Hookers: New Amsterdam Schipol Airport Service



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Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport offers travellers plenty of pleasures to while away their time in between flights: tax free shopping, fine dining, relaxing massages, casino gambling, even high-brow art. Now they can also enjoy the services offered by hookers. 

Most of them, newspaper De Telegraaf reports, come from Eastern Europe and do their dealings in the international area just past customs.

Low-cost
To travel to Schiphol, the women buy cheap tickets offered by budget airlines so they can still make a profit. They then descend on bored passengers with enough time to kill and money to spend. Depending on the service agreed, they take them to toilets or one of two hotels in the international area.

Travel expenses
Some women fly up and down on the same day, a KLM spokesperson who wishes to remain anonymous tells the paper. Their expenses are apparently offset by their takings.
Though soliciting is illegal, border police have yet to act, since they can only intervene when someone is caught red-handed or a complaint is filed.
These women “can earn lots of money, much more than in their own countries”, says the Amsterdam prostitution association.

Arrangements
The association has no information on the rates the women ask for their services, though it suspects they are in the hundreds of euros, far more than registered prostitutes working in Amsterdam’s red-light district. There are two likely scenarios, according to the association:
“A man of means, say a businessman, orders a girl from Eastern Europe and pays her flight. Or she comes to Amsterdam on her own initiative, paying for her own flight and possibly for the hotel too.”
The association has no objections against hookers expanding their activities to Amsterdam’s stylish airport.
“But we do have a problem if the girl is forced to work there by a pimp or people trafficker. But if they are enterprising enough to tap this lucrative market on their own, we’re all for it. A word of warning, though: girls operating privately are always more vulnerable.”
 
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SkyTeam Alliance launches online Round The World Planner

Kenya Airways is a Sky Team Member

Customers of the national carrier Kenya Airways can now use an online application that enables them to plan their travel to various destinations around the world in advance.

The user-friendly application was developed by SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, of which Kenya Airways is a member, and allows customers to create their own Round-The-World itinerary using the extensive networks of all fourteen SkyTeam member airlines.

Round-The-World Planner will also enable travel agents to make bookings through a dedicated SkyTeam website.

Two versions of the Round the World planner have been developed. Both enabling customers to build tailor made itineraries in compliance with SkyTeam’s Round the World fare products, terms and conditions.


KQ customers will access the application via the recently refreshed skyteam.com website. A customized version for travel agents can be accessed via the newly created dedicated skyteam.biz website.

The Round the World Planner is another example of SkyTeam’s focus on actively improving products and services for its customers.
“With hundreds of destinations to choose from, SkyTeam can take our customers wherever they want to go, whenever they want to go, whether they are traveling for business or pleasure,” said Mauro Oretti, SkyTeam’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

 He added, “Our new planner has been developed to maximize customers’ potential travel opportunities, whilst minimizing the complexity of planning a Round the World itinerary.”

 The SkyTeam Round the World planner intuitively guides users through every step of planning an itinerary. Once saved, the itinerary can be printed or emailed.

In addition, customers can book their preferred travel plans via their travel agent or any SkyTeam member airline. Future phases of the application will feature real-time flight availability and prices and the ability to book online via SkyTeam.com.


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Kenya Airways: The Staggering Cost of Becoming Number 1 in Africa

Carrier Needs over $2 billion to become airline of choice in Africa

Details have emerged about the potential cost of Kenya Airways’ drive to become the number one airline of choice in Africa, connecting the continent’s various destinations via their Nairobi hub.

 Only recently did ‘The Pride of Africa’ sign a record breaking deal of 10 firm orders and 16 options with Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, which, should all options to turn into firm orders as, will double the size of the carrier’s current fleet. Also, when Boeing delivers nine 787 aircraft on firm order, it will allow KQ to add more long haul destinations such as flights to the US, India and the emerging tourism markets in the Far East and the South East.

The cost however is mindboggling with figures ranging from 2+ billion US Dollars upwards, according to sources in Kenya. The forthcoming share rights issue by Kenya Airways is expected to create a core fund to finance this growth, but borrowing and retaining profits at the expense of higher dividends will be other avenue the airline will have to use to be able to pay for the ambitious expansion plans.

At the same time there is intensive lobbying going on to have government boost aviation infrastructure at the country’s main airport in Nairobi, where a second runway is a must to roll out the fleet expansion, while more terminal space and parking spaces for aircraft too are required in order to handle the added passenger and aircraft load. Delays by past KAA management are now coming home to roost as capacity constraints are not only hampering Kenya Airways’ growth plans, but also prevent more airlines from flying to Nairobi or just boosting the number of the existing flights.

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Air Zimbabwe flies back to Harare with one passenger

Air Zimbabwe flew back to Harare from Victoria Falls with one passenger on Sunday when it resumed flights after a two-month stoppage.
The troubled airline grounded its planes at the end of July when pilots went on strike demanding unpaid salaries and allowances. Acting chief executive officer, Innocent Mavunga on Friday had said the flights would resume after the airline secured a $2.8 million rescue package from the government.
But there were indications customers had lost confidence in the airline after it took 15 passengers from the capital to the resort town of Victoria Falls only to return with one passenger. It was using the MA60 plane, which normally carries over 60 passengers.
But Mr Mavhunga told the state owned Herald that there was nothing amiss about the flight that carried one passenger. “There is nothing unusual about that,” he said “We have not been operating for the past two months and we only resumed on Friday. We are looking at three to six months to resume normal loads.
Clients often book flights way in advance, so we cannot expect an overnight change in the situation.” Domestic flights had failed to take off on Friday as expected because there were no passengers. The Harare-Johannesburg flights, which were supposed to resume on Monday were deferred to Wednesday.

Source: Zimbabwe


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Former South African Airways (SAA) CEO Khaya Ngqula expected to appear in the High Court

Former South African Airways (SAA) CEO Khaya Ngqula is expected to appear in the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday for allegedly misspending sponsorship money during his time at the company.
“The court argument will be centred around whether SAA, in its haste to sue Mr Ngqula, might have approached the wrong court to deal with the matter,” his spokesperson Louis Seeco said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Ngqula left the company in March 2009.
KPMG conducted a forensic audit following allegations made largely against Ngqula and in July last year, SAA sued him for R30.8-million. 

The SAA board sought to recover R27-million Ngqula allegedly spent on sign-on retention bonuses to company employees, in excess of the authority given to him.
It also sought to recover R3.3-million for his hiring of hospitality suites in various sports stadiums and at least R500 000 he spent on free junkets allegedly for his personal friends. 

Ngqula allegedly organised overseas trips for friends and associates to the 2006 Fifa World Cup, the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and the ATP Tennis Tournament in 2008.

Source SAPA


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Suid Afrikaanse Lugdiens: What the heck is that? How fast time travels!

For the benefit of Younger Flight Africa Blog readers:
South African Airways published some vintage photos of the old airline on their Facebook page. How fast time travels. I asked a young Kenyan friend whether he knew about Suid Afrikaanse Luigdens(SAL) and the answer I got was "what the heck is that"? Well it's this: South African Airways. Once upon time it was the airline of apartheid South Africa, the pariah airline of a pariah state. Many young Africans of course do not remember that country.

We know Nelson Mandela and the "Invictus" and the World Cup. Today SAL is South African Airways, a Star Alliance member expanding to newer and newer African destinations. Africa's most Awarded Airline.













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Air Seychelles Rebranding: Air Seychelles undergoes major rebrand

Air Seychelles has made a soft launch and presentation of its new livery and logo at a general staff meeting held at the Anse Royale campus of the Seychelles University.

Current Air Seychelles Livery
 The airline’s Executive Chairman, Maurice Loustau Lalanne has said : “ The airline’s new livery and logo which will also be launched at the Top Resa tourism fair in Paris next week is based on the nature and the magnificent ecosystem that Seychelles boasts and is the muse behind the creation of the logo which is a fluid organic shape, like that of a leaf, has been adopted to signal our support for a greener Seychelles, and a greener Earth.

The rebranding project was spearheaded by the airline’s Organisational Development Department headed by Ms Hazel Ho Peng who explained that the red and green colours have been used in different tones to add dimension and depth, and for a more leafy effect- the focus still being on nature.


New HM Logo

Ms Ho Peng explained that the more modern, fresh, and expressive image is still reigned over by the trademark pair of Fairy Terns, that has been the Air Seychelles icon for many years. The pair of Fairy Terns, softened into an abstracted and flowing silhouette, is the primary visual symbol of Air Seychelles. Fairy Terns pair for life, and is a compelling manifestation of not only beauty, elegance, nature and flight, but of loyalty, unity and freedom.

“ The word “air” is a lighter blue to signify the sky, while “Seychelles” is a darker blue, to signify the ocean. The colours used are commonly associated with The Seychelles- blue, green, red and white. The striking colours with the abstracted images of the birds and leaves are aimed at evoking the Seychelles’ Creole spirit, which brings us to our tagline, “Flying the Creole Spirit”,” Ms Ho Peng said.

Describing the tagline – Flying the Creole Spirit – she said that this has been kept from our previous corporate brand identity, with the intent of taking better advantage of our unique differentiation, what sets us apart from other airlines—the quintessence of the Seychelles’ “Creole Spirit”.

Flying the Creole Spirit carries a lot of meanings, but it all comes down to our unique culture, our multi-ethnicity, our welcoming and friendly people, our joie de vivre and passion, our simple and authentic island life, and the breathtaking ecology that is the Seychelles.

Defining the Creole Spirit, Ms Ho Peng said that we have come up with this concise definition that captures some of this:

“ The Creole Spirit is the ‘experience of Seychelles in a nutshell’ and It embodies a distinct approach to, and celebration of, life that is unique to the Seychelles Islands. Evoking the sights, sounds and fragrances of Seychelles, it captures the spontaneous joie-de-vivre, passion and natural warmth of the Seychellois people and echoes an authentic and exotic island life rooted in a multi-ethnic unity and family values. It is a timeless way of living, in harmony with nature”.

Brussels Airlines launches new route to Bamako in Mali from Brussels

Brussels Airlines further expanded its African network out of its Brussels (BRU) hub. The Star Alliance airline now flies twice-weekly to Bamako (BKO), the capital of Mali in West Africa and the airline’s 19th destination in Sub-Saharan Africa. Flights are operated with 284-seat A330-300s. This makes Brussels Airport the seventh European airport to be connected with Bamako, while Brussels Airlines becomes the sixth airline to serve Bamako from Europe after Air France, TAP Portugal, Aigle Azur, Spanair and Air Mali.



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Santaco Airlines Launch: President Zuma Speech at Santaco Airlines launch

 A sector that was branded by some as never going to be able to progress to even own fleets of buses, has leapfrogged into the aviation industry by owning an airline.

 Minister of Transport, Sbu Ndebele;
Gauteng Transport MEC,
Ismail Vadi;
President of the South African National Taxi Council, SANTACO,
Mr Jabulani Mthembu;
CEO of SANTACO,
Mr. Bongani Msimang;
National Leadership of SANTACO;
Chairpersons and CEOs of Companies present;
Ladies and gentlemen;




Today is a historic day for our country.
When addressing a black business summit last week, I said we need to start seeing tangible results of economic transformation and freedom.

We said black people, women and persons with disabilities need to visibly enter the economic sectors that were closed to them before, such as manufacturing so that we could see the rise of new black industrialists.
Today we are celebrating such an achievement. A sector that was branded by some as never going to be able to progress to even own fleets of buses, has leapfrogged into the aviation industry by owning an airline.

It is therefore an honor and a privilege for me to join SANTACO in celebrating this milestone.
SANTACO is also celebrating ten years of existence within the taxi industry. You have achieved in 10 years a goal many would take a lifetime to reach. We are happy that our freedom and democracy creates an environment for South Africans to literally touch the sky when they want to!

We applaud SANTACO for this brave step, in giving the country its first fully black owned airline.
This comes so soon after the welcome involvement of the taxi industry in the ownership and operation of the BRT, another important empowerment initiative.

Ladies and gentlemen,
The SANTACO Airlines venture is also significant because it is a practical example of economic and social emancipation, in both ownership and consumption. SANTACO Airlines is owned by more than a hundred thousand taxi owners, which makes it one of the most broad-based black empowerment ventures in our country.

Secondly, a significant number of our people who relied on taxis and buses only, will now be able to access SANTACO airline services between Johannesburg, Cape Town and the Eastern Cape.

Currently, ACSA airports around the country handle more than 18 million passengers per year. While this number might look big, most of our people do not have access to air transport.
This is because of the high cost of air travel, and to some extent, an unfortunate perception which should be shed, that air travel is the exclusive preserve of a privileged few.

SANTACO is therefore opening air travel to the masses, building on the contribution of other low cost airlines that entered the market recently.

This new entry underlines the growth of our aviation industry. Statistics show that South Africa is home to more than 70% of aviation activities in the SADC region.

In addition, the country's aviation industry has experienced significant growth over the past 10 years.   For instance, in 1993, fewer than 12 international airlines flew into South Africa.
To date more than 70 international airlines fly into the country on a regular basis. Passenger numbers have been growing more than 10% per annum.

The Airports Company of South Africa handles close to 16.8 million departing passengers annually, and is currently experiencing an annual growth of 10.8 percent.

The East London airport, where SANTACO flights will be servicing, has grown by 18 percent on average, reaching more than 700 000 passengers per annum.

It is also correct and proper for the taxi industry to move a step higher into the aviation sector. The industry is a major player in the public transport industry, carrying an average of 15 million passengers a day countrywide.  It is by far the single largest and most accessible service provider in the public transport industry.

Annually the industry spends 15 billion rand on fuels, 10 billion rand on vehicles and 150 million rand on tyres. It contributes about 16, 5 billion rand in revenue every year.

To support the growth of the taxi industry and of public transport in general, as government, we will continue to invest in infrastructure, especially the building and repairs of roads.

We have already spent more than nine billion rand rolling out the Integrated Public Transport Networks in some of our cities over the last six years. The expenditure trend is going to continue for the next 10 years.
Over the past six years, we invested more than 48 billion rand in our Bus Rapid Transit System, rail and the Taxi Recapitalization Programme.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Today we are also upbeat for another important reason. For many years, the taxi industry has been shrouded in controversy.
It has been faced by violence, poor service and a bad safety record.
The industry is steadily shedding the negative image, which augurs very well for the future growth and development of this important transport sector.

Through your TR3 2020 Strategy, SANTACO, which involves Redefining, Restructuring and Repositioning the taxi industry, we anticipate much more developments.
These developments encompass both tangible outcomes such as safe taxis, as well as intangible outcomes such as embracing good customer client attitude and relationship, resulting in world class service.

 In this regard, I am happy that we share the commitment to improving the transport system in the country and in particular the services provided by the taxi industry.

Government, through the Department of Transport is committed to setting up new academies to train taxi drivers.  About R5 million was allocated towards this project.
 Many more areas of cooperation will be explored in future.

All the positive developments we have spoken about indicate that the taxi industry is moving forward towards the development of world class public transport in South Africa.
Your motto: "A backward glance with a forward outlook” is hopefully a true expression of the good intentions that propel you in   this industry today. 

With our success in hosting the World Cup Tournament last year, we believe that the taxi industry is also fast gearing up to play a significant role in the many world class events that we will still host in future.
In conclusion, as I said, the launch of the airline is both an achievement and a challenge, and hopefully an indication of many innovative projects still to come.

May the SANTACO Airlines bring pride and hope to the millions of South Africans, as your slogan  boldly suggests, "Fly with Pride.”

We welcome this launch wholeheartedly, and wish you success in this first endeavor. This should pave way for your intended expansion to other routes, including the broader SADC region.
May your initiative encourage more exciting groundbreaking ventures into new sectors of our economy, by many black entrepreneurs.

 In this way, we will be achieving the goals stated in 1955 in the Freedom Charter, that all shall share in the country's wealth.

I Thank You!

South African National Taxi Council launches airline

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) today launched its low cost airline SANTACO Airways at Lanseria airport in Johannesburg, becoming the second new airline to launch in South Africa this year.

The innovative airline promises an all-inclusive package that involves ferrying passengers to and from airports in minibus taxis.

SANTACO Airlines’ first flight took off from the private Lanseria airport in Johannesburg this morning bound for Bhisho in the Eastern Cape. The proof of concept flight comes ahead of planned commercial operations in November, when the airline plans to fly between Lanseria, Bhisho and Cape Town.

SANTACO has said that prices for trips between Cape Town and Johannesburg would amount to between R500 and R600 and between Durban and Johannesburg about R300.

“Today is a historic day for our country,” said President Jacob Zuma during the launch at Lanseria. “We applaud SANTACO for this brave step, in giving the country its first fully black owned airline.”

The launch comes as SANTACO celebrates ten years of existence. “A sector that was branded by some as never going to be able to progress to even own fleets of buses, has leapfrogged into the aviation industry by owning an airline. It is therefore an honour and a privilege for me to join SANTACO in celebrating this milestone,” Zuma said.

Santaco secretary-general Philip Taaibosch said that, “This is a historic day for the taxi industry. We are not rewriting history; we are part of the history of South Africa.”

Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi said that, “The taxi industry has come of age. In the 1970s, it was small, uncoordinated, narrow. Over the past 30 to 40 years, the industry has become a major player.”

Zuma said that at the moment, while Airports Company of South Africa airports around the country handle more than 18 million passengers per year, most South Africans do not have access to air transport due to the high cost of air travel and “an unfortunate perception…that air travel is the exclusive preserve of a privileged few. SANTACO is therefore opening air travel to the masses, building on the contribution of other low cost airlines that entered the market recently.”

The launch of SANTACO Airlines comes just six months after the launch of Velvet Sky, another low cost airline, based in Durban. While this may indicate a robust market, domestic airlines are struggling with high oil prices and lacklustre demand. 1time made a loss in the first six months of this year while Comair, which operates Kulula.com and British Airways, reported a drop in profit in the year ending June.

Comair joint CEO Erik Venter said he expects the next two years in the domestic travel market to be tough with little or no growth as jet fuel prices remain high and consumers continue to feel squeezed. Further affecting airlines is the increase in airport taxes.

Perhaps now is a good time for SANTACO’s low cost model that includes transport to and fro the airport. Although domestic airlines are not optimistic about the future, passenger numbers have been growing more than 10% per annum. South Africa is home to more than 70% of aviation activities in the SADC region.

“In conclusion…the launch of the airline is both an achievement and a challenge, and hopefully an indication of many innovative projects still to come,” Zuma said. “May the SANTACO Airlines bring pride and hope to the millions of South Africans, as your slogan boldly suggests, ‘Fly with Pride.’ We welcome this launch wholeheartedly, and wish you success in this first endeavor. This should pave way for your intended expansion to other routes, including the broader SADC region.”

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said it “welcomes the start of this new chapter in the history of both the taxi and the civil aviation industry, which will make air travel more accessible and affordable to all South Africans, and shorten air travel times between Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.”

“This initiative has also contributed to the upgrading of the Eastern Cape airports at Bhisho and Mthatha, and will hopefully provide a much needed boost to the region's economy, in particular the tourism and automotive industries,” stated Manny de Freitas, the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Transport.

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Precision Air to use funds from IPO for route and fleet expansion

Precision Air plans to use the money raised from its IPO to finance the carrier’s route and fleet expansion plans.  The carrier hopes to raise TZS28 billion (USD17.1 million) from the rights offering. 
Precision Air, the largest carrier in Tanzania, has 11 aircraft in service.

The the money raised from the IPO would largely be used to finance the airline's fleet and route expansion plans.

"Much of it will go to expansion by acquiring more aircraft and acquisition of spares, which are critical for the operation of the airline," Alfonse Kioko said, adding that he expected the IPO to be oversubscribed, Reuters reports.

The airline currently operates flights to Kenya, South Africa and Comoros together with its domestic routes. The airline plans to expand to Southern Africa, West Africa before moving towards Middle East and Asia. Quite an ambitious expansion plan for tanzania's privately owned airline that was founded by Tanzanian entrepreneur, Michael Shirima who owned 51% of Precision Air before the IPO.

Bram Steller is new Air Seychelles CEO

Bram Steller is according to reliable sources going to join HM as new Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne who has served as stand in Executive Chairman for almost six months, since Capt. David Savy retired from the airline following the departure of the former CEO.

Bram Steller(R)

Bram served with Kenya Airways as Chief Operating Officer since 2008 and was previously already with Kenya Airways between 2001 and 2002 as Commercial Director amongst many other senior positions in various airlines in Europe.

Sources at Kenya Airways have been tight lipped over the development, knowing that Brams departure will leave a very large pair of shoes to fill for his successor, and having generally been considered one of the chief architects of Kenya Airways recent successes in rolling out a Pan African network was largely attributed to his strategic and operational thinking.

Air Seychelles, an airline with a huge potential but also facing substantial challenges, has undoubtedly gotten the right man for the job as it searches for new strategies and new routes in the face of the forthcoming 25 frequencies operated weekly by Emirates Double Daily, Qatar Airways daily flights and the upcoming 4 flights a week by Etihad. HM is presently operating 6 times a week between Paris and Mahe in code share with Air France, a partner well known to Bram as KLM / Air France is a major shareholder in Kenya Airways, and there are indications following a recent renewed agreement between the two airlines that this flight could move to a daily departure, with London, Milan and Rome also looking at a possibly greater presence from Air Seychelles to cater for rising demand.

Other routes to Mauritius and South Africa will be assessed too, as will other African mainland destinations come up for consideration, but it is in the Far East, where the airline presently flies to Singapore only once a week, that more opportunities exist. Air Mauritius has just started a direct flight to China and with Chinese visitors numbers rising fast, it is conceivable that, supported by the Seychelles government, Air Seychelles may well target a China mainland destination next.

Congratulations to Bram on his new appointment, as he moves to the Indian Ocean Creole Island Paradise of the Seychelles.




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Juba to Host South Sudan Investment Conference and Trade Fair in October

Juba will host the first post independence South Sudan Investment Conference and Trade Fair in October, according to a regular source in Juba. ‘We will be showing potential investors what great range of projects they can apply for, can make a sales pitch for. We need foreign investments in the entire infrastructure, in manufacturing and services, because our government cannot do this alone, we South Sudanese cannot do it alone. We are offering opportunities in housing developments, telecommunications, the health sector, education, power generation and distribution, airport development, railway development, mining, agriculture and agro processing and tourism. We need all those things to make our economy take off and when we are part of East African Community we can offer an even bigger market for those manufacturing or producing agricultural products. Tourism needs hotels in all the state capitals, in the new federal capital, in the safari parks or along the rivers. South Sudan is now open for business and we will facilitate good investors and good projects as much as we can.’

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Construction of new Nairobi Airport Terminal tender attaracts Global Interest

Talks of over 100 international and regional construction companies expressing interests in the tender documents available from the Kenya Airports Authority for the re-development of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport into a first class international airport with the capacity to handle an intermediate 9 million passengers a year. Ground breaking is due for early 2012 and the construction of the new terminal and surrounding facilities should be completed within 24 months.

Built in the late 70’s and opened officially in 1978, taking over from the ‘old Embakasi’ airport which now serves as Kenya Airways headoffice and maintenance base, the airport at the time was ‘state of the art’ but the maximum capacity of only 2.5 million passengers has long been exceeded. Congestion now marks all facilities at the airport as over 6 million travelers are crowded through departure and arrival lounges while the single runway is seen as a major capacity and operational constraint..

National carrier Kenya Airways, set to double its fleet over the next few years, is said to be very keen to see construction of the new terminal and final planning for a second runway completed on the fast track, and there has long been speculation if KQ would not eventually be compelled to build their own integrated terminal where international and domestic departures and arrivals could be handled under one roof without having to change terminals.

International airlines too continue to have a keen eye on flying to Nairobi and especially from the Far and South East there are vast gaps in the route network of direct flights to Nairobi, considering Japan, Australia or Singapore to name just three countries with the potential to uplift passengers and cargo on scheduled flights to Kenya. Other airlines already flying to Nairobi also regularly complain about their working conditions and their problems to add more flights in view of the ever tighter slot regime now in place for Nairobi, and recent power outages and runway blockages have added further pressure on the KCAA to press ahead with the airport’s modernization and expansion.


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Jackie Arkle has left Fly 540 Aviation

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A public notice in the Daily Nation of Kenya and the Daily Monitor in Kampala has tipped off this correspondent and confirmed earlier rumours that Jackie Arkle, the soul and good spirit of Fly 540 in Uganda, has left the airline under unclear circumstances.

Jackie arrived in Uganda after two years at Fly 540’s head office in Nairobi where she was responsible for sales and marketing and from where she put the airline visibly into the public domain. Upon her transfer to Uganda as country manager in January 2010 she was the one putting Fly 540 on the map in Uganda and inspite of regular operational issues kept travel agents and regular travelers ‘on board’ through her charming personality and never giving up in promising improvements in on time performance. This was often aggravated by the use of aircraft other than the CRJ jet, such as the Dash 8 or even the B 1900 Beechcraft, leaving the marketing and sales staff hanging out to dry over such operational changes beyond their control.

It is understood that Air Uganda and Kenya Airways personnel are on a ‘charm offensive’ in Kampala trying to exploit the situation which could result in a sharp reduction of load factors for Fly 540 on the route where they have to compete with Kenya Airways’ four flights a day and Air Uganda’s three flights a day by offering only two flights a day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday they only operate one service a day. With competition in Kenya and the wider region getting quite cut throat, following Kenya Airways’ aggressive re-entry into the domestic market last year and their open option of forming their own LCC under ‘Jambo Jet’, competition has heated up in recent months and it will be survival for the financially fittest only, as the shoulder / mid season for Kenya’s beach resorts is now approaching and loads across the ‘jet network’ between Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi and Kisumu reduce.

Jackie herself was tight lipped over the reasons for leaving the airline, reportedly on advice of her solicitors, indicating that this development will lead to a very likely court case, especially following the ‘nasty’ of going public with an advert the way the airline’s top executives chose to do.

Fly 540 is the first regional self professed LCC in East Africa and operates an extensive domestic network in Kenya, within and to Tanzania and to Uganda, while also serving regional routes in the wider region. The group has also established operations in Angola and is reportedly working on setting up other LCC’s in West Africa, but with few details on progress made so far inspite of this being on the drawing board for some time now. Wherever Jackie goes, she will be an asset of great value and this correspondent for one is sad to see her leave Kampala and return to Kenya.

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Events: 20th FAI World Precision Flying championships 2011 Brits South Africa

The 20th FAI World Precision Flying Championships to be held at Brits Airport, South Africa from the 23rd to the 29th of October 2011. Entries from 56 competitors representing 15 countries had already been received by June 2011 according to the organizers.

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Precision Air's IPO gets "Take Off Clearance"

Precision Air is co-owned by Tanzanian entrepreneur Michael Shirima(51%) and Kenya Airways(49%).

Regulatory authorities in Tanzania have finally bowed to increasing pressure to allow Precision Air, Tanzania’s premier privately owned airline and partner of Kenya Airways, to go ahead with their long planned and often halted ‘initial public offering’ of shares.

Government in Dar es Salaam had come under intense scrutiny over their apparent double standards, on one side making verbal statements as to attracting investments in the aviation industry – most recently during the opening of the aviation conference last week in Dar es Salaam by President Kikwete – and yet placing hurdle after hurdle in the way of Precision Air in a wide range of areas. Foul play was suspected when upon the opening of the airline’s maintenance facility at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar no taxiway had been linked to the multi million US Dollar investment by the Tanzania Airports Authority, as was during the airline’s long struggle to attain the status of ‘self handling’, allowing it eventually to escape the greedy clutches of a handling monopolist.

The halt of the IPO earlier this year was reportedly linked to a, what was generally perceived as frivolent and politically motivated winding up petition against Precision Air over an alleged debt of some 100.000 US Dollars, prompting the Dar Stock Exchange to throw the book at the airline claiming it could not proceedwith the sale of shares while winding up proceeding were ongoing.

Tanzania’s mainstream politicians, many of them mentally rooted in the command economy days, also played a part in constantly demanding that government revive the near dead Air Tanzania and only recently was a huge maintenance bill paid on ATCL’s behalf to get a Bombardier Q300 aircraft back into operations, a single turboprop plane compared to the many recently acquired ATR’s and jets of Precision.

Kenya Airways being a key partner of Precision also reportedly fueled sentiments against Precision, inspite of KQ’s expressed desire to reduce their current shareholding of 49 percent to approximately a third of the shares during the IPO.

Yet, all is well what ends well as Precision apparently got final permissions to launch their IPO within weeks of this announcement in October, setting the stage of a major boost for the Dar Stock Exchange and injecting added capital into the airline at a time when it is clearly set on an aggressive expansion course.
Meanwhile has the airline taken delivery of another B 737, which will be deployed on the route between Nairobi to Dar and between Dar and Mwanza, bringing the total number of aircraft operated to 11. Precision has already announced that they intend to add a further 6 planes between now and the end of 2012, affirming its status as Tanzania’s number one airline, connecting the country domestically, regionally and across the continent of Africa. Watch this space.

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Kenyan Aviation: Kenya to Discuss Air links with United States

KENYA TO DISCUSS AIR LINKS WITH US
A bilateral meeting between the United States and Kenya at the end of September will have aviation on the agenda, it was understood from a source in Nairobi.

The inexplicable cancellation of a Delta Airlines inaugural flight in early 2010, ostensible over obscure ‘security concerns’, caused consternation in Kenya’s government circles, more so considering the growing number of American tourists coming to East Africa and landing initially in Nairobi. The ‘reasons’ were also soundly rejected by other airline executives in Kenya at the time, low key of course considering the possible overkill reaction by the Americans when it comes to ‘matters of national security’ where common sense and reason no longer seem to have any place.

The bilateral meeting, to be attended amongst others by the ministers responsible for tourism and for transport will undoubtedly try to get the US lift their objections and permit Delta to finally commence flights, and with over 100.000 American tourists expected in Kenya this year there is a growing commercial and economic reason for having direct airlinks alongside the ‘traditional’ routes via Europe.

The same sources also commented on Kenya’s intention to have flights between Russia and Kenya resume. In the ‘old days’ Aeroflot regularly landed in Nairobi but has since shed the route while undergoing restructuring, but with a growing number of visitors from Russia to Kenya, and via Nairobi into the region, there – as is the case with America – reasons exist to finally look again at direct flights and not leave the entire uplift to mainly Gulf carries which connect Russian cities several times a day to their hubs in Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Kenya Airways Fleet Expansion Plan Causes Other Airlines to Worry

(One of Kenya Airways’ brand new E190AR)
Within hours of Kenya Airways ‘serving notice of intent’ about its future, when they signed a 26 aircraft deal with Embraer of Brazil, did other airlines express their fears in an uncharacteristically candid fashion in communications with this correspondent.

Fly 540’s Nixon Ooko, Director of Operations, was quoted in sections of the Kenyan media to have said: ‘You cannot have an experienced pilot in less than five years and this raises the possibility of Kenya Airways hiring experienced pilots and retraining them to fly these new jets’. Others, not officially going on record, nothing unusual in East Africa’ were more candid andaccused KQ without however giving any particulars or details: ‘They will be poaching our Captains and First Officers, that much is clear. If they get 26 new planes between now and 2015 or 2016, they cannot produce enough new pilots in their own academy and from those sent to South Africa to train. This leaves me to conclude that they will again recruit on the open market like they did before. I agree, that as a smaller airline we will find it difficult to retain our pilots, even so we believe our packages are superior and we are more flexible employers.

KQ however will bait them with career prospects to move from single aisle narrow body to the larger wide bodied planes in the future, and that is the aspiration of many pilots to eventually captain a B777 or a B787. And there is another threat even KQ suffers from, that is the Gulf airlines constantly recruiting, with head hunters and through their offices when they spread word that there are jobs in these airlines as expatriates. Even experienced pilots flying light aircraft on the safari routes are now showing interest to move up and there will be a rat race to capture them, entice them. As a Kenyan I am happy to see KQ grow but to be honest, for our company this means nothing but more problems. And just remember that salary packages for pilots have doubled over the last couple of years already. This is becoming a big factor in our cost structure and can break our financial back if we cannot approach this sensibly’.

Kenya Airways in the meantime let it be known through established channels that far from ‘poaching’ staff and in particular pilots, the airline was committed to expand their in house training programmes and external courses for pilot aspirants, which will be sufficient to cater for the increase in aircraft number over the next few years. It was also suggested that Embraer will assist KQ, which is now the Brazilian manufacturer’s largest customer in Africa, with the training of pilots and the recruitment of Brazilian expatriate pilots has in fact not been ruled out by the sources this correspondent spoke with. Said one regular source from Embakasi on condition of anonymity: ‘We invested in a flight simulator for the B737 and we are now getting a lot of Embraer aircraft, so we might invest in a simulator for those aircraft also. We are committed to training our staff and will continue to do so. Eventually we will have over 30 Embraer 170 and 190 aircraft flying so it makes sense to train our pilots at home. No other airline in Kenya has invested in training like we do, so they should not be too worried’.

As recently explained in a series of articles over the East African aviation markets, this will undoubtedly play out over the coming months in an increasingly competitive environment, where the gloves will come off and only the financially strong and fit will survive. Watch this space for the most up to date information from the regional airline industry.

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Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Plans Fee Whopper

While aviation stakeholders have been locked in a seemingly never ending argument with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, with a near breakdown of relations when KCAA broke a gentleman’s agreement on the implementation of hugely controversial new regulations last year, the stand offs are not about to end it seems.
The general public in Kenya will be waking up today to news that KCAA is attempting to raise regulatory and other fees – but not just by making up for inflationary trends. Doubling up to quadrupling of rates is on the card for them as they are seeking government approval to ‘do a vampire act on us’ as one usually very candid aviation source from Nairobi put it to this correspondent.

Several aspects of the planned fee increases have been vehemently critizised, such as plans to raise fees related to pilot aspirants, with certain examination fees tripling under the proposed new regime.
The aviation industry is facing a serious challenge to find enough young pilots as it is, and fleet expansion by Kenya Airways and ongoing ‘brain drain’ to the Gulf has prompted aviation observers to question the wisdom of making pilot training more expensive, instead of making it more affordable to create a larger pool of future commercial pilots.

While it has been acknowledged that the last major fee revision was over a decade ago, in particular the general aviation sector, including the ‘leisure flyers’ on weekends can brace themselves to see an already expensive hobby become even more expensive. Needless to say, there are substantial objections to the KCAA proposals but few expect government and KCAA take notice of those, as they are known to brush aside submissions from the private sector and do what they want in a near unaccountable scenario, similar to the ‘take it or get out’ attitude shown over the introduction of the last round of regulations.
The chairman of the East African Aero Club did not mince words either as he described KCAA as a ‘leech on an already embattled industry’.

Said one regular source: ‘KCAA and government cite lack of inspectors, which is true, there are not enough, but instead of pooling their resources with other EAC aviation regulators, they are just looking at their own fiefdom. Airworthiness inspectors and specialists should be shared amongst EAC countries, it could save considerable expense which can translate in lower charges for flights. They also should do a thorough analysis of their internal dead wood and stop forcing the industry from requiring multiple and repetitive permits and licenses. When one has an AOC in Uganda, when one has a pilot’s license in Tanzania that should be accepted without ifs and buts here in Kenya too, after all East Africa is now under CASSOA and has harmonized regulations. But it shows it is all about fees and to finance a structure of national regulators which should be merged into one body under EAC and branch offices in the member countries’.
Watch this space as the latest round of spats, accusations and counteraccusations unfolds between the KCAA and aviation stakeholders and airlines.

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African Airlines Association blasts African Governments at Aviation Meeting in Tanzania

The African Airline Association took advantage of the just ended aviation conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to expose once again the lack of implementation of the Yamoussoukro Declaration, besides highlighting on behalf of their members the pressing issues of investments in the aviation infrastructure and brain drain of highly qualified professionals to particularly the Gulf region. The Yamoussoukro agreement, signed in 1999, was due to have been fully operationalised by 2002, but now, 9 years later, several AU member states still have not made an effort to implement its provisions. AFRAA’s Secretary General Elijah Chingosho also spoke on taxation, another deterrent to the growth of aviation.

The conference was officially opened by President Kikwete and brought together over 200 participants, mainly from the region but also further abroad. Regulatory staff had come alongside government delegations, representatives of a number of African airlines and from ICAO, IATA and the FAA. The theme of the meeting, ‘Air Transport in Africa – Strengthening Leadership, Sustaining Growth’ discussed since Monday this week a range of pressing issues, amongst them the failure of governments to promote inter Africa air traffic while opening their skies to foreign airlines. One participant who regularly interacts with this correspondent pointed out that as long as cross border air transport within the East African Community was treated as ‘foreign’ and non tariff barriers maintained vis a vis fees charged, clearances granted and restrictions in place to fly passengers to a final destination in a park for instance ‘…these conferences and meetings will remain talking shops. We would not mind having one single regulator again in East Africa, because right now we have five and each of them wants a slice of our cake by taking fees. In the process an airline could need 5 AOC’s, 5 separate companies and five different structures if it would want to operate in each of the member states.

 This is very very costly and our fares and charges must reflect this. This is the crunch point here and is reflected in similar fashion across the continent where big Gulf airlines get all the freedom to operate and siphon off traffic while African airlines from neighbouring countries are treated often with disdain, treated as unwelcome, as ‘foreign’ and as ‘usurpers’. This must change if air transport is to develop like in the US. Flying in Africa is an almost natural form of transport due to distances, lack of road and rail and of course for tourists. But when you even look at regulations for leisure flying, it is hard to believe that anyone would still bother, as they are so restrictive, so unreal at times for instance for micro lights. The mindset of regulators and of governments are challenged here to change, so that air transport can really take off’.

These sentiments have been lingering for years, it is recalled, while in addition the cost of aviation fuel, and its general availability like for AVGAS for instance, is a related issue preventing aviation from being considered a form of mass transport as it is elsewhere. Watch this space.

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East Africa Airports: Of Airports and Airports

As a frequent traveler I am probably in a better position to judge the functionalities of our regional airports, and the ‘pain’ inflicted by overzealous security officials on those having to travel by air, or those simply coming to have a holiday of a lifetime.

In Nairobi for instance, vehicles continue to drive right up to terminals 1, 2 and 3, dropping off passengers and their baggage and parking, just opposite the terminal building, is very much a reality.
Departing passengers undergo an initial screening at the entry point into the terminal, but checked baggage is habitually screened again, for contraband ivory amongst other things, while passengers when entering the gate of their departing flight again undergo a final security check where, to the surprise of many, scores still carry pocket knives, scissors, lighters and other items on the ‘prohibited’ list. Transparent containers at the check point, no longer as full as when those measures were first started, still contain visible evidence just how much ‘stuff’ travelers carry on them instead of in their checked bags.

In Kigali, cars park outside the terminal and passengers then enter the airport building on foot, using available trolleys or pulling or carrying their bags with them. Entry to the terminal is unrestricted, good for the business at the popular coffee shop in the main lobby, and passengers and their bags are screened only when entering the check-in area, and a thorough check it is as I can vouch for. Again, when entering the departure gate area, there is currently only one joint gate area available before the expansion works of Kanombe International Airport commence to create more check in counters and separate departure gates, passengers are screened once more, belts, shoes and all.

That said, similar stories could be told about Kilimanjaro International or the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, or Juba for that matter – at present the least ‘organized’ airport in the region, but when it comes to home, nothing can beat what Ugandan’s go through when travelling by air.

Come rain or shine, rain in the case of my most recent flight again, when entering the airport perimeter a check is unleashed upon unsuspecting travelers. The glaring disparities here are, that when you drive yourself, leaving the car in the long term parking, the car is superficially examined, they peep into the interior and regularly open the glove compartment, but otherwise you, the driver, then moves on to the ticket booth and hey presto, you are inside the secured perimeter.

Not so for passengers. While at times waved through, for no apparent reason, more often than not must passengers disembark from the car and undergo a physical check with hand held scanners, and when it rains they get soaked in the process. As an example, when it was my turn last night, my safari jacket, of course loaded with coins, pens and phones, made the scanner go beepedibeep … what did I carry? Phones! How many are those? Three! But why do I carry three phones? Officer, I left two even at home! Ssebo, you must be important, you go!’

Rained upon I re-entered my car, my driver got his entry ticket from the booth but driving to the terminal as the rain poured down on us ? NO.

At Entebbe you must disembark at a distant and often chaotic parking area far away from the terminal, heave your bags to the small shaded area where 6 automated machines only accept coins to pay for the parking fee – the note slots have long been disabled – and when out of service as often happens, one is compelled to pay an extra 1.000 Uganda Shillings on exit at the booth for failing to pay at the machines, working or not does not seem to matter. A nice additional income for sure for the concessionaire and few seem bothered, well I am.

Once there the struggle starts to find a trolley, during peak periods often in very short supply, and then trek admittedly under shades towards the terminal itself. In the absence of elevators on the key locations stairs await the travelers, and while most of the time uniformed porters are at hand to assist in carrying the bags ‘upstairs’ to the departure level, still open air of course, a recipe to get wet, wetter wettest depending on just how hard the rain comes down, before entering the terminal.

There is an immediate pre-screening point, with two machines of which even at ‘rush hour’ only one is operated, most of the times anyway, before getting to the check in counters. And of course, after clearing immigration, there are no exit customs declarations required, the gate check is the final hurdle before being able to board. Packed to the Rafters came to mind last night, as both KLM and Brussels Airlines checked in their flights at the same time and RwandAir passengers were compelled to queue in the long lines with Europe bound travelers as no separate gate had been assigned.

Many passengers still showed signs of having been rained upon when making their way from the parking area to the terminal, and many I overheard grumbling and uttering words like ‘impossible’ or ‘WTH are they doing that for’ or worse for Uganda ‘never again’.

Obscure security concerns have been cited for the measures described, but as my narrative also shows, the effectiveness must be doubted and other regional airport do not prevent vehicles from dropping off at the terminal and the air operators committee has repeatedly made efforts to go back to ‘before’ but to no avail.
In fact, some were given flowery explanations ‘not to mess with security’ and leave it to the professionals – yeah right. Not the warm send off we would like our visitors to get when leaving the country after a successful visit on business or for a safari, and not turning them into the ambassadors we would like them to become.
Fodder for thought, seriously now.

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Afriqiyah Airlines: The end of an African Dream


Many Africans gave a lukewarm ,somewhat skeptical response to the fall of Gaddafi  given that the Libyan leader had invested so much on the continent. Muammar Gaddafi was a Pan Africanist, who tried to give form to the surreal aspirations of Africans to build a United States of Africa. On the one hand, it was ridiculous, on the other it was beneficial as the effort put to realize these aspirations were backed by billion dollar investments.


Muammar Gaddafi pumped money into the oil sectors, tourism, telecommunications, mining and transport sectors in the Africa South of Sahara. In true African and Islamic tradition, he shared his prosperity and good fortune with the poorer brothers down South. He cultivated allies across the continent, from tribal African chieftains to the business elite and political elite.

Airbus A320
Afriqiyah Airlines: The "Brother Airline" for Africa


Many Africans were used to the symbols of the Libya's old power and influence on the continent like Laico Hotels, Oil Libya all subsidiaries of the Libyan Arab African Investment Company(LAAICO), an investment vehicle through which Muammar Gaddafi hoped to build, unite and dominate Africa. LAAICO's investments were spread across 25 African countries. Muammar Gaddafi wanted a sort of unified African "co-prosperity sphere", under his watchful and stern revolutionary eye and with Libyan stewardship. He envisioned a future of Libya as "Africa's big brother", protecting the continent from the West that's eager to dominate and exploit.

Gaddafi feared Western domination and saw African Unity as a vehicle to forestall Western domination in the future given that Libya was just next door to Europe. It was Gaddafi's worst nightmare, but his worst nightmares came true when the TNC stormed the Libyan capital with help of the West. For Gaddafi and many Africans still haunted by the horrors of past domination, the unthinkable has happened.

Sirte Declaration
Perhaps hidden from Gaddafi's grand African scheme was a low cost airline, Afriqiyah Airways, with the logo 9.9.99 .  9.9.99 is the date of the Sirte Declaration, a declaration adopted by the Organisation of African Unity on 9 September 1999, at the fourth Extraordinary Session of the OAU Assembly of African Heads of State and Government held at Sirte, Libya that led to the formation of the African Union. It's quite ironic that Sirte, Gaddafi's last stronghold and the place of birth of the African Union is now on the verge of a precipice, the collapse of Sirte(as it inevitably will) will symbolizes the severence of Libya's last link to Africa. Henceforth, Libya will look North, to Europe and Africa will have a lost its "brother nation".

Afriqiyah was to be the "Airline for Africa" with its hub in Tripoli, serving every African city and connecting Africa to the world via Tripoli. By the time of the "revolution", Afriqiyah was serving 17 routes across North and Central Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia with a fleet of 12 aircraft. A merger was planned with Libyan Airlines to create a stronger carrier but the Afriqiyah brand was to be retained for long haul routes carrying Africa's flag.

It will be interesting watching the growth of Libyan Airlines from now onwards. The rebels that now rule Libya have already indicated that they will move ahead with the merger of Afriqiyah with Libyan Airlines and also do away with the 9.9.99 logo. But this looks like revolutionary talk. Once the war is over, more sober minds will be expected to steer the country in the right direction. For many in Africa, and with the recent killings of Africans in Libya, it's the final break with a country and an airline that once promised the continent a rare commitment to Pan-African solidarity.


The death of Afriqiyah

European Union Lifts Sanctions on Libyan Airlines

The regime of Muammar Gaddafi has been shot in the heart and is never coming back but one thing that has got shot in the arm after 8 months of civil war is Libyan Aviation. With many Western suitors intent on grabbing the spoils from the Libyan civil war, the European Union has lifted the sanctions that were imposed on Libyan Airlines in March.

This will clear the way for the airline to begin repairing or renewing its fleet as the country rebuilds after the Libyan uprising. The sanctions also targeted Libya's low cost carrier Afriqiyah Airlines because the airline was owned by a subsidiary of the Libyan African Investment Portfolio, "an entity entirely owned and controlled by the Gaddafi regime" It will be interesting to watch the focus of Libyan Airlines' route development and expansion strategies  from now onwards given the cool relations between the TNC and several African countries in post-Gaddafi Libya.

Precision Air IPO will be Open to Kenyan Investors

Kenyan Investors will be allowed to buy shares in the Precision Air IPO, after all, in spite of earlier statement by Kenya Airways CEO Dr Titus Naikini, reports Business Daily Africa

Precision Air will sell 65% of its 55 million unauthorized shares. The airline is owned by Tanzianian businessman Michael Shirima(51%) and Kenya Airways(40%)

LastSecond.co.za : South African Travel Deals at the Last Second

You are probably more used to LastMinute.com for all your travel and holiday deals but a South African Entrepreneur is planning to launch lastsecond.co.za , "a website specifically designed to provide South Africans with the latest and best travel deals from all the top local travel companies."

 The website, which will be launching soon, will offer last second deals on flights, hotels, holidays, cruises, car hire,and activities. It has borrowed heavily from lastminute;.com including a nice pink theme although it's still largely under development.

According to the website lastminute.co.za is "a central place for you to see what’s on offer in the entire local travel industry saving you the time of visiting hundreds of different websites." They don't list anything that isn't a deal.

I will be watching this new entrant in the South African online travel industry very closely; recently, Kulula launched an Online Deal buying model with Daddy's Deals, a company in which Kulula owns 40% stake. There are over 30 deal-buying websites in South Africa.

Eritrean Airlines Looking for General Sales Agents

Just received this. THe deadline for this application is 23rd September,2011.

Eritrean Airlines, the National Flag Carrier of the State of Eritrea is planning to start its scheduled
operations soon, and is looking for a General Sales Agent to represent its Passenger and Cargo
operations in Kenya.

Applications are invited from Travel and Cargo Agents (IATA/Non-IATA) who meet the following
requirements:
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the travel industry and airline cargo business, handling
international Travel and Cargo in Kenya.
• Having qualified staff with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in ticketing, reservations, sales,
marketing and airline cargo business.
• Ability to provide centrally located office space and infrastructure to accommodate the Airline
Passenger office and cargo office in Kenya.
• Ability to provide a bank guarantee in accordance with the Airline’s requirements.
• Experience in representing an international airline as its Passenger and Cargo GSA in Kenya.

All applications should be in English.
Interested parties could apply to represent the Airline either for both Passenger and Cargo business or
separately.

If the application is for either Passenger or Cargo business only, the eligibility criteria above shall relate
only to Passenger or Cargo as the case may be.

IATA Agents if selected should be willing to establish a wholly owned subsidiary to represent Eritrean
Airlines in Kenya.

Please send an e-mail to dc@eritreanairlines.com.er or ceo@eritreanairlines.com.er expressing interest
and requesting an application form along with aforesaid details within a week of the appearance of this
advertisement.

Please note that completed applications should reach the address below on or before 30 days, with a
copy by e-mail.
Apply to:
Director Commercial
Eritrean Airlines S. C.
Head Office,
242
2nd Floor, S.A. Building,
Warsai Street 189