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July 27, 2016
The South African division of Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) made R5 billion in turnover for the last financial year.
 
“The company is now the largest service provider of leisure, corporate and wholesale outbound travel in South Africa,” said MD, Andrew Stark.
July 26, 2016
Airports Company South Africa opened a solar power plant – its third – at Upington Airport on Friday, July 22.
 
The plant is expected to deliver 1,04 million kilowatt hours of power each year.
 
Currently there are solar farms at George and Kimberley air
July 21, 2016
A year after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the expansion and upgrade of Entebbe International Airport, the first phase of the airport's baggage and technical buildings is underway, All Africa reports.
 
The new baggage-handling sy
July 19, 2016
The Kigali Convention Centre was recently unveiled by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, just in time for an Africa Union Summit that kicked off on July 10.
 
The facility is among major projects that the Rwandan government has initiated to help boost the country’s tourism indu
July 18, 2016
Ghana’s visa-on-arrival policy for African citizens has not yet been implemented.
 
This contradicts numerous newspaper reports that the West African country had started issuing visas on arrival from July 8.
 
Spokesperson for the Ghana Immigration Servic
July 15, 2016
Airlink has opened a business-class lounge at Pretoria’s Wonderboom Airport called the Airlink Grey Sunbird Lounge.
 
Business-class customers and selected Voyager members – gold, platinum and lifetime platinum – plus one guest, can enjoy complimentary WiFi and refreshments
July 8, 2016
The Government of Uganda has introduced the online visa application system with effect from
July 1. 
 
Anyone intending to come to Uganda for tourism, business, study, medical or other reasons are required to apply and obtain a visa online.
July 4, 2016
Both outbound and inbound travellers are experiencing significant delays at OR Tambo International Airport.
 
Immigration officials have begun capturing biometrics at the airport, taking them significantly longer to process passport holders. 
 
Chris Zwei
July 1, 2016
Air Botswana has added a Wednesday flight to its Maun-Johannesburg service, with effect from July 1, bringing the service to daily.
 
The Wednesday flight will depart Maun at 13h50 and arrive in Johannesburg at 15h50.
June 28, 2016
Ethiopian Airlines will be the first African airline to fly the Airbus A350 XWB, which it will use on its Lagos and Dubai routes.
June 15, 2016
Andrew Stark, Managing Director of the Flight Centre Travel Group will be taking up the challenge of spending a cold night out on the Nelson Mandela Bridge this July as part of the The Sun International CEO SleepOut challenge.
 
​When asked for his comments on what to expect
June 15, 2016
The 16th of June marks the commemoration of Youth Day, a day in which we celebrate the role of the youth in the transformation of South Africa as well as their role in our country’s future.
 
Through the workings of The Flight Centre Foundation, Flight Centre Business Travel
June 15, 2016
 
Air Namibia has announced a number of seasonal schedule changes to take place from July 29 until October 29. 
 
The airline is implementing changes to flight times on its Johannesburg/Walvis Bay, Cape Town/Walvis Bay, Cape Town Windhoek, Windhoek/Walvis Bay, and
June 7, 2016
The International Air Transport Association announced leadership changes during its 72nd AGM in Dublin. Willie Walsh, ceo of International Airlines Group, takes over from Andres Conesa, CEO of AeroMexico, as chairman of the IATA board of governors.
June 1, 2016
The South African passport has been ranked the second most powerful in Africa, according to the latest edition of the Passport Index.
 
The index, launched by Arton Capital, a global financial advisory firm specialising in international residency and second citizenship solut

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