24 May 2018

South Africa: SA Express grounded!

update (25 May 2018): Please follow this link to view the new flight schedule for this weekend.

update (25 May 2018): The following routes have been cancelled for this week & are not operational:
Johannesburg <> Sun City
Johannesburg <> Mahikeng
Cape Town <> Sun City
Cape Town <> East London
Durban <> East London
Cape Town to Walvis Bay is cancelled for today (25 May 2018). Further notice will be provided as and when information becomes available
Johannesburg <> George will be operated by Mango [src.]

update (25 May 2018): SA Express will have an updated re-accommodation schedule available after 11:00. [src.]
Passengers on SA coded tickets and SA code share will be accommodated with international and regional connecting passengers on first priority. [src.]
Should delays arise all passengers will, in accordance to international standards, be accommodated for up to 48hrs while we make every effort to get you on the next flight. [src.]

SA Express will, in accordance with their compensation policy, compensate all passengers for meals and refreshments (excl. alcohol), accommodation and transport costs applicable. [src.]

update (25 May 2018): South African Airways (SAA), Airlink and Mango will have special counters for all SA Express (SAX) passengers. SAA will operate bookings to help re-accommodate passengers booked on flights with SAX. [src.] Passengers in need of assistance can also contact 0800 214 774 and international passengers +27 11 978 6699 from 06:00 to 23:00. [src.]

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), the national aviation authority of South Africa, has grounded state-owned South African airline SA Express with immediate effect. The authority suspended the airline's Air Operator's Certificate (AOC)*, the Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) approvals as well as the Certificates of Airworthiness (CoA) of nine of the airline's 21 aircraft. This effectively means that as of today (24 May 2018), SA Express can no longer continue to operate as an airline. The decision to revoke the airline's permits comes after the SACAA conducted an audit at the airline and its maintenance  organisation in the past several days, which uncovered severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety risks. We'll keep you posted!

British Airways to increase flights between London <> Johannesburg!

The flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom, British Airways, will expand its service between Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg by four weekly flights per week from 28 October 2018. The additional flights will be operated on board the airline's newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner. British Airways currently operates 14 flights per week between London and Johannesburg on board the Airbus A380.

British Airways to suspend operations between London <> Luanda (Angola)!

The flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom, British Airways, will suspend its twice-weekly service between Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London and Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport (LAD) in Luanda. The last flight from London to Luanda will be on 07 June 2018, while British Airways' last London-bound flight departing from Angola's capital will be on 09 June 2018. The airline currently operates a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the route.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Temporary closure of Cape Vidal ablution block!

The management of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, has announced that the ablutions at Cape Vidal boat launching area will be temporarily closed from 28 May 2018 due to a new conservancy tank being installed. The installation of the tank is expected to be finished by the last week of June 2018. The Park's management recommends to make use of the northern car park ablutions and showers during this construction phase.

23 May 2018

New image video: The Kruger Lowveld 2018!

Kruger Lowveld Tourism has released the new 2018 image video for the Kruger Lowveld. The region is located in South Africa's Mpumalanga Province and is bordered by the towns of Komatipoort in the east, Lydenburg/Mashishing in the west, Barberton in the south and Hoedspruit in the north. Other well-known towns and places of interest in the Kruger Lowveld include Sabie, Graskop, Pilgrim's Rest, Hazyview, Nelspruit/Mbombela, as well as the Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route and the Barberton Makhonjwa Geotrail. Enjoy!

Eastern Cape: "The beautiful and rugged Wild Coast - Mandela country" (video)

The Emfuleni Corridor Tourism Association (ECTOUR), an umbrella body of tourism associations from various tourism nodes across South Africa's Eastern Cape, has released a new image video highlighting the various attractions of the Wild Coast. The coastal region, which stretches from the Mtamvuna River in the north to the Great Kei River in the south, is an adventure playground where untamed nature, ancient legends and iconic features and leaders converge. The resorts, nature reserves and camping facilities although remote, offer unsurpassed experiences to all visitors. 

The Wild Coast offers value for money holidays year round due to the mild winters and fantastic summers. Attractions include various hiking trails, mountain bike trails and events, horse riding, adventure races, the Greatest Shoal on Earth as well as long deserted beaches.

Eastern Cape: "Explore Route 72 on the Sunshine Coast" (video)

The Emfuleni Corridor Tourism Association (ECTOUR), an umbrella body of tourism associations from various tourism nodes across South Africa's Eastern Cape, has released a new image video highlighting the various attractions travellers can experience along the Route 72 on the Sunshine Coast.

South Africa's Sunshine Coast stretches along the Route 72 from Port Elizabeth in the west along about 300 km of sandy beaches to East London in the east, and northwards to the historically rich region of the Frontier Country. Attractions include some of the world's best sandy beaches, dune fields and sandstone rocky outcrops, a full variety of water sports (including world class surfing, sailing and snorkelling), quality golf courses, historical trails, a variety of Eco-walks and attractions, many annual festivals and welcoming locals.