Virgin Atlantic Set to Launch New Services to Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic is set to expand its global network with new services from both Manchester and London to Pakistan with effect from December 2020. The airline will operate three new routes from the UK to Pakistan including London Heathrow to Lahore, London Heathrow to Islamabad, and Manchester to Islamabad. The new services will go on sale in September 2020, and will boast Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class, Premium and Economy Light, Classic, and Delight offering. The services will offer seamless connections for customers travelling from other destinations to Pakistan. Connections from European destinations will also be available through codeshare and interline partners. Pakistan has the seventh 

Southern Sun Ikoyi Reopens with New Experience

If you love perfect hospitality services garnished with exquisite gastronomy, this news is particularly very cheering and heartwarming. Southern Sun Ikoyi, Lagos has reopened to guests. The hotel will open its doors again on 1 September 2020, and will be welcoming guests back to a new kind of experience that puts their safety alongside its renowned hospitality. Guests can be confident of the fact that the hotel is still in the business of superior attention and intuitive service, with great added values including complimentary and unlimited Wi-Fi. If you are a Tsogo Sun Hotels Rewards Member, you should have the peace of mind that your membership benefits are there for you when you resume

Emirates and flydubai Reactivate Strategic Partnership

Emirates and flydubai have reactivated their partnership allowing both airlines’ customers to once again access a wider range of travel options, with seamless connections via Dubai. Following the progressive resumption of flights, the two Dubai-based airlines have revived their strategic partnership to offer customers increased connectivity, convenience and travel flexibility. Emirates customers can now travel on codeshare flights to over 30 destinations on flydubai, while flydubai customers have over 70 destinations they can travel to on Emirates. Some of the favourite flydubai destinations for Emirates passengers include Belgrade, Bucharest, Kyiv, Sofia and Zanzibar. Emirates and flydubai

United Airlines Permanently Eliminates Change Fees

The only thing constant is change and at United Airlines, some of the fees associated with changes related to flying are gone for good. The carrier will permanently remove change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately. Starting 1 January, 2021, United customers can fly standby for free on a flight departing the day of their travel regardless of the type of ticket or class of service, a first among U.S. carriers. MileagePlus Premier members can confirm a seat on a different flight on the same day with the same departure and arrival cities as their original ticket if a seat in the same ticket fare class is available. United is a

Four Seasons Hotel London Reopens to Guests

After a few months of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will reopen to guests from tomorrow, 1 September, 2020. The Hotel will champion the brand-wide Lead With Care program to strengthen its already rigorous health and safety measures to ensure the care, confidence and comfort of guests and staff alike upon their return. Upon reopening, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will be well-equipped to accommodate guests looking to enjoy everything from a weekend staycation to a long-term stay. Spacious guest rooms, character-filled suites and apartment-styled Residences will offer a variety of options to fit every need. Fo

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights to Mogadishu, Somalia

Qatar Airways will readd more African destinations to its network with the resumption of flights to Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia from 6 September 2020. The three-weekly service will be linked to Djibouti and will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft offering 12 seats in Business class and 120 seats in Economy class. The resumption of regular passenger flights to Mogadishu will see Qatar Airways post-COVID-19 destinations in Africa expand to 9. With the addition of Mogadishu, Qatar Airways will fly to 9 destinations in Africa including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Nairobi, Tunis, and Zanzibar. Flight QR1459 from Doha to Mogadishu via Djibouti departs

Lufthansa Group Refunds Over 2.5 Billion Euros in Ticket

In a year that has been marred by uncertainties, the airlines in the Lufthansa Group have so far reimbursed over 2.5 billion euros to 5.6 million customers as of August 24, 2020. In the last 7 days alone, 140,000 refund applications have been processed and paid out to customers by the airline group. These ticket refunds are largely due to uncertainty in travel plans occasioned by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can also flexibly adjust their travel plans. Earlier in the week, Lufthansa Group Airlines announced the removal of rebooking fees until the end of December, 2020. All fares of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines can be rebooked as often as desired witho

Air France Increases Frequencies to The Caribbean

With many airlines across the world reopening more routes and increasing frequencies, Air France is increasing its service to the French Caribbean. From 21 December 2020, Air France will fly from Paris CDG to Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Fort-de-France (Martinique). These are in addition to its frequencies on departure from Paris-Orly. In total, up to three flights will be operated daily between Paris and each of the two islands. Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France will be connected to the two Air France hubs, giving customers connecting opportunities throughout the airline's network. Flights to both Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de- will be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft offering Business, Prem

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Reopens with Deals

With Tanzania’s borders open to international visitors, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti will reopen its doors to guests on 1 September, 2020 with room deals. The reopening follows the launch of the Lodge’s Private Villa Experience in August, which will remain available for guests seeking the ultimate, exclusive safari experience. To give guests even more time to appreciate the beauty of the Serengeti National Park, Four Seasons Safari Lodge has launched Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free, applicable to stays before 22 December, 2020. Book this offer to receive a complimentary fourth night at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the heart of Serengeti National Park. With everything you need for

Emirates to Resume Flights to Lusaka, Zambia

With more African countries opening their airspace for international flights, Emirates will resume passenger services to Lusaka in Zambia with effect from 4 September, 2020. The two-weekly service will be operated on Fridays and Sundays using a Boeing 777-300ER. Customers can book flights on emirates.com or via travel agents. Flight EK 713 will depart Dubai at 0820hrs, arriving in Lusaka at 1330hrs. The return flight, EK 714 departs Lusaka at 1530hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0025hrs the next day. The restart of services to Lusaka will take Emirates post-COVID19 global network to 79 destinations as well as broaden Emirates’ reach into Africa with 9 destinations served. Passengers from Zambia can

Five Ways Delta is Keeping Lavatories Safe For You

Cleanliness across travel and particularly in airplane lavatories is of utmost importance, especially in the COVID-19 era, but Delta customers can rest easy. Here are five ways Delta is keeping lavatories – and the rest of your onboard experience – safe, clean and comfortable on every flight, with even more enhancements to come: 1. Hand sanitizer stations on your flights: Delta will become the first U.S. airline where customers can find hand sanitizer stations near the boarding door and bathrooms on every Delta aircraft. Now, you’ll truly never be more than a few feet away from hand sanitizer, with stations available from curb to claim. Depending on the size of the aircraft and the number of

COVID-19: Emirates to Resume Flights to Bangkok, Thailand

Emirates will resume scheduled passenger services to Bangkok with daily flights starting from 1 September, 2020. Customers can book flights on emirates.com or via travel agents. The resumption of Bangkok flights will expand Emirates’ current network to 78 in September, offering travellers convenient connections via Dubai to the popular Thai destination. Flights between Dubai and Bangkok will be operated with a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering seats in First, Business and Economy class. Flight EK384 will depart Dubai at 01:50 and arrive Bangkok at 11:30, while the return flight, EK385, will depart Bangkok at 03:25, and arrive Dubai at 06:35, from 2 September. Travellers arriving

UNWTO Launches New Competitions to Re-start Tourism

To help re-start tourism following the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UNWTO has launched four new challenges for tourism entrepreneurs. See the details below. 1. UNWTO Hospitality Challenge Offered in collaboration with Sommet Education, this competition is designed to identify ideas and individuals that can accelerate tourism recovery while promoting inclusivity and sustainability. The 30 finalists will be eligible for full scholarships in 15 different programs while the top 3 will be granted funding to support their initial development. Deadline: 31 August 2020. Apply NOW. 2. SDGs Global Startup Competition This completion is for startups from all over the world with the

Explore the World with British Airways Irresistible Deals

Now, you can explore the world with British Airways as the airline has just launched its annual September Sale with irresistible deals to over 150 destinations across its global network. With travel dates in 2021 available, customers can book with confidence that they can move their flights or holiday should their plans change. See details including on ba.com/confidence Customers can buy return flights to New York from £299 return, San Francisco from £348 or Miami from £349. Flights to Dubai start from £299 while Muscat starts from £399 return. Those who want to hit the Caribbean beaches of Antigua or St Lucia can do so for £384 return and £399 return respectively or soak up a slice of luxu

Ethiopian Completes New Terminal at Addis Ababa Airport

Ethiopian Airlines has successfully completed a new passenger terminal at its hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport with an emphasis on Bio Security and Bio-Safety measures. The new terminal has a check-in hall with 60 check-in counters, 30 self-check-in kiosks, ten self-bag drop/SBD/, 16 immigration counters with more e-gate provisions, 16 central security screening areas for departing passengers are the new faces of the airport. In addition, it has 3 contact gates for wide-body aircraft along with 10 remote contact gates with people mover - travellator, escalator, and panoramic lifts. It will house 32 arrival immigration counters with 8 e-gate provisions at the mezzanine floor level

Etihad Airways Enhances Mobile App with More Features

Etihad Airways has extended its digital reach with an update to its mobile application for Android, Apple and Huawei smartphones, enabling guests to manage their journey with even greater ease. New key features allow guests to purchase upgrades or other extras, use Etihad Guest Miles as a form of payment or choose from 10 other payment options, including Travel Bank, which have been added to the booking flow. The refreshed mobile app is simple to use and allows guests to manage their details, book flights with voice search and enrol into the airline's loyalty programme, Etihad Guest. Uber and Google Maps are now also integrated into the app to direct travellers to and around the airport. If

Brussels Airlines Restricts Compulsory Face Masks Exemption

To make flying even safer, Brussels Airlines is set to begin restricting the exemption from the obligation to wear a mask on board their flights. From 1 September 2020, an exemption from the obligation to wear a mask during the flight for medical reasons will only be possible if a medical certificate is presented on a form provided by the airline. Passengers can download the document from the airlines' websites. Passengers who are unable to wear a mask during the flight must present a negative COVID-19 test, not older than 48 hours at the scheduled departure of the flight. This ensures maximum safety for the passengers travelling with them. Brussels Airlines and the other airlines of the Luf

Spice Up Your Thursday at La Ville GRAZE Supper Club

If you love good food (and who doesn’t love good food?), get ready to up your Thursday dinner game with newly introduced GRAZE Supper Club at La Ville Hotel & Suites Dubai. You will enjoy three mouth-watering cuts of beef prepared three ways along with a selection of cocktails and spritz while listening to chilled acoustic Sound of Nomads performing live. GRAZE Supper Club is open every Thursday from 7 pm to 11 pm. Prices are from AED 199 for soft package, AED 299 for house package, and AED 399 for premium package. Book NOW. Located in the heart of CITY WALK, Dubai’s new urban living destination, La Ville Hotel & Suites is a boutique hotel experience offering lush accommodation and exqu

Emirates Resumes Regular Flights to Senegal and Guinea

Emirates will resume passenger services to Conakry, Guinea and Dakar, Senegal from 3 September, taking the number of destinations served in Africa post COVID-19 to 8. Flights from Dubai to Conakry and Dakar will be linked services, operating twice weekly, utilising a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The addition of linked services between Conakry and Dakar will boost Emirates’ growing network to 77 cities, providing travellers enhanced global connectivity, Emirates passengers can connect to and from destinations in the Middle East, West Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Far East, with one convenient stop in Dubai. More information on Emirates’ current routes and services can be found on www.emira

Lufthansa Group Airlines Remove Re-booking Fees

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are changing their ticket fare structure until the end of December, 2020. With immediate effect, all fares can be rebooked several times free of charge – including, for example, the lowest light fare without checked baggage. Lufthansa Group Airlines had already made a one-off free of charge rebooking possible in spring. The new regulation applies worldwide to all new bookings on short, medium and long-haul routes. The Lufthansa Group airlines are thus meeting their customers' needs for flexible travel arrangements to an even greater extent. However, customers may incur additional costs if, for ex

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