18 December 2018

South Africa: Cemair to restore service as soon as possible!

South African regional carrier Cemair just announed on Facebook and its website that its urgent application in South Africa's High Court to overturn the suspension of its Air Operator Certificates (AOC) by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has been successful. In the coming hours, the airline will announce plans to restore service as soon as possible. We'll keep you posted!

Botswana: Seasonal Rainfall and Temperature Outlook Update for the January to April 2019 rainfall season

Botswana's Department of Meteorological Services (DMS) has released the National Seasonal Rainfall and Temperature Outlook Update for Botswana for the January to April 2019 rainfall season. According to the outlook, the month from January to March 2019 will generally be a normal to below rainfall season, while some parts across central Botswana are expected to receive normal to above rains during the month from February to April 2019. Most parts of the country are expected to be relatively hot as above normal temperatures are anticipated.

South African Airways and Emirates expand commercial relationship!

South Africa's flag carrier, South African Airways (SAA), and the world's largest international airline, Emirates, are expanding their commercial relationship. The two airlines have signed an enhanced commercial partnership agreement, which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and will strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997. SAA and Emirates will work towards bringing more synergies in their respective route network, customer touch points, cargo services and flight schedules to enable seamless connectivity and enhance passenger flows. Connectivity will be improved by adjusting connecting times through Johannesburg, with a special focus on popular regional markets. Included in the new agreement are plans to enhance the frequent flyer programs, SAA's "Voyager" and Emirates' "Skywards" programme. The two airlines will separately work on other areas of bilateral cooperation and an exchange of best practices across multiple airline functions.

17 December 2018

Zambia: Proflight Zambia puts its flights to Kasama on hold!

Zambian airline Proflight Zambia puts its flights to Kasama Airport (KAA) in Kasama, located in Zambia's Northern Province, on hold pending modifications to the larger aircraft it plans to deploy on the route. The airline had assigned a larger 29-seat Jetstream 41 aircraft to its Kasama routes from 01 January 2019 in the expectation that the Kasama Airport's runway would be tarred, but delays to that process mean the landing strip remains gravelled and unsuitable for that aircraft. Proflight Zambia expects its flights from Lusaka and Ndola to Kasama to be suspended for January until April 2019.

Fastjet suspended all domestic flights in Tanzania!

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) has revoked fastjet's qualification of operate flights in Tanzania due to the frequent cancellation of flights. This only affects flights operated by fastjet Tanzania, which has officially suspended all flights within the Tanzanian network with immediate effect. All flights to and from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique remain unaffected as these are conducted by other airlines part of Fastjet. Fastjet Plc is a British/South African-based holding company for a group of lowcost carriers that operate in Africa.

14 December 2018

Air Botswana: Service disruptions due to shortage of aircraft!

Botswana's flag carrier, Air Botswana, has informed the public that it is likely to experience service disruptions due to shortage of aircraft. The airline has to revert to a 2-aircraft operation and will therefor most likely be forced to re-schedule some flights during the holiday travel period. According to a press release, the Air Botswana is already taking steps to minimize the impact of these disruptions and will communicate timeously and frequently about the status of affected fligths. The airline advises its customers to contact the nearest Air Botswana office for more information and further assistance. We'll keep you posted in case more information become available. 

South Africa: The South African Civil Aviation Authority has grounded CemAir! [update]

update (14 December 2018): Cemair regrets the indefinite suspension and rejects the reasons offered by the SACAA for their decision. According to a statement on facebook, the airline can currently not offer alternative solutions to their custoners and advises its customers to book an alternative journey to their destinations. Cemair will advise at the soonest possible time about a refund process for bookings with the airline. 

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has grounded South African regional carrier CemAir by suspending two of the airline's Air Operator Certificates (AOC). As a result Cemair can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its 21 aircraft in South Africa. SACAA said in an official statement, that “These myriad of identified non-compliances bring to the fore the fact that the actions and conduct of this operator pose a serious and immediate threat to safety". We'll keep you posted!