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SAA battles festive season baggage backlog

2014-12-19 16:20

SAA says load shedding is not at the heart of luggage woes befalling the airline, as excessive festive season capacity takes its toll on certain routes.

'Unruly' SA woman causes international flight diversion

2014-12-19 07:43
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A 30-year-old woman from Sandton, Johannesburg, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting two Air Canada flight attendants on board a flight from London to Toronto.

India's cash-strapped spice jet resumes service

2014-12-17 17:31

Cash-strapped Indian budget carrier Spicejet resumed flights Wednesday evening after a harrowing day for passengers with a bulk of its scheduled flights cancelled.

Festive season passenger traffic spikes at SA's airports

2014-12-15 16:24

Acsa has advised passengers to make use of online check-in and to allow enough time for baggage drop-offs as SA's airports get busier over the holiday period.

Lawmakers to discuss Heathrow's problems

2014-12-14 09:29

British lawmakers are to meet to discuss the computer glitch that affected thousands of passengers arriving and departing from Heathrow.

SAA and Etihad expand landmark partnership

2014-12-11 11:26

SAA will operate daily between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi from end of March 2015, to double the number of routes in the airlines’ code share agreement.

Bomb alert at Stockholm's Arlanda airport

2014-12-09 18:19

Swedish police have evacuated parts of a terminal building at Stockholm's Arlanda airport after a bomb alert and apprehended a man who appeared mentally unstable.

SAA strengthens network with Air China

2014-12-05 12:34

Air China and South African Airways will be re-configuring its routes to strengthen co-operations between the two countries, following a state visit by President Zuma to China.

Britain to scrap air travel taxes for children

2014-12-03 16:09

British finance minister George Osborne said he would scrap a tax charged on children flying out of the country, making it cheaper for families to travel.

Mango to give away R1m in vouchers

2014-12-03 06:35

Mango is being both naughty and nice this festive season as it ruffles the feathers of its competitors with an unexpected voucher exchange offer.

SA flights affected by massive Lufthansa strike

2014-12-01 16:30

German airline Lufthansa has cancelled a total of 1 350 flights, affecting flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, after pilots went on strike in an ongoing dispute.

New IATA agreement protects passengers from airline bankruptcy

2014-11-25 16:04

The International Air Transport Association has announced a new arrangement to help passengers impacted by airline bankruptcy while travelling in Europe.

Namibia's airline spreads wings to the Middle East

2014-11-25 09:15

Namibia's national carrier Air Namibia is seeking partnerships with Fly Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines to open routes to the Middle East.

Mango enters new car-hire partnership

2014-11-20 09:12

A new partnership between the low cost airline and Avis car rental company will aim to simplify the travelling process for passengers.

Etihad and Alitalia complete merger

2014-11-17 10:59

Alitalia and Etihad Airways have received clearance from the European Commission to complete their strategic partnership announced in August.

Asiana service to San Francisco suspended for 45 days

2014-11-14 09:53

South Korea on Friday ordered a 45-day suspension of Asiana Airlines' service to San Francisco as a penalty for one of its planes crashing there last year, the transport ministry said.

Cape Town International Airport gears up for peak season

2014-11-11 11:23

Cape Town International Airport has seen seasonal international airlines return in time for the peak period, with some even increasing their weekly flights to the city.

SA airport fun!

2014-11-10 12:14

Cool new features to see at local airports, while you wait for your next flight.

Remains of MH17 victims 'may never be fully recovered'

2014-11-08 16:07

All the remains of the victims from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 might never be fully recovered, the Dutch foreign minister says, as five more coffins were flown out of Ukraine.

WATCH: What happens when a cellist and a beatboxer board the same flight

2014-11-04 11:03

A beatboxer and a cellist joining forces for an impromptu performance... not that's not something one see's every day. Especially not on a flight!

SA aviation needs new niche markets - official

2014-10-31 12:13

Aviation in Africa supports about seven million jobs and SA must identify new opportunities in niche markets to be competitive, says the department of transport.

 

Etihad gets new A380 kitted out with lux suite

2014-12-19 10:37

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways gets its first A380, outfitted with lux suite, bathroom with shower

KZN official nude beach rule #1: no surprise erections

2014-12-18 10:05

As the rules of SA’s first legal nude beach in KZN are made available, a petition to declare Sandy Bay an official naturist beach has been launched.

India's Spicejet resumes flights

2014-12-17 16:40

Cash-strapped Indian budget carrier Spicejet has resumed flights after a harrowing day for passengers with many scheduled flights cancelled.

SA travellers give low-cost airline competition the thumbs up

2014-12-15 18:45

News24 readers have voted in a poll about the launch of a fourth low-cost carrier in South Africa, and for the most part they believe it will benefit the domestic traveller.

Russia denies near miss in Baltic skies

2014-12-14 17:58

Russia's defence ministry has denied Swedish claims that for the second time this year, a Russian military aircraft nearly collided with a passenger jet over Sweden.

SA’s newest low-cost airline set to take off in 2015

2014-12-12 14:17

South Africa’s newest low-cost airline, Skywise, is officially launching on Saturday 13 December, announcing its maiden flight.

SAA assembles new ‘war cabinet’ to solve crisis

2014-12-10 06:19

SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout has announced a 90-Day Action Plan - a reality-check timeline for the airline that aims to shave off in excess of R1.3bn of its annual debt.

Passenger jet in near-miss with drone at Heathrow

2014-12-08 09:22

A passenger jet was involved in a near-miss with a drone at London Heathrow, one of the world's busiest airports.

Etihad introduces new in-flight enhancements

2014-12-05 16:12

Passengers travelling with Etihad Airways can expect a host of new products and enhancements to its long-haul and ultra-longhaul cabins.

Aircraft technology isn’t the only way travel is evolving

2014-12-03 16:20

Customer-centric websites and next-level personalisation are just some of the developments that have improved the overall travel experience.

kulula awarded as Best Low Cost Airline

2014-12-03 08:33

kulula.com has received an international nod with an airline excellence award, hosted by AirlineRatings.com.

‘Insensitive’ tweet gets Malaysia Airlines in hot water

2014-12-01 11:23

A tweet sent out by Malaysia Airlines over the weekend was labelled as insensitive, as it drew an uncomfortable parallel with the MH370 disaster.

Passenger held for urinating in galley of Mango plane

2014-11-26 06:29
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A passenger, who insisted on using the toilet during take-off, decided to just let go in full view of other passengers on board a Mango flight from PE to Johannesburg.

SAA defends CEO accused of false qualifications

2014-11-25 09:26

SAA said in a statement history is littered with extremely successful individuals who did not complete their tertiary degrees, such as Henry Ford, Dustin Moskovitz and Richard Branson.

Plane bursts tyre on landing at Cape Town Airport

2014-11-24 10:38

A light aircraft plane burst a tyre on landing at Cape Town International, blocking runway 01 at the airport on Sunday.

And the world's best airlines are...

2014-11-20 21:00

We compare two highly regarded 'best airlines' list to establish which carriers could be considered top of the pops.

How to beat jet lag

2014-11-18 12:47

Emirates will not be grounded - DoT

2014-11-17 09:09

Confidential talks have taken place between SA and UAE following reported non-compliance for an increased Emirates flight service from Johannesburg.

UK relaxes transit visa regulations for South Africans

2014-11-12 09:34

The British High Commission has announced somewhat relaxed transit visa rules for travellers from South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

MH370 to be declared 'lost'

2014-11-11 10:11

Relatives of MH370 passengers have criticised beleaguered Malaysia Airlines after an official reportedly said authorities would set a date to announce the plane "lost".

Cool things to do at SA airports while you wait

2014-11-10 12:10

Whether you're into books, wine, plane spotting or music, these local airports will keep you entertained.

FlySafair announces a second base and new routes

2014-11-06 13:37

Since launching its first flight between Cape Town and Johannesburg in mid-October, it's been full steam ahead for South Africa's latest budget airline, FlySafair.

Passengers complain of 'unbearable' smell as leak grounds flight

2014-11-04 08:52

Virgin Australia has denied passenger claims that human waste reached the aisles during a leak incident on one of its planes.

‘Be careful, Ebola’ note puts flight into lockdown

2014-10-31 09:28

It seems like ‘Ebola’ is the new ‘bomb,’ as yet another flight was subjected to a terrifying ‘joke’ by a passenger.

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