms of the United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there will be additional security requirements for flights to the United States of America (USA) and these will be in the form of restrictions to carry…
New baggage rules for OR Tambo
  Please be advised that as from March 25, new rules for checked baggage will be applied at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. This is to prevent blockages and breakdowns in the baggage-handling system caused…
UK extends 'no-fly' zone for drones
The UK Government has announced new legislation to extend a ‘no-fly’ zone around airports, banning drones from flying within 5km of runways, effective March 2019. Work to progress a new Drones Bill is under. The bill will give…
SA Express has added a second frequency from Johannesburg…
SA Express (SAX) has added a second frequency from Johannesburg to Mthatha, which started on February 25. The airline operates a 50-seat regional jet CRJ 200 on the route and now offers a morning and afternoon service from…
New Hilton brand targets business and bleisure travellers
Hilton has launched a new meetings and events-focused brand for meeting professionals and business travellers which prioritizes technology and design Signia Hilton hotels will offer a minimum of 500 guestrooms, with each room…
OR Tambo unveils plans for a revamp
OR Tambo International Airport has unveiled plans for a R4,5bn development project to make upgrades to its Western Precinct, which will acquire new offices, retail space, hotel and conference facilities and additional transit-…
USA Visa Delays
The next available US visa application appointments at the Durban and Cape Town centres are on January 29 and February 4 respectively. As of Monday (November 19), the next available appointments at the Durban and Cape Town…