25 July 2014

Air Namibia: Windhoek <> Frankfurt flights temporary re-routed to Gaborone!

Namibia's main airport, Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, has been downgraded from Category 9 to Category 5 following an audit by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) on Namibia Airports Company’s (NAC) facilities. The downgrading implicates that Air Namibia is currently not authorised to operate flights into and out of Windhoek with an Airbus A330-200, which requires a category 8 airport for landing and take-off. The airline is therefore forced to (temporary) re-route its flights between Frankfurt and Windhoek, operated on board an Airbus A330-200, to Gaborone in Botswana. From Gaborone Air Namibia ferries its passengers on board an Airbus A319-100 to Windhoek. Flight departure times remain the same but arrival times vary depending on aircraft availability.
Air Namibia expectes that the Namibia Airports Company will execute and rectify the respective shortcomings (inadequacy of fire and rescue equipment), which will result in Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) being upgraded to Category 9 again. Good luck!

Video: Discover Cape Town & Western Cape

The official Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape, WESGRO, has just released a new promo video for Cape Town and the Western Cape. Feeling the wanderlust already? Enjoy!

btw - the music is by Goodluck!

23 July 2014

Fastjust to increase flights to Mwanza (Tanzania) & Lusaka (Zambia)

Tanzania-based low-cost airline Fastjet has announced the increase of flights between Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Mwanza (MWZ) and between  Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Lusaka (LUN) in Zambia. From 01 August 2014 the airline will be adding four return flights per week on the route linking Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Mwanza (MWZ). These extra flights will operate on Sundays, Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, bringing the total number of return flights each week to 25.
From 17 August 2014, Fastjet will also operate an additional return flight on Sundays between Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Lusaka (LUN), bringing the number of flights linking Tanzania to Zambia to four per week.

22 July 2014

Cape Town: Table Mountain Cableway closes for annual maintenance

Cape Town's Table Mountain Cableway will be closing for scheduled annual maintenance required to meet the highest global cableway standards set by the Bundesamt für Verkehr (BAV), the swiss governing body for cableways. In 2014 the Table Mountain Cableway will be closed from 28 July 2014 to 10 August 2014 (if weather permits).

The 2014 Table Mountain Cableway maintenance plans include:
  • cleaning of the ropes and slack rope tests
  • renewing switches and bearings where necessary
  • servicing of the main gearbox
  • generators and back-up generators
  • general maintenance and testing

21 July 2014

Namibia: Two new conservancies approved in the Zambezi Region!

Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) approved two new conservancies in the country's Zambezi Region, formerly known as Caprivi Region. According to Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, the new Lusese and Nakabolelwa conservancies, which are located in the Kabbe North and South constituencies of the Zambezi Region, will possibly be gazetted by the beginning of August 2014. The two new areas are bringing the number of registered conservancies in Namibia to 81.

Lufthansa ups seasonal capacity to Cape Town!

Great news for Cape Town and South Africa. Germany's flag carrier, Lufthansa, will up the capacity of its seasonal non-stop service to Cape Town for the South African summer season. From the end of October 2014 the airline will be operating an Airbus A340 600, which adds about 30% more capacity to the route, between Germany and Cape Town. According to Lufthansa's Vice President Middle East, Africa & Southeast Europe, Tamur Goudarzi Pour, the increase in capacity comes after the demand for direct flights from Europe to Cape Town has increased.

18 July 2014

Air Uganda: Indefinite suspension of all operations

Uganda's quasi national carrier, Air Uganda, has announced an indefinite suspension of all operations. This follows the withdrawal of International Air Operator Certificates (AOCs) from all airlines registered in Uganda, by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on 17 June 2014. On 03 July 2014 the airline was therefor already forced to (by that time) temporary suspended all its international flights, including Nairobi, Mombasa (Kenya), Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Bujumbura (Burundi), Kigali (Rwanda), Mogadishu (Somalia), and Juba (South Sudan). Passengers holding valid Air Uganda tickets should contact Air Uganda (or their travel agent) to get a refund.