Archive for March, 2017

Corporate Council on Africa News Updates

Nigeria: Abuja Airport Runway Now 57.5% Completed – Minister Footprint 2 Africa
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has disclosed that the reconstruction of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has reached 57.5 per cent… Read more>>

Report ranks Rwanda third in science, technology and innovation capacity in Africa New Times
A new continental report has ranked Rwanda third on the continent as far as science, technology and innovation (STI) capacity is concerned… Read more>>

Aviation technology upgrade ensures safer African skies Biz Nis
Taking place in the capital city, Gaborone, the primary focus of this meeting is around the SADC VSAT network upgrade… Read more>>

West Africa: The Bleak Future of Aviation in West Africa This Day
Africa has the least air connectivity in the world, according to aviation industry experts. It is an indubitable fact that a Nigerian that… Read more>>

Kenya Airways launches ‘Air Pass’


(Posted 31st March 2017)

Kenya Airways, in collaboration with Optiontown, presents their new product Flight Pass that allows passengers to conveniently pre-purchase flights at a very low cost and book flights later when they want to travel. The more credits one buys, the cheaper it gets.
No matter where or how often a passenger flies, the Flight Pass allows them to minimize their total flying costs by locking-in a low fare and avoiding future fare increases.
With an easy installment plan, a passenger may pay only 20% upfront and rest later when he or she travels.
Travelers can include all their favorite destinations in a single Flight Pass and share it with their family, friends or colleagues. Flight Pass will also save them time and energy in searching fares and booking.
There are no black-out dates or hidden restrictions nor are there any additional fees. A travelers can book any flight that is available for purchase till the last unsold seat, irrespective of available fare class, subject to the advance booking limit and flight pass terms.
Currently, one can buy the Flight Pass for all Kenya domestic and East African routes for both economy and business class. In the future, Kenya Airways plans to expand the program to the rest of the Kenya Airways destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle-East and India.
With Flight Pass, a passenger can Fly more, Pay up to 50% less, save time & effort in trip planning and booking, and enhance the travel convenience, a completely different experience altogether!

Flight Pass benefits
Cheapest and most convenient way to fly!
KQ_Benifits_1_Icon_FPo.png Fly More, Pay Less (up to 50% off)
Save up to 50% on flight costs. No need to worry about fare increase as your low fare is locked-in.
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Customize your favorite destinations, number of flights, number of users, travel period, etc. to suit your needs.
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Enjoy the luxury to book any flight until the last available seat subject to your advance booking limit. No hidden restrictions or fees.
KQ_Benifits_4_Icon_FPo.png Pay only 20% and rest later
Just pay 20% upfront and rest later in easy installments.
KQ_Benifits_5_Icon_FPo.png Pool and Share
Share your flight pass with friends, family or colleagues.
KQ_Benifits_6_Icon_FPo.png Most convenient way to book and fly
Make your booking & travel experience more convenient and relaxed. Save time and effort in searching flight deals and booking.
KQ_Benifits_7_Icon_FPo.png More vacations, more family trips, more savings
Cheapest, yet most convenient way to travel more and more for fun or pleasure.
KQ_Benifits_8_Icon_FPo.png Most cost efficient way for business travel
Book flights at last minute, manage travel online, share flight pass across all employees and earn maximum savings.

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Skyward launches Wilson Mombasa Lamu services


(Posted 31st March 2017)

As of today do passengers traveling from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport have more choices to fly to Mombasa and notably Lamu, as do passengers from Mombasa now have a choice to fly on a daily scheduled service using a Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft to Lamu. The cost of a ticket from Nairobi was given at 7.000 Kenya Shillings return.
Previously it was mostly by chartered plane that coast residents and even tourists could reach Lamu but as of today does Skyward Express offer the option of flying on a scheduled service where one pays for the ticket but not empty seats on chartered aircraft.
In fact does Skyward serve the Nairobi Wilson to Mombasa route twice a day though only one of the two flights then continues to Lamu.
Happy Landings to all passengers and crew!

Lillian Gaitho’s weekend thoughts again focus on travel over Easter

Easter escape: 6 last-minute Easter break road trips for families that won’t break the bank

This year, Easter comes with an additional gift for families on school-term break; if you have some days saved up from your annual leave, then you can easily extend the holiday to catch up with Labor Day! Not possible? Then don’t fret, four days is long-enough a weekend to drive away and explore some of the treasures that we tend to ignore when we think ‘vacations”. It’s the perfect break to take a drive out of town, catch some fresh, unpolluted country-side air, and still come back home with no blues or lags to nurse.

If you are currently panicking over what to do during the Easter Holidays, while considering the ever-rising cost of fuel, then, consider one of these short trips for fulfilling family time.

Mount Kenya climb or hike

If you lead a pack of fit, energetic and adventurous family team, then it’s time to start practicing for a mighty Easter hike up the slopes of Mount Kenya. You do not necessarily have to scale the peaks, but with a good guide, right attitude, a little practice, you will more than enjoy your break. You can combine this with other activities around the area such as a refreshing bush breakfast, horse riding the plains or slopes, or even visit rare treasures such as Mau Mau caves along the Mount Kenya circuit.

All set up at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club

Drive down the rift

Before you even bade farewell to the frills of the capital heading for the Rift Valley, the topography mophs from inanimate skyscrapers and storeyed, to stretches of thick canopies, lush greenery and welcoming breeze. The drive is therapeutic. You can choose to camp in any of the Naivasha/Nakuru lake front sites, or chose any of the other attractions such as Hell’s Gate for hiking, rock climbing and wildlife sightings.

View from the Great Rift Valley Lodge And Golf Resort

Or branch off and break waves at Rapids Camp

Feeling a little adventurous? Then you can decide to lay down the usual, and try something more adrenaline pumping! This could be water rafting on River Sagana, just about 90 minutes’ drive from the city center. If rumbling wild waters stir storms in your heart, then try bungee jumping or just chose to relax and take in the cooling effects of the waterfalls from the banks. Rapids camp is also a great place to hold group camping activities, as well as family picnics.

Scenery, springs, and salt at Lake Magadi

A simple diversion from popular city streets could be just what your soul craves this Easter. Once you are done with the monkeys and baboons down Rongai and past Kiserian towns, take great photos of the Ngong’ hills, and rolling windmills high up the hilly range. Three hours on a four-wheeler will open up to the scenic shores of Lake Magadi, thousands of flamingoes and pelicans and simply picturesque sunset. This is also a pretty great learning opportunity for both parents and their little ones; drop by the Olorgesailie pre-historic site museum to view age-old biological and cultural displays marking the first records of human existence. Magadi road is generally not very drive-friendly, but a good four-wheeler will do. This is also the time to make use of your cooler box by stocking drinking water and any energizers as the heat can be unbearable.

Indulge in ancient royalty

Tafaria Castle Country Lodge is perhaps what we have in close imitation to the ancient tales of knights and swords, ladies and lords and swan princess who always found love from the other side of the social divide! Set in Nyeri, again benefitting from the coolness of Kenya’s highest mountain, the castle offers a journey down memory lane, to medieval times woven in charm, adventure and imagination.

A royal weekend at the Tafaria Castle – Nyeri

At one with nature; Swara plains Athi River

A little secret, set in the shadows of Lukenya Hill, and stretching across 20 000 acres of wildlife sanctuary is this camp that’s barely an hour’s drive from the capital. If you are looking for a calm, reflective weekend set in a rustic and un-spoilt environment, then this is the place to be. Praised for well thought out meals, warm staff, airy and spacious bandas, Swara Acacia Camp also offers game drives for its guests, fishing expeditions and cycling trails for the children and basically a homely environment for the entire family.

News updates about Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport News – Rebroadcast for readers of ATC News
especially those flying with Brussels Airlines to the European
capital and beyond …

A Smurfing Family Lane at screening
Smurfenfoto.094805.jpeg Together with the Smurfs, we’ll be giving families leaving on holiday from Brussels Airport a proper send-off this Easter. On 29-30-31 March and 1 April, the Smurfs will welcome all families at our special Family security Lane.

Kids can follow the Smurfs footprint and will receive a unique colouring booklet. Enjoy your stay at Brussels Airport and have a nice flight.

With Brussels Airlines to Mumbai
From today, Brussels Airlines will be offering direct flights to Mumbai, the capital of the state of Maharashtra and the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. You can fly direct 5 times per week (on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), in each case departing Brussels Airport at 10.50 am. Pic1.131312.png
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To Atlanta with Delta Air Lines
delta.141851.102547.jpg Delta Air Lines has been connecting Brussels Airport with various US destinations for over 25 years now. And this month, we had the honour of welcoming Atlanta back to the list. If you are travelling to Atlanta can now choose between 5 direct flights per week (and in the summer period, even daily flights). The reintroduction of the Atlanta flights was celebrated with a traditional “water salute” by our fire department and a festive cake for passengers on Monday 27 March.
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Aviation Awards
Brussels Airport once again put its partners in the spotlight at the 10th Aviation Awards on 9 March 2017. This year’s distinction for punctuality went to Air Malta and Qatar Airways. The winners of the other awards were Ryanair, Brussels Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo, Air Cargo Belgium, LSG Sky Chefs and Singapore Airlines. AviationAwards.132258.png
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Air Canada B787 Dreamliner lands for the first time at Brussels Airport
AirCananda.132444.jpg The brand-new Air Canada B787 Dreamliner is scheduled to make its first landing at Brussels Airport on 2 April, en route from Montreal. Together with 20 Business, 21 Premium Economy and 210 Economy class passengers. The occasion will be marked in style at Brussels Airport with a traditional “water salute” on the tarmac.

The Dreamliner’s appearance at Brussels Airport is just temporary. As of May 2017, Air Canada will revert to the Airbus A330 for its year round Montreal-Brussels route.

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Herschel pop-up store
Looking for a last-minute bag or accessory for your trip? Herschel Supply recently opened a brand-new store in the connector, opposite the Tintin rocket towards Concourse A. Spend 70 euros and get a free beanie. Spend 100 euros or more and get a free laptop sleeve. So be sure to drop in on your way to the gate! Open daily from 6am to 9pm. HerschelPopup.132803.png
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A little big taste of Africa

Travel Africa Extra Magazine – Reproduced here for the readers of ATC News

Welcome to the March issue of Travel Africa Extra, our monthly compendium of information, stories, interviews and advice for readers of Travel Africa magazine, delivered to you by email at the end of each month.
Please feel free to share this mini-mag with family, friends and colleagues who’d enjoy reading more about Africa – the more readers we have, the more we’re all sharing our love of Africa!

Zimbabwe, month by month

The champagne months, the dry months, the months of contrast

A taste of Marrakech

Food tours are a great way to try traditional dishes

Tracking lions in Tswalu

Brian Jackman set out to find Kalahari lions, with rich rewards

The little five

Start with the smaller, but no less fascinating, namesakes

Tribute to paths

The significance of footprints and tracks of the African landscape

Emily Lamb

The artist spoke to us about her love affair with Africa, her efforts to combine narrative and art, and her collaboration with her grandfather David Shepherd.

Great, greasy Limpopo

“Come hither, Little One,” said the Crocodile, “for I am the Crocodile.” A charming excerpt from ‘The Elephant’s Child’, Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories

Partner Profile

Talking to David Ryan, the founder of safari company Rhino Africa, you can feel his passion for Africa oozing out of him.

Meet Annabel Hughes

Head chef at The Elephant Café, a unique bush restaurant and voted Zambia’s best new restaurant of 2016.

Africa is extraordinary. Its people are some of the most peaceable, friendly and welcoming in the world. Its natural beauty and heritage breathtaking and abundant. They say you never visit Africa once; that it touches you in a way that is hard to explain. If you’ve enjoyed these articles, and they’ve been helpful to you, why not subscribe to Travel Africa magazine, and encourage your friends to subscribe as well, and together we’ll explore the world’s most exciting continent!

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The Nesbitt Castle is undergoing major upgrades to return in a new shine

The Nesbitt Castle | Bulawayo is closing for major refurbishments

Hotel News

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Highlights from The Nesbitt Castle blog this past month. Follow us on our social media platforms for instant updates as they happen!


Room & Restaurant Closure for Refurbishment

The Nesbitt Castle is closing our rooms and restaurant side of our business for an extended period of time for major building maintenance and upgrades. Management feels that we cannot continue to keep our good name without these refurbishments to the Hotel. Once complete we will be having a grand opening a’la Castle style! Our Functions …read more →

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