Sit back, relax, and read your Africa Tourism News for this month…
Have you heard that Air France has joined the KLM-Kenya Airways Joint Venture and that the airline has launched new frequencies to Kenya? Did you know that Ethiopian Airlines has launched three new flights into Africa? And can you guess which the top African Airport is?
From new routes to airport news and greening initiatives, we’ve rounded up the most exciting African Tourism News for March 2018…
And the top African Airport is…
The Airports Council International (ACI) World recently announced the winners of the 2017 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards .
In the category Best Airport by Region (over 2 million passengers per year) the following airports in Africa were honoured:
First place: Casablanca (CMN)
Second place: Mauritius (MRU)
Third place: Durban (DUR)
In the category Best Airport by Size: Best Airport by Region (under 2 million passengers per year) George (GRJ) airport in South Africa received top honours, while in the category “Most Improved Airport by Region’; Nairobi (NBO) was named as the most improved in Africa.
Tanzania airport expansion to boost passenger capacity
A new terminal building at Dar es Salaam’s main airport is scheduled to open in June next year and is expected to considerably boost passenger capacity.
According to news sources, the project will cost more than $300 million and once complete, it will add 24 parking bays for large aircraft and boost annual passenger-handling capacity to 6 million from 2.5 million.
LAM, Fastjet sign MOU for long-term co-operation
LAM and Fastjet recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to explore long-term commercial cooperation.
LAM chief executive Mr. Antonio Pinto commented that the “areas of cooperation will not only further strengthen Mozambique’s flag carrier as a regional air-services provider but contribute significantly to initiatives that promote tourism, economic development and trade.”
“The approach to commercial cooperation is the first of its kind on the African continent,” adds Fastjet Chief Executive Nico Bezuidenhout.
Virgin to introduce second daily service to Johannesburg
Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will introduce a second daily service between London Heathrow and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport, effective 28 October. The new flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 offering the airline’s latest cabin interiors and in-flight entertainment, as well as Wi-Fi on every flight.
The additional daily flight will depart London Heathrow at 16h45 and arrive in Johannesburg at 05h40 local time. The return flight will leave Johannesburg at 22h20 landing back into Heathrow at 07h30.
Ethiopian Airlines launches three new flights in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines has launched three new flights to Kisangani and Mbuji Mayi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Nosy-Be in Madagascar.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “Kisangani and Mbuji Mayi will be two additional points to the already three points we fly in the DRC; so we are now flying to Kinshasa, Goma, Mbuji Mayi, Kisangani and Lubumbashi.”
Air France joins KLM-Kenya Airways Joint Venture
Effective 25 March, Air France now forms part of the Joint Venture agreement between KLM and Kenya Airways.
Through the Joint Venture agreement, Air France, KLM, and Kenya Airways’ customers will be able to reserve flights operated on a code-share basis by one of the three airlines on round-trip services between Paris-Nairobi and Amsterdam-Nairobi.
In addition, on 25 March 2018, Air France inaugurated its new service connecting Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Nairobi (Kenya). The company will serve the Kenyan capital with 3 weekly flights operated by Boeing 787, equipped with the latest long-haul travel cabins.
Flights depart Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20h50, arriving in Nairobi at 6h00, the next day. Flights operated on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights depart Nairobi at 08h20, arriving at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 15h50. Flights operated on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Air Mauritius launches flights to Amsterdam
Air Mauritius has started twice-weekly operations to Amsterdam on 26 March 2018.
The flights operate on Mondays and Fridays with an Airbus A 340 with 34 Business and 264 Economy Class seats. A third weekly flight will be added on Wednesdays during the peak months of July and August.
Flights depart Mauritius at 08h55, arriving in Amsterdam at 18h55. The return service departs Amsterdam at 21h40, arriving in Mauritius the following day at 11h25.
Turkish Airlines launches Freetown flights
Turkish Airlines, on 8 March marked another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of its Freetown flights, the capital of Sierra Leone. This new direct flight to Freetown (Sierra Leone) also bring the total countries and destinations reached by the flag carrier to 121, and 301, respectively.
Turkish Airlines will operate its Freetown flights 2 times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The services will be providing a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou.
Green, greener Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls has launched a new recycling project, which is expected to have a major impact in protecting the environment around one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Victoria Falls Recycling (VFR) is an initiative sponsored by Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism (AAT), and co-ordinated by well- known local environmental conservationist Charlene Hewat.
Hewat said the initiative begun operations, initially, recycling paper and plastics from eight hotels. Paper and thin plastics are sent to Harare where they will be recycled to make plastic bags and piping, while thicker plastics, such as water bottles, will be sent to a recycling plant in South Africa.