Archive for August 8th, 2017

Fastjet ‘temporarily’ suspends Dar es Salaam – Johannesburg flights

TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT – THAT IS THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

(Posted 08th August 2017)

Dar es Salaam to Entebbe – Gone
Dar es Salaam to Nairobi – Gone
Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg – Temporarily suspended

Vanessa Perumal must have felt mocked after getting her response to the initial question by Twitter when she asked if there was a Johannesburg to Dar es Salaam flight only to read ‘Where are you flying from?‘ before eventually Fastjet owned up and admitted that their flights on the route have been suspended ‘temporarily‘ due to what the airline called operational reasons.
Similar reasons were advanced in late November last year when Fastjet at the time, with very short notice, also axed their services from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi and Entebbe, leaving perplexed if not outright angry passengers behind to fend for themselves.
At the time, as reported here, were lack of suitable aircraft cited as secondary reasons, nothing new however given that the Airbus A319 was for long seen, and mentioned here, too large for many of the airline’s routes.
Notably has Fastjet also not used their main website portal to advertise the fact that the JNB DAR route has been suspended while their info box for ‘Latest‘ simply shows ‘Cancellation and Delay Information – There are no disruptions at the moment‘ testing the goodwill of their passengers once again with nebulous language if not outright concealment.
Nico Bezuidenhout and his team had received much advance thumbs up reporting but such inexplicable behaviour no doubt casts doubts over just how serious they are when passengers are jerked around like this?
Meanwhile has a regular aviation source in Dar es Salaam already indicated that a revived Air Tanzania could very well step up to claim the route rights between Dar, Entebbe and Nairobi, leaving Fastjet in the regulatory cold should they ever wish to resume services. A similar situation could happen also for the Johannesburg route especially when ATCL receives the first of two Bombardier C300’s, an ideal aircraft for the distance should Fastjet not resolve their aircraft issues on the double.
Watch this space for regular and breaking aviation news from the wider Eastern African region.

  1. Vanessa Perumal‏ @vanessaperumal Aug 7More

    Vanessa Perumal Retweeted fastjet

    Hi from Joburg to Dar is there a flight

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    fastjet @fastjet
    Replying to @vanessaperumal
    Hi@vanessaperumal,my apologies for the late response. Please advise where you are flying from and we will be happy to assist. CM

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Replying to @vanessaperumal

Hi@vanessaperumal , our route JNB-DAR has been temporarily suspended due to operational changes. We hope to resume soon. CM

12:47 PM – 7 Aug 2017

AVI AFRIQUE 2017: You’re invited

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ATTA – African Travel and Tourism Association News Updates

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Please find below this week’s summary of the Atta members news featuring news from across the African continent and beyond. Meanwhile, consider joining this premier association where everything is about Africa …

Atta Members Weekly News Summary
08th of August 2017

 

UK Media Takes a London Version of Zambia’s Legendary Walking Safaris
Kamageo
Five award-winning UK journalists and two leading magazine editors joined the Kamageo PR team to experience zebras, lions, elephants, giraffes and leopards on a Zambia-like walking safari in the heart of London. Read More


Representing Alfajiri Villas in Diani
Orbital Communications
Alfajiri Villas have long been regarded as the most exclusive beach property in Kenya and Simon Beck is proud and excited to now be representing this iconic coastal experience. Read More


Refreshed & Renewed
New African Territories
At African Territories, we have been busy creating a fresh and dynamic ‘new look’… and today we are very happy to share our re-brand with you! Read More


Kruger Elephants: Giants of the future
Africa Geographic
Kruger Elephants: Giants of the future. Read More


Swaziland’s Reed Dance Dates Announced
Kamageo
The dates for Swaziland’s biggest cultural event have been announced and a hive of colourful activity will soon descend upon the country in the form of the festival known as ‘Umhlanga’ or Reed Dance. Read More


Unite strikes – industrial action (2-15 August)
British Airways
All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite further industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite between Wednesday 2 August and Tuesday 15 August (inclusive). Read More


Malawi Leads the Way in Animal Conservation
Kamageo
In one of the largest and most significant translocations in human history, African Park’s conservation efforts bring the total number of elephants on the move in Malawi to 400. Read More


Immigration delays
British Airways
The media are reporting on Passport Immigration queues at several European airports with customers experiencing delays due to extra checks on both arrivals and departures. Read More


Threatened industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite (16-30 August)
British Airways
All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite a further period of threatened industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets. Read More


Africa Albida introduces 24-hour reservations
Africa Albida
From August 1, Africa Albida Tourism is now available for 24-hour reservations. Read More

Seychelles arrivals up by 21 percent so far as Germany remains top source market

SEYCHELLES MAKES MAJOR GAINS IN TOURIST ARRIVALS AGAIN

(Posted 08th August 2017)

Arrivals to the Seychelles were by July ahead of last year by a staggering 21 percent once again as numbers rose to 198.898 visitors, giving rise to hope for another record breaking year.Tourists from Germany topped the list, followed closely by France with the UAE now in third place, again a massive vote of confidence by that particular market which supports the Seychelles tourism sector with multiple flights every day from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
27.000 Germans came to the Seychelles between January and July, an increase of 33 percent compared to 2016, with these figures adding to the consternation of the Seychelles’ tourism private sector that flights from Duesseldorf to Mahe will be scrapped come September.
However, while Duesseldorf ‘lost‘ both of their weekly flights has Paris also been added by Air Seychelles for a flight reduction from presently four to three, also reducing seat capacity on the national airline from the French market which is currently trailing not too far behind Germany.

For added information on Destination Seychelles click on www.seychelles.travel or visit www.seychellestourismboard.travel

Brussels Airlines announces more flights to Mumbai

MUMBAI FLIGHTS SET TO INCREASE TO SIX A WEEK AS BRUSSELS AIRLINES INCREASES MARKET SHARE

(Posted 08th August 2017)

From the 29th of October will Brussels Airlines add a sixth weekly flight to their Mumbai route, leaving Brussels on a Saturday, only half a year after initially launching the service in March.
High loadfactors for passengers and cargo are seen as the main factor for this move and reportedly over 37.000 passengers have traveled on Brussels Airlines flights between Mumbai and Brussels over the past few months.
To launch the flights did the airline add a 10th Airbus A330 to their fleet bringing the overall count to 51.
From late next year will Brussels Airlines begin to exchange their A330 fleet as leases come to an end and the new aircraft, also A330’s, will then feature a completely new cabin interior with speculations rife over the new layout of the airline’s business and economy privilege classes.
In East Africa does Brussels Airlines connect the European capital five times a week with Entebbe / Uganda while also serving Kigali / Rwanda and Bujumbura / Burundi with six and one flights respectively.

Kenya Airways shareholders vote overwhelmingly for restructuring package

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING ACCEPTS KENYA AIRWAYS RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS

(Posted 08th August 2017)

Kenya Airways yesterday held an extraordinary general meetings of the company’s shareholders with but one major item on the agenda, the financial restructuring which will see a conversion from debt to equity.
This now allows, among others, the Kenyan government to convert their loans and loan guarantees into shares with the percentage rocketing from the current 29.8 percent to a whopping 46.53 percent.
KLM’s fortunes, despite a capital injection of 2.7 billion Kenya Shillings, will however move in the opposite direction as their share percentage drops under the newly approved move from 26.73 percent to just 13.71 percent.
The result will be a re-alignment on the board of directors where the government is expected to take up an additional seat.
Fresh on board as a shareholder will be the banks whose loans equate to a share holding percentage of 35.69 percent.
Smaller shareholders are hardest hit as their holdings are greatly diluted from previously 24.02 percent to a measly 1.24 percent. Kenya Airways’ staff will benefit from a 1.9 percent shareholding, perhaps instilling a greater sense of responsibility after only two weeks ago the rabid pilots union KALPA was allegedly once again involved in withdrawing goodwill which resulted in major flight disruptions – with some sources instantly suggesting this was aimed to sway voters for today’s general elections.
Some of the individual and smallscale investors have already vowed to take their grievances to court after accusing the chairman of Kenya Airways of wiping out their investments in one fell swoop but for that it will be wait and see who, if anyone, makes good of that threat.
For now are the foundations laid to move Kenya Airways once again into calmer financial skies after the possibility of a technical bankruptcy has been removed from the horizon.

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