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Unsustainable Aviation? The US Open Skies Debate


According to the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, Gulf-owned Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates aim to dominate global aviation by exploiting Open Skies policy and using subsidies to exploit their unfettered access to the US market, thereby threatening ...

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Are SA’s Low Domestic Airfares Sustainable?


In an industry known for small margins and high operating costs, South Africa’s low domestic airfare prices could be a big threat to an airlines existence. In this article Russell Jarvis looks at how sustainable this trend is for local ...

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The Rise of South Africa’s Low Cost Airlines


Many travellers are confused about all these new airlines in South Africa – why does one carrier charge extra for luggage when the others don’t? Why does one give me a free cup of coffee when the other guys are ...

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Open Skies under attack


The US Open Skies policy and resultant market liberalization agreements entered into with governments around the world are under attack by some airlines that seek to frustrate foreign carrier new entry. To maintain Open Skies and robust competition, the Business ...

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Open Skies for Africa


“The potential for growth in tourism will not be realised unless we open the skies in Africa.” Gillian Saunders – Grant Thornton. The liberalisation of Africa’s skies could spark significant growth in the tourism industry. Projections indicate that liberalisation between ...

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Africa’s Tourism Arrivals


International tourism arrival figures are a hotly debated issue but Tourism Tattler thought it would be interesting to take a look at arrival figures for the continent of Africa and rank them. Movement indicates the comparison between 2011 to 2010 – ...

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Is Flying Safer Now?


According to the Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year in terms of aviation accidents across the world since 1945. Of the 23 fatal airlines accidents, 511 people died. This is well below the annual average of 34 commercial ...

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Airlines and Tourism in Southern Africa – cleared for takeoff?


Working in isolation as competitors, the airline industry and hence tourist arrival figures to the Southern Africa region are doomed to fail, writes Martin Hatchuel. I attended the Hotel Investment Conference Africa (HICA 2013), which was convened at the Elengeni ...

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Most punctual airline in the world revealed


South African Airways is the most punctual airline in the world, according to a new report. And with a new CEO at the helm plus a codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles, SAA is set to soar. By Marjorie Dean. FlightStats, ...

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Comair launches High Court SAA challenge


Comair’s High Court legal challenge to the R5-billion government guarantee to South African Airways (SAA) aims to ensure that government will provide funding to SAA only after consultation with all affected stakeholders and in accordance with government’s Domestic Aviation Transport ...

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Air Seychelles raises the bar for inflight service


Getting there is a big part of any traveller’s holiday experience and Air Seychelles is determined that passengers arrive and leave with fond memories, writes Des Langkilde. Flying onboard the new Air Seychelles A330-200 is an absolute pleasure, made more ...

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SAA seeks to boost performance


South African Airways acting CEO Vuyisile Kona is preparing plans to increase revenue and improve efficiency in a new bid to boost the performance of the ailing state-owned carrier, writes Nicky Smith. The company was forced to borrow R550-million from ...

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