Tuesday 18th November 2014 - Posted by Chris von Ulmenstein
* The reports that Emirates flights between Johannesburg and Dubai will be ‘grounded‘ are untrue, says the Department of Transport. The Department had demanded that an UAE official meet with the Department by yesterday, it was reported. The DA has threatened to call for the resignation for the Minister of Transport should the Emirates flights to our country be cancelled as a protection measure for SAA. The Department said that it is meeting with officials regarding the introduction of the 4th daily flight. The Department spokesperson said: ‘There is no need for travel agents or passengers to panic. We have no intention to disrupt the service’.
* Fuel surcharges and ticket prices are not likely to decrease in our country greatly, despite the big drop in the oil price to below $80 a barrel, and the first decline in jet fuel prices since 2008. It appears that the exchange rate is partly to blame; it is a way for airlines to avoid paying higher commissions on bookings made by agents; and it is influenced by airlines’ fuel hedging strategy.
* Cape Town is likely to lose tourism income of around R 100 million as a result of the Loeries Awards moving to Durban next (more…)Tweet