18 March 2019

Ethiopian Airlines to increase flights between Addis Ababa - Seoul - Tokyo!

Ethiopia's flag carrier, Ethiopian Airlines, will increase flights between Bole International Airport (ADD) in Addis Ababa and Narita International Airport (NRT) in Tokyo, Japan, via Incheon International Airport (ICN) in Seoul, South Korea. Effective 17 June 2019, the airline will offer five weekly return flights on board a Boeing 787-8 to South Korea and Japan. The additional flight will be operated on Mondays.

Austrian Airlines to temporarily introduce additional flights between Vienna <> Cape Town!

Austrian Airlines, the flag carrier of Austria and a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, will increase flights between Vienna International Airport (VIE) in Vienna and Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town from in the Northern winter season 2019/20. The airline will offer a third weekly flight from 25 December 2019 to 07 January 2020 and from 23 January 2020 to 18 February 2020. In the Northern winter season 2018/19, Austrian Airlines also temporarily introduced a third weekly flight between Vienna and Cape Town, but only during the Christmas and New Year period.

15 March 2019

Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg): Free entry on Human Rights Day!

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg just announced on its Facebook page that the entrance will be free on Human Rights Day on 21 March 2019. The Museum will also host a public debate titled "The Black Body: (Still) a Site of Oppression" between 15:00 - 17:00 that day (RSVP required).

The Apartheid Museum is located on the corner of Northern Park Way and Gold Reef Road in Johannesburg. It is open daily from 09:00 - 17:00 (except for Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day). The admission fee is currently R95.00 for adults and R80.00 for pensioners, university students and children. You can visit the Apartheid Museum as part of your City Sightseeing red bus tour.

Constitution Hill (Johannesburg): Free entry & tours on Human Rights Day!

Johannesburg's Constitution Hill precinct is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa's journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort and is, today, home to the country's Constitutional Court. Constitution Hill will offer free entry and tours on Human Rights Day on 21 March 2019. In the evening of the day, the official launch of the Constitution Hill Human Rights Festival will take place at the precint. The following four days will include activities on "Activism Row", a film festival, workshops, theatre, a poetry festival and the #StandUp4HumanRights Music Concert. The annual "We, the People Walk" will be taking place alongside the "We, the Children Walk", and there will also be a "Book Fest", a "Makers Market", a "Social Forum for debate and discussion", and more.

The Constitution Hill precinct is located at 11 Kotze Street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg near the western end of the suburb of Hillbrow. The opening hours are daily from 09:00 to 17:00, with the final tour departing from the Visitor Centre at 16:00. Tickets for adults cost between R80 (1hrs highlights tour) and R300 (3hrs night tour). If you are visiting Constitution Hill as part of your City Sightseeing red bus tour, your red bus ticket entitles you to a 25% discount off your Constitution Hill ticket price on the day of your red bus trip.

Constitution Hill provides free entry on the following days:
  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • Women's Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Day: 24 September
  • World Tourism Day: 27 September
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December 

14 March 2019

Iziko Museums of South Africa: Free entry on Human Rights Day!

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) has announced that visitors will have free access to all of its museums and galleries in Cape Town (except for the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, Groot Constantia and museums closed for repair and renovations) on Human Rights Day on 21 March 2019. Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection-specific libraries in Cape Town.

Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) provides free entry on the following days:
  • 21 March – Human Rights Day
  • 27 April – Freedom Day
  • 18 May - International Museum Day
  • 25 May – Africa Day
  • 16 June – Youth Day
  • 09 August – Women’s Day
  • 17 - 24 September – Heritage Day and Heritage Week
  • 01 December – World Aids Day & Emancipation Day
  • 16 December - Reconciliation Day

Fastjet cancels flights im Mozambique due to tropical cyclone Idai! [update]

Fastjet announced on Facebook earlier today (14 March 2019) that it has cancelled domestic flights between Maputo International Airport (MPM) in Maputo and Beira Airport (BEW) in Beira on 14 March 2019 and 15 March 2019 as well as between Maputo and Quelimane Airport (UEL) in Quelimane on 15 March 2019 due to tropical cyclone Idai. All customers affected by the cancellations are entitled to rebook onto the next available flight to their scheduled destination (up to seven days of the intended date of travel) without incurring change fees (fare differences may apply). Please contact Fastjet for further information. The cancelled flights include:
  • 14 March 2019:
  • FN9100 From Maputo (MPM) To Beira (BEW) STD: 06:50
  • FN9106 From Maputo (MPM) To Beira (BEW) STD: 17:25
  • FN9101 From Beira (BEW) To Maputo (MPM) STD: 08:50
  • FN9107 From Beira (BEW) To Maputo (MPM) STD: 19:25   
  • 15 March 2019:
  • FN9100 From Maputo (MPM) To Beira (BEW) STD: 06:50
  • FN9101 From Beira (BEW) To Maputo (MPM) STD: 08:50
  • FN7661 From Maputo (MPM) to Quelimane (UEL) STD: 10:10
  • FN7662 From Quelimane (UEL) to Maputo (MPM) STD: 14:10
  • FN9106 From Maputo (MPM) To Beira (BEW) STD: 17:25 - new
  • FN9107 From Beira (BEW) To Maputo (MPM) STD: 19:25 - new

13 March 2019

Survey: Durban has Africa's second best quality of living 2019!

According to the 2019 editon of Mercer's annual Quality of Living survey, Durban (global ranking #88) in South Africa has the second best quality of living in Africa, followed by Cape Town (#95) and Johannesburg (#96). Windhoek in Namibia came in on 7th rank, followed by Gaborone in Botswana on 8th position and Lusaka in Zambia on 9th position. Port Louis (#83), the capital city of Mauritius, is the city with the best quality of living in Africa 2019.
The Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2019 ranks 231 cities on quality of life. The data for the 2019 survey was analysed between September and November 2018. Mercer evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories. Kudos @ Mercer!

African cities ordered according to the Mercer "Quality of Living"-Rankings 2019:
  1. #083 (global rank) Port Louis, Mauritius
  2. #088 Durban, South Africa
  3. #095 Cape Town, South Africa
  4. #096 Johannesburg, South Africa
  5. #114 Tunis, Tunisia
  6. #117 Rabat, Morocco
  7. #124 Casablanca, Morocco
  8. #131 Windhoek, Namibia
  9. #141 Gaborone, Botswana
  10. #150 Lusaka, Zambia
  11. #163 Dakar, Senegal
  12. #165 Accra, Ghana
  13. #166 Libreville, Gabon
  14. #172 Kampala, Uganda
  15. #177 Cairo, Eqypt
  16. #179 Banjul, Gambia
  17. #181 Blantyre, Malawi
  18. #182 Cotonou, Benin
  19. #183 Maputo, Mozambique
  20. #185 Algiers, Algeria
  21. #186 Nairobi, Kenya
  22. #189 Djibouti, Djibouti
  23. #191 Kigali, Rwanda
  24. #197 Douala, Cameroon
  25. #198 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  26. #199 Luanda, Angola
  27. #203 Lome, Togo
  28. #208 Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
  29. #209 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  30. #210 Harare, Zimbabwe
  31. #212 Lagos, Nigeria
  32. #213 Abuja, Nigeria
  33. #214 Antananarivo, Madagascar
  34. #216 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  35. #218 Tripoli, Libya
  36. #218 Niamey, Niger
  37. #220 Bamako, Mali
  38. #221 Nouakchott, Mauritania
  39. #222 Conakry, Guinea Republic
  40. #223 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  41. #224 Brazzaville, Congo
  42. #226 N'Djamena, Chad
  43. #227 Khartoum, Sudan
  44. #230 Bangui, Central African Republic

12 March 2019

Victoria Falls: The Zimbabwe/Zambia border to temporarily close due to the Victoria Falls Marathon!

The famous Victoria Falls Marathon, an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event, is taking place in Victoria Falls on 07 July 2019. Due to the routing of the race, the Zimbabwe/Zambia boarder will be temporarily closed from 22:00 on 06 July 2019 through until 09:00 on 07 July 2019. No traffic – either vehicles or on foot – will be permitted to cross the border during the closure.

The Victoria Falls Marathon race route starts in the car park by the banks in
Victoria Falls, then crosses over the Victoria Falls Bridge, briefly into Zambia and ends at the Victoria Falls primary school in Victoria Falls.

South Africa: Airlink to temporarily offer additional flights to St Helena & Ascension!

South African regional carrier Airlink is set to temporarily introduce a second weekly midweek flight on Tuesdays between South Africa and St. Helena Airport (HLE) on the island of St Helena in the Atlantic Ocean. During the period 03 December 2019 - 11 February 2020 inclusive the midweek flight will operate from Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town. The midweek flight will then revert to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg with effect from 18 February 2020 through to 31 March 2020. Passengers are now able to make bookings up until late February 2020.
The normal Saturday flight will continue to operate from
OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. The monthly flight to Ascension Island on the second weekend of each month will also continue as normal, with an additional Ascension Island flight in both December 2019 and January 2020.

11 March 2019

Eurowings to launch flights between Frankfurt <> Windhoek!

German low-cost airline Eurowings, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, is set to launch scheduled services between Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) in Frankfurt, Germany, and Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek, Namibia, in October 2019. The airline is planning to operate three weekly flights on board an Airbus 330 with a Lufthansa flight number on the new route. All flights will be available for bookings as of 13 March 2019.

06 March 2019

South Africa's most punctual domestic airlines in February 2019!

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has published the on-time performance results of domestic airlines’ flying out of OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, Durban's King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth in February 2019.

South Africa, Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth, beach, aircraft, Port Elizabeth International Airport

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 (JNB), Johannesburg - 15 Min on Time Performance February 2019
  1. FlySafair - 94.37% (January 91.27%)
  2. Airlink - 91.51% (January 90.28%)
  3. South African Airways - 85.63% (January 81.58%)
  4. British Airways Domestic - 84.37% (January 80.65%)
  5. SA Express - 81.82% (January 87.78%)
  6. Kulula.com - 81.05% (January 78.56%)
  7. Mango - 80.88% (January 81.68%)
  8. CemAir - --.--% (January 73.45%)
Cape Town International Airport (CPT), Cape Town - 15 Min on Time Performance February 2019
  1. FlySafair - 94.34% (January 95.39%)
  2. Airlink - 93.94% (January 93.85%)
  3. SA Express - 92.36% (January 97.17%)
  4. South African Airways - 88.07% (January 85.63%)
  5. British Airways Domestic - 87.09% (January 80.11%)
  6. Kulula.com - 86.84% (January 81.34%)
  7. Mango - 84.89% (January 84.87%)
  8. CemAir - --.--% (January 88.75%)
King Shaka International Airport (DUR), Durban - 15 Min on Time Performance February 2019
  1. FlySafair - 95.83% (January 94.30%)
  2. South African Airways - 90.65% (December 80.87%)
  3. Airlink - 89.07% (December 93.18%)
  4. British Airways Domestic - 86.66% (December 79.97%)
  5. Mango - 84.96% (December 89.99%)
  6. Kulula.com - 83.77% (December 78.16%)
  7. SA Express - 68.89% (December 79.61%)
Port Elizabeth International Airport (PLZ), Port Elizabeth - 15 Min on Time Performance February 2019
  1. FlySafair - 97.92% (January 95.32%)
  2. Mango - 94.68% (January 88.61%)
  3. Airlink - 93.18% (January 92.21%)
  4. British Airways Domestic - 87.74% (January 85.59%)
  5. South African Airways - 65.38% (January 74.14%)
  6. SA Express - 60.00% (January 74.04%
  7. CemAir - --.--% (January 100.00%)