Business Travel News & Insights


News from the Travel Desk

February 8, 2017
Airlink launched a Cape Town-Pietermaritzburg flight on Monday, February 6.
Flight SA8721 operates Monday to Saturday, departing Pietermaritzburg at 07h00 and arriving in Cape Town at 09h10.
January 30, 2017
Following the implementation of US President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on travellers from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen to the United States, protests are taking place outside a number of US airports. 
Due to the protests, Los Angeles Interna
January 25, 2017
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office says it is safe for travellers to resume travel to Gambia.
This follows a warning on Thursday, January 19,  advising against all but essential travel to The Gambia, due to the deteriorating political situation.
January 23, 2017
Airlink will acquire five Embraer E-Jets during the first half of this year – three E170s and two E190s.
January 19, 2017

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned against all but essential travel to The Gambia. The advisory follows a deteriorating political situation since the country’s presidential elections in December and potential military intervention, says the FCO.

January 17, 2017
Emirates will use a 516-seat A380 on one of its Johannesburg-Dubai flights from February 1.
The airline currently operates four daily flights on the route and the A380 will replace the 364-seat Boeing 777 on one of these services.
The A380 will have a
January 13, 2017
Ethiopian Airlines will launch flights to Antananarivo in March, Chengdu, Jakarta and Singapore in June and resume its service to Conakry in February.
From March 28, Ethiopian will operate three weekly flights to Antananarivo, Madagascar. 
The airline
January 12, 2017
SAA took delivery of its third A330-300 in December.
January 11, 2017
Following the deployment of 92 additional staff at OR Tambo International Airport between December 9 and January 14, Tourism Update understands that the temporary solution to the long queues has been managed effectively.
Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa CEO
January 9, 2017
Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will be closed from March 8 until April 18 for runway maintenance, says the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
SAA spokesperson, Tlali Tlali, told eTNW that the airline had not received any official communication about the closure
December 22, 2016
Airports in Namibia and Zambia have implemented new passenger charges, effective immediately.
The Namibian Airports Company has introduced an Airport Security Charge of NAD71 (R71) per passenger on all flights from all of Namibia’s airports.
The Civil
December 14, 2016

This reciprocation – or retaliation? – is in response to New Zealand’s withdrawal of visa free travel arrangements for South African passport holders. And while New Zealand only gave South Africans a six-week notice period before visas were required, South Africa has only given a month.

December 5, 2016

Passengers travelling through Heathrow Airport are reportedly facing lengthy queues at passport control, eTNW reports.

November 29, 2016 has introduced a Price Freeze payment facility. 
Agents and passengers who are searching for flights on kulula’s website will be able to freeze the price of their chosen flight for 24 hours for a payment of R50.
November 22, 2016
RwandAir will introduce a second flight between Johannesburg and Kigali on January 16. 
Flight WB107 will depart Johannesburg at 16h45 and arrive in Kigali at 20h45. Return flight WB106 will depart Kigali at 09h15 and arrive in Johannesburg at 13h15.



Insights from the Travel Desk

Nov 30, 2016
In honour of another successful year of business travel, Flight Centre Business Travel has saluted its customers at a series of glittering events held across the country in November.
From canapes to cocktails, Flight Centre Business Travel clients gathered together to the
Oct 26, 2016
Business trips can be stressful at the best of times, but even more so during the festive season when everyone else seems to be winding down. There are ways to beat the madness, though.
Oct 10, 2016
The 17th of October is Bosses Day and through the ongoing efforts of the Flight Centre Foundation we are proud to play a small part in investing in the future bosses of South Africa. 
The Flight Centre Foundation is a registered non-profit company.
Sep 20, 2016
Are you responsible for arranging your company’s business trips? Do you spend hours looking for flights and accommodation and organising transport? Is managing travel claims giving your grey hair and preventing you from getting other important work done?
Sep 20, 2016
With business travel to Nigeria on the increase, we’ve put together some advice and information to help you navigate Africa’s most populous country.
Sep 7, 2016

At Flight Centre Business Travel we know how hard you work every day and would like to tell you how much we appreciate all you do. To help you celebrate Secretary’s Day we thought we’d share some interesting travel facts to make you smile.

Aug 8, 2016
Business travel is not easy at the best of times.
Jul 25, 2016
Insider tips and hacks from the specialists at Flight Centre Business Travel on how to make your business travel so much easier.

1. Less is more

Travelling with hand luggage only should be your goal, as yo
Jul 5, 2016

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy ­– and that goes for business travel, too.

Jun 2, 2016
For those who don’t often travel for business, it’s easy to glamorise it. But those who do travel face the sometimes tedious routine of packing, catching flights, taking taxis and getting ready for meetings.
May 17, 2016
Africa is the world’s second-largest continent, covering more than 30.3-million square kilometres, and home to 54 countries.
This massive expanse of land and its 1.1-billion inhabitants live in environments that range from deserts and jungles to bustling cities, which mean
Apr 4, 2016
Long stopovers can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry to get back home, have a lot of work to do or just need to get some rest. Airport facilities, however, can make all the difference.
staying healthy while travelling
Mar 9, 2016
If you are someone who travels extensively, especially for business, then you need to stay mentally and physically healthy during your travels in order to stay on top of your game.
However, jet-setting around the globe is no easy feat as it places your body and mind under pressure due
Real cost of booking online
Jan 4, 2016
Booking business travel online sounds like a cost-effective, convenient option – but for many companies, it could turn out to be exactly the opposite.
8 Travel tips for doing great business in Africa
Dec 30, 2015
Africa, it is often said, is not for sissies. But with Africa being punted as the emerging market story of the next decade, investors are increasingly turning their eyes to the forgotten Continent.