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Namibia implements AU Trusted Travel system

Date: 03.11.2021

The COVID pandemic has changed the travel landscape, with the most obvious change being the entry requirement by most countries for travelers to produce PCR test results or vaccination certificates. The Namibian Government has addressed the need for verification and digitalization of COVID-19 test results by adopting the use of the African Union Trusted Travel System. This is an online platform on which travelers would have to register their personal and COVID-test related details prior to travel. The Ministry of Health and Social Services issued the attached formal confirmation that the Trusted Travel system will be implemented in Namibia, with a trial period starting on 15 November. Travelers entering or exiting Namibia will need to create an account on the platform and obtain a Trusted Travel Test code prior to departure – this code will need to be shown to immigration officials. As from 1 December 2021 only COVID-19 test results obtained on the Trusted Travel platform, or verified on the Global Haven system, will be valid for exit or entry to Namibia. The URL for the Trusted Travel system is ... read more

Westair launches scheduled passenger airline

Date: 02.08.2019

On Monday 24 June 2019‚ a new era in Namibian aviation will take flight with Westair Aviation’s first scheduled passenger flight after the company was granted Designated Carrier status by the Namibian Transport Commission. This accreditation makes Westair Aviation an official scheduled passenger airline‚ with flights to various destinations within the country and the sub region‚ under the brand name FlyWestair. The first route to roll out will be three scheduled flights per week from Eros Airport in Windhoek to Oranjemund starting 24 June 2019. As for additional routes‚ Westair is eligible to fly to various destinations in Namibia and the region and new destinations to be introduced include Cape Town (serviced from Oranjemund and Windhoek)‚ Walvisbay‚ Ondangwa and Johannesburg. Local flights on these routes are planned to start from July 2019‚ with regional flights introduced from August 2019 subject to on service agreements being reached with authorities and service providers. ... read more

Therapy animals introduced at airports

Date: 12.12.2016

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has this week introduced its first-ever therapy pig. The hog in question is LiLou, a Juliana-breed pig with a winning personality and keen sense of fun - shown in her outlandish outfits and “painted nails”. LiLou joins the airport’s Wag Brigade team of therapy animals - including more than 300 dogs cats and rabbits - which are tasked with calming down stressed passengers. Read more here. ... read more

German pilots strike once more

Date: 29.11.2016

Lufthansa pilots say that they will strike again on November 29 and 30 after weekend talks failed to resolve a long-running row over pay, according to BBC. The walk-out will affect short-haul flights tomorrow, and both short and long-haul flights on Wednesday. The airline cancelled nearly 2,800 flights last week due to a four-day walkout by pilots. Travellers are advised to check the status of their flight well in advance. ... read more

Black Friday Sale

Date: 25.11.2016

Black Friday has reached Namibia! There are some terrific travel specials available for today: All inclusive Ski from only N$26,200 pps, including Ski and Boot hire All inclusive Bali from only N$21,200 pps All inclusive Bintan from only N$22,600 pps PHUKET, THAILAND Sunset Beach Resort 7 Nights from N$9,990 LUXURY PHUKET & PHI PHI COMBO 7 Nights from N$13,995 pps Contact for more information! ... read more

Maldives - travel alert Male

Date: 04.11.2015

Clients should defer non-essential travel to the capital Malé following a decision by the authorities on 4 November to declare a 30-day state of emergency. The measures come amidst the arrest of several senior officials, including vice-president, Ahmed Adheeb, and his associates for their alleged involvement in a 28 September bombing of a speed boat carrying President Abdulla Yameen; Yameen was not injured in the incident. As of late 4 November, the authorities continue to conduct security operations against alleged suspects in the capital. The state of emergency also follows the 2 November the discovery of an explosive device, which the police were able to defuse, near the Presidential Palace in Malé. A cache of arms was also discovered on 31 October on the remote island of Hinbalhidhoo (Baa Atoll). While specific details related to the state of emergency are yet to emerge, the decree gives the authorities the power to ban public gatherings, impose curfews, restrict movements of personnel in certain areas, and allows the police to detain individuals more easily. The authorities have clarified that no curfew is in place. ... read more

Mauritius School Holidays

Date: 14.10.2015

For all travel after 01 May 2016, all kids under 12 will stay free in Mauritius. The offer is applicable to both La Pointe Aux Canonniers & La Plantation d’Albion. Sales are open for all travel btwn 01 May 16 & 31 October 16, so don’t delay & call us now to book dream holidays for your clients in Mauritius. ... read more

African airlines under pressure

Date: 13.10.2015

Southern African airlines are battling slackening demand and the evaporation of already slender profit margins, mirroring lacklustre economic growth in many states across the region, said Aasa ceo Chris Zweigenthal in his opening address at the 2015 Airlines Association of Southern Africa annual assembly held on October 9 at Fancourt, George. As a result, said Chris, their ability to create and support jobs and stimulate economic growth is under threat. “Our industry – specifically in our region – is staring down the barrel of a gun. While airlines in the rest of the world are seeing rebounding growth and healthier 4% average profit margins, most African airlines have been unable to follow suit and remain stuck in an on average 0,8% (USD1,59 per passenger) profit margin band this year.” Chris said it is clear that this performance is hardly the basis for a sustainable industry. “What is missing is an alignment of governments’ policies and strategies to let airlines safely, efficiently and affordably carry more people and goods on more routes linking more towns and cities, more frequently, across the continent.” ... read more

Fantastic fare to Frankfurt

Date: 23.07.2015

Air Namibia has launched a fantastic return economy fare to Frankfurt for the upcoming months. Fares start from NAD6,123 and tickets have to be purchased by 31 August 2015. To make use of this special offer, call us today at 061-285 5700. ... read more

Trip Travel launches exciting competition

Date: 13.04.2015

Stand a chance to win 2 regional tickets per month with Trip Travel! To qualify for the competition, purchase an Air Namibia air ticket from any of our offices: Independence Avenue or the Grove Mall in Windhoek, or from our Swakopmund office in Sam Nujoma Avenue. SMS your Air Namibia ticket number to 77677 as follows: ‘Trip 186-5834513510’ and you will be entered into the draw. Prizes also include travel insurance from Hollard Insurance and 2 days’ car rental provided by Avis. Winners announced on our Facebook page and on RadioWave. This competition runs from 15 March to 31 August 2015. ... read more

Ebola receding

Date: 26.03.2015

More than 12 months after the largest ever Ebola outbreak began, the situation is finally improving. Transmission is reduced from its peak in Guinea and Sierra Leone. No confirmed cases have been identified in Liberia for over 21 days. ... read more

Ebola Update

Date: 31.10.2014

The World Health Organization's (WHO) latest Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report (PDF) states that transmission remains persistent and widespread across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The three capital cities continue to be significant hotspots. At least one case has been reported from every district in both Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases and deaths are likely being under-reported. In total, there have been over 13,700 confirmed, probable and suspected cases with more than 4,900 deaths. International SOS has a team working around the clock to bring you this website - it provides the latest information on developments, travel advice and how individuals and organisations can respond. Downloadable resources are also available. ... read more

Ebola in West Africa

Date: 13.08.2014

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Ebola Outbreak Overview

Date: 06.08.2014

An uncontrolled outbreak of Ebola virus is currently underway in three countries in West Africa (Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). This is the largest Ebola outbreak ever reported, both in terms of case numbers and geographical spread. It's also the first time the disease has affected large cities. The capital cities of all three nations are affected. The disease is spreading person to person, causing significant international concern and disrupting both the health and economy of these countries as well as neighboring nations. in late July, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Grade 3 emergency, its highest level of any emergency response. Read more by clicking here ... read more

Pilot orders pizza for plane

Date: 10.07.2014

After being stuck on the tarmac for nearly two hours, Frontier Airlines pilot Gerhard Brandner ordered pizza for everyone onboard â on his own dime. The flight was headed from Washington, D.C., to Denver but was diverted to Cheyenne, Wyo., because of thunderstorms and lightning. The plane was grounded, and the passengers were stranded inside. Wanting to ease the tension, and feeling hungry himself, Brandner called up the local Dominoâs Pizza at 10 p.m. and ordered enough cheesy deliciousness for the entire plane. And this wasnât your typical late-night college dorm order. There were 160 passengers onboard, meaning Dominoâs sent more than 36 pizzas! Source: Yahoo Travel News ... read more

Dubai outranks New York as tourism hotspot

Date: 10.07.2014

Dubai continues to climb the ranks in the worldâs top 10 destinations and recently became the fifth most favourite hotspot for travelers, ahead of New York and other popular cities in Europe, a new MasterCard study revealed on Wednesday. Dubai is the only city in the Middle East and Africa region to make it to the top five list. London is now the number one destination city by international visitor arrivals, followed by Bangkok, which occupied last yearâs top spot, Paris and Singapore. According to MasterCardâs Global Destination Cities Index, which tracks the growth of international travelers from more than 100 cities across the globe, 12 million international visitors will come to Dubai this year, an increase of 7.5 per cent from 2013. The increase in visitor numbers has helped propelled Dubai to the fifth spot, outrunning close rivals like New York and Istanbul, both of which ranked higher than Dubai last year. ... read more

Thailand - latest advice to travellers

Date: 27.05.2014

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is advising travellers entering the Bangkok Metropolitan area to abide by the following identity verification process: Carry your passport with you at all times, in case an officer asks to inspect it. When using airport taxi transfer services, either to or from Suvarnabhumi Airport, only use taxis with an authorised sticker from the Airport of Thailand PLC (AOT) displayed on the windshield. Taxis bearing this sticker can pass through checkpoints with ease. Tourist groups with a tour guide and tour bus are also allowed to pass through checkpoints. Passengers unable to find transport out of Suvarnabhumi Airport during Thailandâs curfew hours should make use of the facilities available at the CIP Lounges 1-4, which are located on the third floor of the passenger terminal. Shuttle bus services between Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang International Airports will continue to operate as normal. ... read more

London cabs to gridlock city

Date: 21.05.2014

Londonâs black cab drivers are planning to gridlock the cityâs streets on June 11 to protest what they call an âuneven playing fieldâ caused by the entrance of Uber in the UK capital. Uber is a US-based company that operates minicabs in over 100 countries around the world, including South Africa. The company allows people to use an application on their phones to see where the closest car is to them and then book it after agreeing a set fare, which is paid by credit card. It is not so much the entrance of Uber into the market that the London Licensed Taxi Driversâ Association (LTDA) is opposing but the fact that Transport for London (TFL) allows Uber minicabs to operate without adhering to the strict regulations applied to London black taxis. Steve McNamara, of the LTDA, told eTNW that for London cabs to obtain a licence from TFL they needed to adhere to the strictest rules and regulations. âHowever, Uber is allowed to run without taking any of the regulations into consideration. If everyone else is following the rules, why shouldnât they? TFL seems almost scared of them. We now just demand a level playing field.â According to Steve, over 10 000 black taxis will come together in the streets of London on June 11 to protest this âinjusticeâ. ... read more

Chaos expected at German airports

Date: 27.03.2014

Flights to and from Germany are facing significant disruptions tomorrow (March 27). According to a report on GlobalPost Germanyâs public sector union has given notice that workers at Frankfurt and most of the countryâs other major airports will go on strike to reinforce their pay demands. The strike is scheduled to start at 03h30 and last until 14h00. Lufthansa has warned that the strike is likely to have a large-scale impact on its flight timetable. âShould employees lay down their work this Thursday, a large number of flights from Lufthansaâs home airport would need to be cancelled. The strike will primarily affect Lufthansa passengers, as evidenced by the warning strike of security personnel in Frankfurt,â comments Axel Simon, director Southern Africa for Lufthansa and SWISS. Further details around cancellations and rebooking possibilities will be made available to Lufthansaâs passengers by tomorrow afternoon. ... read more

Ireland airport strike

Date: 05.03.2014

Ten of thousands of people travelling to and around Ireland face major flight disruptions on March 14. Workers at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports are expected to strike for four hours beginning at 05h00. The strike is scheduled to end at 09h00. A large number of flights to destinations across the UK, Europe, the US and the Gulf are likely to be delayed or even cancelled. ... read more

Air Namibia and Lufthansa sign agreement

Date: 18.02.2014

Air Namibia and Lufthansa have concluded an interline agreement, which will offer passengers a âone stopâ flight between Windhoek and the UK. Since August last year, passengers have been able to use Lufthansa as a second carrier, allowing the combination of the two airlines in one ticket. This was for all routings from Windhoek to Lufthansaâs European destinations via Frankfurt. The new agreement extends the partnership to open up the UK to Air Namibia passengers via Frankfurt. Passengers now have easy access from Windhoek to six points in the UK - Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dublin. ... read more

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge opens new suites

Date: 21.01.2014

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe has opened six new luxury safari suites. The Victoria Falls Safari Suites are situated four kilometres from the Falls and offer guests a choice of three- and two-bedroom suites. Each suite includes a lounge, veranda area and upstairs room, offering views over expansive bushveld. The suites are suited to families and small groups. The property is adjacent to the Zambezi National Park. Sightings include bush buck, warthog, African elephant and buffalo. ... read more

Protea enters Zanzibar

Date: 15.01.2014

The Protea Hospitality Group has entered the Zanzibar market with the addition of the Mbweni Ruins Hotel to its portfolio of properties. Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins is situated on the coast, 7km from Stone Town and 5km from the airport and consists of 13 rooms, a restaurant, a deck, a pool and beach bar. Guests at Mbweni can enjoy activities including boat excursions to Chumbe Island, which are available directly from the hotelâs jetty, and hiking along trails around the property, which contains 120 different species of palm trees and more than 30 exotic species of indigenous plants. The hotel also offers an in-house tour desk service to arrange excursions such as swimming with dolphins, deep-sea fishing, diving, spice tours and visits to Jozani National Forest. ... read more

Thailand protests turn violent

Date: 04.12.2013

Dozens of countries have issued travel warnings for Bangkok due to volatile protests that saw three dead and over 100 people injured earlier this week, according to media reports. This comes just as the busy holiday season begins where the capital has seen protests targeting government buildings in a call to overthrow prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. The UK Foreign and Common Wealth Office reported: âViolence, including gunshots, was reported overnight on November 30 to December 1 in the area of Ramkhamhaeng University in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok. You should avoid all protests, political gatherings and demonstrations.â It is advising against travel to these parts of the country. Far East product manager for Holiday Tours, Karen Camm, says they have not seen any cancellations for Thailand bookings, however. âWe do not discourage our customers from travelling to Thailand but recommend that they be vigilant and avoid the main locations in Bangkok where the anti-government protests are taking place and where crowds of protesters are gathering.â ... read more

Indonesia volcano

Date: 19.11.2013

Airlines flying to Aceh in Indonesia have been requested to avoid certain domestic flight routes over the erupting Mount Sinabung. Mount Merapi, an active volcano in the Yogyakarta province, also erupted on November 18. The Jakarta Post reported that manager of Kuala Namu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, has called for the temporary closure of W11, W12, L774 and R456 as these routes have been disrupted by drifting ash. Alternative routes to Aceh that avoid Mount Sinabung are being used. All other operations are continuing normally at the airport. The airportâs operational manager Ali Sofyan is quoted in the Jakarta Post as saying: âFlights in and out of Kuala Namu airport are still operating normally. We will halt flight operations if the safety risk is increased to the red level.â Airlines are not reporting cancellations or delays at this stage but travellers are urged to avoid the volcanic areas and check their flight statuses. ... read more

OR Tambo loiterers

Date: 19.11.2013

Acsa's safety and security department says it is working with the South African Police Service to clear loiterers from OR Tambo International Airport. Responding to a comment posted on eTNW's Disqus that called for Acsa to "get their act together by first sorting out the loiterers at the exit on the ground floor", manager of communications for Acsa Unathi Batyashe-Fillis says: "We are working tirelessly to rid the airport of this menace. The team recently conducted special operations where several arrests were made as part of our commitment to ensure that passengers have a pleasant experience at our airport precinct." She says they are also working closely with the courts to find ways of curbing future re-occurrences. Acsa encourages airport users who are approached or harassed by loiterers to report the incident to the security control on +27 (0)11 921 6655 or +27 (0)11 921 6813. ... read more

Passengers seek flying comfort

Date: 19.11.2013

International research from Airbus shows that a new generation of passengers are increasingly researching in-flight seat comfort prior to booking long-haul full-service flights and are prepared to spend more for comfort in economy. Of those surveyed, 54% believe an increase in seat comfort is critical with 41% prepared to pay more within economy. Five per cent said they would consider upgrading in search of more comfort and 34% are turning to specialist websites to determine true seat value prior to booking flights. Passengers cited lack of sleeping comfort, back and leg ache as the top three factors for discomfort on long-haul flights. They also said seats that were too narrow would have a negative effect on their post flight well-being, giving them tiredness and sore muscles. Post flight well-being was also of particular concern to business passengers, who need to ensure they are able to perform in working environments. ... read more

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