Your African Travel News: Have you heard that Rwandair is launching flights to Abuja and Cape Town? Did you know that a new lounge has opened at Maputo Airport? And that there are new hotels on the cards for Zambia and Seychelles?
From new routes to hotel openings and new airport lounges, we’ve rounded up the most exciting African Travel News for February 2018…
Rwandair adds Abuja and Cape Town to its route offering
Rwandair has been granted fifth freedom rights to operate flights on the Kigali-Harare-Cape Town route, due to commence on 16 May.
The flights between Harare and Cape Town will operate four times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The outbound flight will depart Harare at 11h45 and arrive in Cape Town at 14h45. The inbound flight will depart Cape Town at 16h00 and arrive back in Harare at 19h00.
The airline has also announced a new flight to Abjua in Nigeria, which will be linked to the existing services to Accra. The Abuja flight will operate four times a week.
Turkish Airlines launches flight to Freetown
Turkish Airlines has launched flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, on 24 February.
The airline now operates flights to Freetown two times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The services will provide a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou.
Kenya Airways announces flights to Mauritius
Kenya Airways has announced four weekly flights to Mauritius as part of its broad strategy to expand its footprint across Africa.
The Nairobi – Mauritius route is expected have a great impact on Kenya Airways upcoming direct non-stop flights to New York by reinforcing its attractiveness to the American Premium Leisure travellers.
Kenya Airways will operate flights between Nairobi and Mauritius on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Ethiopian Airlines expands network to US and Johannesburg
Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced that it will commence direct flight from Addis Ababa to Chicago effective 2 June, 2018.
Flights will depart Addis Ababa at Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 22h15,arriving in Dublin at 4h25. Flights will then depart Dublin at 5h25, arriving in Chicago at 7h55. The return service will depart Chicago on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 09h55, arriving in 07h40.
The airline will also increase its Johannesburg service to a third daily flight from 01 April, 2018. A Boeing 737-800 will be dedicated to the new flight on the 1st April 2018 with 138 seats in economy and 15 seats in business class.
Kinshasa joins flydubai’s growing network in Africa
flydubai has announced the launch of flights to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 15 April. The daily flights will operate with a stop in nearby Entebbe and will also be available for booking through the Emirates codeshare agreement.
flydubai becomes the first UAE carrier to operate flights to N’djili Airport (also known as Kinshasa International Airport) and provide links from the UAE and the region to a new gateway in Central Africa.
Four Seasons’ second Seychelles hotel to open 1 March
Four Seasons is opening its second Seychelles hotel on Desroches Island, a 35-minute flight from the main island of Mahe where it already has one property. The new hotel will open on March 1.
The 108-room hotel is situated near the capital city of Victoria, on its own island, reached via a 35-minute flight from Mahe, the main island of Seychelles, which is served by Seychelles International Airport. The property offers a mix of rooms, including suites, villas and bungalows.
Protea Hotels by Marriott expands Zambian footprint
Protea Hotels by Marriott is expanding its footprint in Zambia the opening of their new hotel at Bonanza Estate in Lusaka.
With 241 rooms, the hotel will be the largest operating hotel under the brand in the country. The new hotel will be located within Bonanza Estate, a newly launched estate which is set amid the scenic environment of an 18-hole golf course designed by world-renowned golf course designer Peter Matkovich.
New lounge for Maputo Airport
First National Bank Mozambique (FNB) and National Aviation Services (NAS) recently inaugurated an exclusive, contemporary lounge at the International terminal of the Maputo International Airport. The FNB Lounge by Pearl Assist offers a modern, luxurious space providing guest with a comfortable environment to relax and unwind, have a meal or catch up on work before departing on their onward journey.