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September 6, 2016
Passengers departing on 3-digit local flight numbers from OR Tambo International Airport can now make use of self-service baggage tagging at designated counters.
 
The Self-Service Bag Counters are situated in the departure terminal (B) at counters 47, 48, 49, and 50 and are
September 6, 2016
Nigerian airlines, Aero Contractors and Firstnation Airways, have suspended scheduled flight services – just one week after the country entered an economic recession.
 
“This business decision is a result of the current economic situation in the country, which has forced som
August 30, 2016
Travellers should be wary of a bag snatcher at OR Tambo International Airport.
 
Security footage uploaded on YouTube by Crime Watch on August 14 shows a passenger standing at an car rental counter at the airport.
August 29, 2016
South Africans can now apply for their passports and Smart IDs online via the eHomeAffairs portal.
 
Previously, online application was limited to those between the ages of 30 and 35. Now, there is no age limit, however first-time applicants cannot use the online service.
August 26, 2016
 
RwandAir has announced a three times a week service to both Cotonou in Benin and Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. 
 
Flights to Cotonou will commence on September 2 and to Abidjan on October 7. 
 
Cotonou will be added to the existing Kigali-Douala
August 23, 2016
Flight Centre Travel Group SA is moving full steam ahead with its expansion plans into Africa by opening up a store in Windhoek on October 1.
 
“When I took over as md last year, it was part of our five-year plan to open more stores in Africa.
August 23, 2016
Flight Centre has seen a change in South African travellers’ behaviour following the recent terror attacks. 
 
The company’s statistics show that travel to Belgium, France, Tunisia and Turkey declined in the first six months of the year.
 
Between January
August 23, 2016
Airlink has added a second flight between Johannesburg and Bulawayo.
 
The new flight will be available for travel from September 5 and will depart OR Tambo Monday to Friday at 06h25 and arrive at 07h45.
August 16, 2016
Airlink will introduce a third flight between Johannesburg and Mthatha on September 5. 
 
The additional flights will operate Monday to Friday, departing from OR Tambo International at 12h00 and arriving in Mthatha at 13h15.
August 15, 2016
There is a substantial police presence at New York’s JFK airport after reports that shots had been fired inside Terminal 8 on Sunday night (August 14).
August 12, 2016
A series of bomb explosions occurred in the tourist districts of Hua Hin and Phuket on the 11th and 12th of August 2016.
August 10, 2016
The two largest Mozambican high street banks, Barclays and Millennium BIM, have introduced withdrawal fees for people using foreign cards at their ATMs across Mozambique.
 
Barclays charges a flat fee of MZM130 (R26 or $1.9) and Millennium BIM charges MZM150 (R30 or $2.1).
August 5, 2016
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued a travel warning for travellers to Thailand. 
 
A referendum on the Thai constitution will take place on Monday, August 7, and the FCO warns travellers to avoid political gatherings.
July 29, 2016
Passengers using London City Airport can look forward to some changes over the next few years.
 
Earlier this week, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, confirmed that the airport had received planning permission from the government for a £344m (R6,4bn) tran
July 28, 2016
Etihad will upgrade its second flight between Abu Dhabi and New York to the A380 aircraft on June 1, 2017.

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