27 November 2015

Travel Video: "for that moment in South Africa"

Marko Roth, a 21 year old freelance filmmaker, student and self-proclaimed media addict from Frankfurt in Germany, recently spend two weeks in South Africa. While travelling the country, he shot the outstanding travel video "for that moment in South Africa".

The short film is by far one of the best on its kind I've seen in a while. What I really dig about "for that moment in South Africa" is that it is not only a great piece of (travel)-filmmaking, but also an attempt to understand and explain why we all actually love to travel. Kudos Marko & team!

26 November 2015

Mozambique: Nacala Airport to receive international flights from March/April 2016!

According to the chairman of Mozambique's state airport management company (Aeroportos de Moçambique/ AdM), Emanuel Chaves, Nacala (International) Airport (MNC) in the country's north is expected to receive its certification to operate as an international airport in December 2015. International airlines operating to Mozambique are expected to start using the airport between March and April 2016. As of now, Mozambican airline LAM is the only airline operating flights to and from Nacala Airport.

Nacala International Airport (MNC), which is located near Nacala in the Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique, has capacity to serve 500,000 passengers and receive 5,000 tons of cargo per year, opened in December 2014. The facilities at the Airport cover an area of 30,000m², including a passenger terminal area of 15,000m² and a control tower. The 3,100-metre runway allows large aircraft, such as the Boeing 747, to use the facility.

24 November 2015

Turkish Airlines to temporarily increase flights between Istanbul <> Johannesburg!

Turkey's flag carrier, Turkish Airlines, has announced that it will temporarily (11 July - 28 October 2016) increase flights between Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) in Istanbul and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg from currently seven flights per week to ten flights per week. The three new flights (TK163) will depart Istanbul at 21:05 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will arrive in Johannesburg at 05:55 the following morning. The return flights will depart Johannesburg at 07:25 and will arrive in Istanbul at 18:00. Turkish Airlines currently operates its daily flights between Istanbul and Johannesburg as follows:

23 November 2015

Namibia: 79 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2015!

According to Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the country has lost 79 rhinos to poaching so far in 2015. Of the 79 rhinos, most rhinos were poached in Etosha National Park. Some of the carcasses found in the National Park may actually be old and could therefore be the remains of animals that were killed before the start of 2015. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism offers rewards of N$60 000 for information that lead to the arrest and prosecution of rhino poachers.

Namibia has experienced a sharp increase in cases of rhino poaching over the past five years. Namibia lost one rhino to poaching in 2009 and 2010 respectively, two rhinos were illegally killed in 2012, four in 2013 and 25 in 2014. 

19 November 2015

KLM set to increase Amsterdam <> Cape Town service to daily in 2016!

Europe's largest airline group, Air France–KLM, has announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) will increase its direct service between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in Amsterdam and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town to daily in May 2016. The airline will operate the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to connect the two destinations.
Air France–KLM (Air France and KLM) carry more than 77 million passengers per year. They operate 573 aircraft enabling them to fly to 243 destinations in 103 countries.

Thomas Cook Airlines to launch direct flights London-Gatwick <> Cape Town!

British airline Thomas Cook Airlines has announced that it will launch direct flights between Gatwick Airport (LDW) in London and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town as part of its (Northern) winter schedule (15 December 2016 to 20 March 2017). The airline will operate three weekly flights on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays on board its refurbished Airbus A330 fleet between the two destinations. The flights will be the first direct flights to Cape Town from a UK airport other than Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London.

18 November 2015

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in October 2015

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport, and Durban's King Shaka International Airport in October 2015.
On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark with considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance October 2015 (airport target 87%)
  1. FlySafair - 93.77% (September 96.27%)
  2. South African Airways - 89.10% (September 88.77%)
  3. Airlink - 87.05% (September 89.47%) 
  4. Mango - 82.45% (September 85.22%)
  5. SA Express - 79.52% (September 76.14%) 
  6. Kulula.com - 79.10% (September 84.90%)
  7. British Airways Domestic - 77.99% (September 87.85%) 
Cape Town International Airport - 15 Min on Time Performance October 2015 (airport target 90%)
  1. SA Express - 94.50% (September 94.00%) 
  2. FlySafair - 94.10% (September 95.41%)  
  3. Airlink - 93.06% (September 93.29%)
  4. South African Airways - 92.69% (September 90.44%)   
  5. Mango - 89.07% (September 90.88%)
  6. Kulula.com - 88.18% (September 88.37%)  
  7. British Airways Domestic - 79.91% (September 89.65%)
King Shaka International Airport, Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance October 2015 (airport target 91%)
  1. FlySafair - 98.00% (September --.--%) 
  2. Airlink - 92.91% (September 94.53%)  
  3. South African Airways - 92.83% (September 93.90%)  
  4. SA Express - 89.49% (September 87.63%) 
  5. Kulula.com - 86.07% (September 89.57%)
  6. Mango - 85.13% (September 88.48%)
  7. British Airways Domestic - 73.08% (September 83.17%)