Dana Air Adds Boeing 737, Launches ‘Early Bird Service From Abuja

As part its ongoing partnership with ASKY, Dana Air has introduced a Boeing 737-700 aircraft to its fleet to operate its ‘early bird’ flights between Lagos and Abuja from 10th September, 2018 The Boeing 737-700 aircraft will operate two daily flights from Abuja to Lagos at 7.02hours and 16.11hrs and a return service from Lagos to Abuja at 8.55hrs and 18.03hrs. With the new early bird service, the airline's guests can now benefit from multiple flights between Lagos and Abuja as well as the added advantage of early morning flights between the two cities. Dana Air is one Nigeria’s leading airlines with daily flights from the commercial city of Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Owerri

British Airways Expands London City Airport Operations

British Airways is celebrating its busiest ever summer at London City Airport with news that more aircraft, more routes and more frequencies will be added to the network this winter. Four additional Embraer E190 aircraft will join the BA CityFlyer fleet during 2019, bringing the total fleet number to 26 aircraft. These aircraft will add nearly 20 per cent more seats from London City Airport in 2019 and enable the launch of new destinations. From November 11, a new year-round service will be launched to Rome from the Docklands airport, with one-way hand baggage only fares from £55. In addition a fifth daily service will be added to the popular Zurich route on week days. Rome is the f

Lagos Plans Big For 2018 Akwaaba African Travel Market

With the changing face of the city of Lagos amidst massive infrastructural reconstruction of the city, delegates to the 14th Akwaaba Tourism Expo will be treated to the taste of Lagos as never before. You have heard all the stories of Lagos. Some good, some bad; but no report is better than a personal experience. This is what the Government of Lagos through its Ministry of Tourism is promising delegates to this year’s African Travel Expo. This hosting is in line with effort to make true the vision of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State, to transform Lagos, Africa’s most populous city and the second largest economy in West Africa, in creating an enduring architecture for the bus

Kenya Airways Records Improved Six Months Results

Kenya Airways yesterday, announced a 30.8 percent improvement in pre-tax results for the six month period ended June 30, 2018. The improvement has been attributed to passenger numbers which increased by 6.6 percent to 2.3 million, while cargo uplift increased by 13 percent to 31,973 tonnes over the same period last year. The airline's load factor increased by 2.8 points to 75.9 percent. Revenue increased by 3.1 percent due to increased passenger traffic and overall yield improvement. The direct operating costs increased by 13.9 percent due to increased pressure on global fuel prices. The fleet costs reduced by 2.2 percent attributed to the fleet rationalisation completed in November 20

Explore the World From J'burg with Singapore Airlines

Passengers travelling from Johannesburg, South Africa can experience more of the world with The Great Singapore Airlines Getaway offers and enjoy great prices to great places. With the offers, you can enjoy great fares to some of the world's top destinations with Singapore Airlines. There's no better time to experience more of the world than now. The low fares are for flights from Johannesburg to some of Singapore Airlines top destinations in Asia including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, HoChiMinh City, Bali, Phuket, Krabi and Gold Coast. The getaway deals which are for return flights in the Economy Class, Premium Economy Class and Business Class cabins start from as low as ZAR6,77

What You Need to Know About The New Ethiopian eVisa

Whether you want to visit Ethiopia to discover many of the natural wonders of the land of origin or you are travelling to close an important business deal, you will need a visa. In May 2018, Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, launched e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia. The e-visa became effective on 1 June, 2018. Although the e-visa service was launched a year earlier in June, 2017, it was only available for a limited number of countries. But now all international visitors can travel to Ethiopia by processing their visa online. The good thing about the eVisa system is that, in addition to providing ap

Sports and Tourism Stakeholders Converge at African Sports Tourism Summit

In a first-of-its-kind convergence on the continent, stakeholders, enthusiasts and pundits congregated at The African Sports Tourism Summit – one of the activities of African Sports Tourism Week – which was held on the 25th of August, 2018, at Golfview Hotel & Suites. The panel session – moderated by Oluwaseyi Adegoke, Publisher, Inside Watch Africa – combined excitement, humor and know-how. Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi – 1st Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation and Lagos FA Chairman, Tega Onajaife – founder, Ladies In Sports, Vinod Kaurani – CEO, Tripberry.com, Kayode Tijani – curator of Africa’s biggest sports library and Abiola Bakare – Sales Manager, Kenya Airways sat on the panel of

Emirates Celebrates Edinburgh Flight with Special Fares

To celebrate the inaugural flight to Edinburgh on October 1st, Emirates is offering passengers travelling from the United Arab Emirates attractive fares to the Scottish capital. Travellers in the UAE can book special fares on all Economy and Business Class travel starting today until 10th September 2018 for travel between 1st October and 31st May 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from AED 2,495 while Business Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from AED 13,165. The new daily service will be operated by a 3-class Boeing 777-300ER offering 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class. Flight EK023 will

Revealed: British Airways Hottest Routes This Summer

During its busiest ever summer, which saw it scheduled to carry over 4 million customers across its network in August alone, British Airways has revealed some of the most popular holiday destinations for travellers. Top in the list of busiest routes are destinations such as New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, Malaga, Nice, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Customers have been getting in the summer holiday spirit, this year more than ever, with 212,000 bottles of wine consumed across all British Airways flights in July, up 3% on last year. Meanwhile, those in Club Europe or Club World and First looking for something extra-special to kick-start their trip consumed 105,000 bo

Tourism: Marriott International’s Loyalty Programs Unify

A new era is beginning for the more than 110 million members of Marriott International’s loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). For the first time since Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, the programs now operate under one set of unified benefits and one currency spanning the entire loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 hotels in 130 countries and territories. Members are able to seamlessly earn and redeem across the entire loyalty portfolio and achieve Elite status faster with new Elite tiers. Members can now combine their separate program accounts into one at Marriott.com or SPG.com.

PaxEx: Singapore Airlines and Alibaba Unveil Strategic Partnership

Singapore Airlines and Alibaba Group have entered into a collaboration aimed at enhancing the customer experience of passengers through transformative potential of technology. The collaboration encompasses several players in Alibaba Group’s ecosystem including Fliggy, Alibaba Cloud, Alipay and Cainiao Network. The partnership extends across areas such as flight ticket sales, loyalty programmes, marketing initiatives, cloud services, payments and logistics. The capabilities of both groups, combined with access to over 600 million monthly active mobile users, will unlock new benefits for customers across the retail and travel value chains. Singapore Airlines and Alibaba Group will gain actiona

Ethiopian Partners with Chad Government For New National Carrier

Ethiopian Airlines has finalized agreements with the Government of Chad for the launch of Chad national carrier which is planned to go into operation on October 1, 2018. Under the strategic equity partnership agreement, Ethiopian Airlines has 49% stake in the joint venture while the Government of Chad retains 51%. The new Chad national carrier will serve as a strong hub in Central Africa with domestic, regional and eventually international flights to destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Through its multiple hubs strategy in Africa, Ethiopian currently operates hubs in Lomé (Togo) with ASKY Airlines and Malawian in Lilongwe (Malawi). The airline has already acquired stakes in Za

Proflight Launches Special Fares on Lusaka-Durban Route

Proflight, Zambia’s leading scheduled airline, has slashed fares on its Lusaka-Durban route with a US$99 fare special for September 2018. Passengers travelling between the two African cities this September, can book a one-way flight from either Lusaka or Durban for just US$99 excluding taxes. The irresistible promotion is part of Proflight’s vision to provide world-class aviation services and offer cost-efficient, reliable and friendly services to its customers. The discounted flights offer a big reduction in fares for travellers on the route and are targeted at people a budget who are keen to experience a new adventure - either in Durban or Lusaka. The special fares are available for bookin

British Airways Surprises 99-year-old with Very Special Trip

On Saturday 25 August, one 99-year-old kicked off her 100th birthday celebrations early after British Airways surprised her with a very special trip. Mary Parsons from Malvern in Worcestershire turns 100 years old on January 1, 2019, the same year that the airline also celebrates its centenary. British Airways ambassador, Derek Tennant, surprised Mary at her ‘Friends of the Elderly’ care home in Davenham and revealed that he was taking her to Belfast to see her family. Born just 51 days after World War I ended, Mary grew up in Monaghan, 70 miles south of Belfast, yet left when she was 18-years-old to move to England and become a nurse. Given VIP treatment by Derek, Mary was met at the airpor

A Feast for Foodies: Hilton Garden Inn Gets Trendy New Menus

Three new and delicious on-trend items are being added to the tantalizing dining menu this fall at Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s award-winning, global, upscale brand of hotels. Earlier this summer, Hilton had asked consumers to vote on 11 contenders in the 'Sophisticated Bites' contest in the categories of small plates, handcrafted cocktails and sweet treats. The winning menus are Sticky Finger Ribs (Small Plates category), Cherry Blossom (Handcrafted Cocktails category) and Mason Jar Chocolate Fudge Cake (Sweet Treats category). Other key food and beverage additions include Welcome Bites, a delicious, bite-sized, cranberry apple oatmeal cookie offered to guests at check-in in the U.S. and Can

Big Five: Shishangeni by BON Hotels Introduces Bush Walks

The 4-star Shishangeni by BON Hotels located on the private Mpanamana concession within the Kruger National Park, South Africa has added Shishangeni Bush Walks to its list of things to do. This new excursion has been welcomed with much excitement and interest by visitors and guests looking to engage in the ultimate African encounter. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa and is well known for the 'Big Five'. In addition to the Lodge’s early morning and late afternoon game drives with an expert guide, and the more than 500 species of birds the bird watchers can ogle, the bush walks bring guests closer to nature than ever before

ATC Strike: Ethiopian Airlines to Maintain Normal Flight Operations

Ethiopian Airlines has assured its customers that the planned strike by Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) in Addis Ababa on Monday August 27, 2018 will not affect its operations. The airline has made provisions for adequate alternative measures enabling smooth conduct of its operations with no delays or flight disruptions, should the planned ATCs strike take place. In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said it would ensure that, above all else, the interests of its esteemed customers are protected and their flights operate smoothly and on-time. #EthiopianAirlines

South African Airways Increases Flight Frequency to Luanda

South African Airways will increase flight frequencies on its service between Johannesburg and Luanda, the capital city of Angola,according to Routes Online. From 9 September, 2018, the airline will operate this route 4 times a week, instead of 2. The additional flights will be operated during overnight hours, instead of daytime. As with the exisiting flights, the new services will be operated using an Airbus A320 aircraft. Formerly known as São Paulo da Assunção de Loanda, Luanda is the capital and the largest city in Angola. It is Angola's most populous and most important city. #SouthAfricanAirways #A320

Akwaaba ATM 2018: NCAC to Present Nigerian Food Culture

The Nigerian Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) will be Presenting Nigeria food Culture at The Nigerian day at 2018 Akwaaba African Travel Market holding in Lagos in September. According to the NCAC DG Otunba Runsewe, Nigerians need to project their rich culture in different manners as Nigeria's rich Cuisine is worthy of global acclaim. The President of the World Craft Council wants guests to visit the NCAC stand to learn more about NAFEST and other Cultural events in Nigeria. Nigeria day is on 9th September. The 2018 Akwaaba ATM will also feature the second edition of the jollof rice war which will be declared open by Senator Florence Ita Giwa who is a promoter of African Cuisine. The Culin

Nigeria's Air Peace Takes Delivery of Second Boeing 777 Aircraft

Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace on Saturday took delivery of its second Boeing 777 aircraft in preparation for its long-haul international operations. The Boeing 777-300 touched down at the Murtala Mohamed International Airport, Lagos at 1.36 p.m to a rousing welcome by the airline's staff and the traditional water canon salute . The aircraft named "Ojochide" and marked 5N-BUU, was flown into Lagos by Air Peace Chief Pilot, Capt. Victor Egonu and Senior First Officer Emmanuel Iwhiwhu. The new long-haul aircraft has a total of 320 seats including 12 in first class cabin, 48 in business class cabin and 260 economy class seats. The airline assured that it would soon announce dates for the

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