A lot has been happening in Africa in the last month in the travel and tourism industry. So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax, and read your Africa Travel News for this month…
Have you heard that South African low-cost carrier Mango is now available on Amadeus? Did you know that the Nigerian Travel Practitioners Identification Card has been launched with great success? And that Emirates is trialling windowless planes?
From new routes to travel industry news and hotel openings, we’ve rounded up the most exciting Africa Travel News for June 2018…
Mango partners with Amadeus
Mango and Amadeus have announced a content agreement that will make the airline’s content, including corporate fares, available on the GDS. Mango’s content will now be accessible through the same search and booking flow as that used for traditional carriers.
Direct messaging with Mango allows for faster access to the content, and Passenger Name Records can be confirmed immediately with a Mango record locator. This means that agents can make changes to Mango bookings more easily and use the same invoice and billing process as for any other airline content through Amadeus.
NANTA launches Travel Practitioners Identification Card
The National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies, NANTA, on June 26 unveiled the Nigerian Travel Practitioners Identify Card (NTPIC) at a spectacular event in Lagos.
The ID card is expected to thoroughly sanitise the Nigerian travel industry, which is currently struggling with a great number of fraudulent operators. According to NANTA’s website, more than 40% of Nigerian travellers have already fallen victim to unregistered and fraudulent travel agents. This will come to an end thanks to the introduction of the ID Card.
Radisson Hospitality signs second hotel development in Abidjan
Radisson Hospitality has signed a new Radisson Hotel, Radisson Hotel & Apartments Abidjan Plateau in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The 152-room hotel is a new construction and scheduled to open in 2021, offering 122 standard rooms, 24 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. Other facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, a sky bar and fitness room. The city’s largest conference space will have eight meeting rooms over 1000 sqm area.
Radisson Hotel Group, executive vice president and chief development officer, Elie Younes said: “The new Radisson hotel will be a hospitality leader in Abidjan offering the largest conference centre in the city centre, stylish accommodation and the city’s first rooftop bar and restaurant.”
New Routes in Africa in June
Fastjet announced it increased its flights between Harare and Victoria Falls by two additional frequencies since 02 July 2018. The additional flights see the airline serve the route with a twice-daily frequency, six days a week, with the only exception of Saturdays when the schedule remains unchanged with one flight between the cities.
Emirates has reinstated its twice-weekly flights between Luanda and Dubai, increasing capacity to five flights per week between the two cities, since 01 July 2018. Customers can look forward to a daily service starting from the winter schedule.
Air Namibia launched a Windhoek-Lagos-Accra route, which commenced 29 June 2018. The new route links Southern Africa to West Africa in less than 6 hours, reducing travel times between Namibia and West Africa by more than 60%.
Ethiopian Airlines officially launched services to Chicago on 10 June 2018. The inaugural flight to Chicago was announced at a colourful ceremony held at the VIP Salon of Addis Ababa and marks the airline’s 4th destination in the US and its 7th in the Americas. Ethiopian Airlines also launched new flight services to Barcelona, Spain, on 01 July.
Emirates trials virtual windows
Emirates Airline has unveiled a new first class suite on board its latest aircraft featuring virtual windows.
Instead of being able to see directly outside, passengers view images projected in from outside the aircraft using fibre-optic cameras. The airline says it paves the way for removing all windows from future planes, making them lighter and faster.
Currently, the airline is testing the technology onboard its newest B777-300ER aircraft, with Emirates president, Tim Clark, saying that the images were “so good, it’s better than with the natural eye”.
Speaking to the BBC, Clark said that the ultimate aim was to have planes with no windows at all.
“Imagine now a fuselage as you’re boarding with no windows, but when you get inside, there are windows,” he said.
“Now you have one fuselage which has no structural weaknesses because of windows. The aircraft are lighter, the aircraft could fly faster, they’ll burn far less fuel and fly higher.”
NAS and RwandAir partner to provide Premier Lounge Services
National Aviation Services (NAS), an aviation services provider in the emerging markets, announced a joint venture agreement with Rwanda’s national flag carrier, RwandAir. The JV titled NAS RwandAir Limited will be the exclusive lounge management company at Kigali International Airport (KIA).
NASRwandAir is tasked with the construction and development of two new lounges at KIA, the RwandAir Dream Lounge dedicated to the airline’s premium passengers and an arrivals lounge. The JV will also take over management of the existing NAS Pearl Lounge in the departures area which caters to other airline passengers as well.