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SAA Strike Action Confirmed

South African Airways aircraft tail against storm clouds

JOHANNESBURG, 14 November 2019 – According to a statement released by South African Airways (SAA), nearly all domestic, regional and international SAA flights will be cancelled on Friday, 15th and Saturday, 16th November 2019 due to planned strike action. Note ...

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ACSA Signs Airports Agreement With Thailand

Bongiwe Mbomvu, Acting CEO of Airports Company South Africa and Dr Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, president of Airports of Thailand.

JOHANNESBURG, 14 December 2018 – Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has signed a sister airports agreement with Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited that will enable the two companies to cooperate and share information. A memorandum of understanding covering the ...

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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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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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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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