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Did you know that life has become a lot easier for Amadeus travel agents ticketing Ethiopian Airlines? Have you heard that Turkish Airlines has extended its ‘Stopover’ service to now include passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria?

From guaranteed fare rules to new airline services and hotel openings, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting Africa Tourism News this week.

Voluntary changes on Ethiopian Airlines are now guaranteed for Amadeus travel agents!

Ethiopian Airlines

Life has become a lot easier for Amadeus travel agents ticketing Ethiopian Airlines as the airline has announced it is now offering guaranteed fare rules for voluntary changes on the Amadeus system.

This means that Amadeus now offers guaranteed fare rules for voluntary changes from 9 out of the top 10 airlines operating in Sub-Saharan Africa!

Turkish Airlines extends ‘Stopover’ service

Turkish Airlines has extended its ‘Stopover’ service to include passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria who are connecting in Istanbul to select destinations in the airline’s route network.

Passengers travelling from these countries, who have more than a 20-hour connecting layover in Istanbul, can benefit from complimentary accommodation and an opportunity to discover the Istanbul during their transit. Qualifying passengers will receive an accommodation voucher from Turkish Airlines following the booking of their flight.

Four Seasons Seychelles to open in March 2018

Four Seasons Resort Seycelles at Desroches Island has announced that is now taking reservations, with a scheduled opening date of 1 March, 2018.

The 108-room hotel is situated near the capital city of Victoria, on its own island, and can be reached via a 35-minute flight from Mahe. The resort offers a restaurant, two bars/lounges, outdoor pool, health club, beach umbrellas, free Wi-Fi, massage/treatment rooms, in-room childcare, air conditioning, garden and a library.

Fastjet announces plans to expand in South Africa and Mozambique

African budget airline Fastjet has announced it would raise $44m to fund expansion in South Africa and Mozambique, and entered into a brand licensing agreement with South African privately-held Federal Airlines as well as with Solenta Aviation Mozambique.

The airline began flight operations in Tanzania in November 2012, flying passengers from Dar es Salaam to just two domestic destinations – Kilimanjaro and Mwanza. Today, Fastjet’s route network includes Tanzanian domestic routes from its Dar es Salaam base to Kilimanjaro, Mbeya, and Mwanza, and international routes from Tanzania to Lusaka in Zambia and Harare in Zimbabwe. The airline also operates in Zimbabwe and flies domestically from Harare to Victoria Falls, Harare to Dar es Salaam and internationally from both Harare and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg in South Africa.

Ghana’s Tourism Minister encourages girls to enter aviation sector

Ghana’s Minister of Aviation, Ms Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has encouraged girls between the ages of 6 and 16 to explore career opportunities in the aviation sector in the country.

She addressed the younger generation recently at the Girls In Aviation Day, organised by the Women in Aviation International (WAI), Ghana Chapter, in Accra at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

According to the Minister, although aviation is often perceived to be a male-dominated industry, there were numerous career opportunities for women.

“Many women have found successful and rewarding careers in the industry. From aerospace engineers to air traffic controllers, fire officers, airport planners, accountants, Information Technology professionals and lawyers, there are many inspiring stories of successful women in aviation,” Ms Dapaah noted.