Airline industry news snippets – 30 April 2014

April 30, 2014

Welcome to the latest installment of FlightSite’s aviation industry news snippets. Without further ado:

British Airways to increase its Cape Town to London flights

As of May 2014, British Airways will be increasing its flight frequency along the Cape Town to London route to 10 flights per week to cater for business demand, in particular. SAA’s decision to halt their direct flights to London caused much controversy. The increase in BA’s flight capacity will give up to 3,500 more air travellers per week the ability to fly directly from London to Cape Town.

Promotion: Fly Etihad Airways or SAA until 30 June 2014 to earn double points

To complement the codesharing partnership between SAA and Etihad Airways, loyalty programme members of Etihad Guest and Voyager can double their airmiles by flying with a partner airline before 30 June 2014.

Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines enter strategic alliance

With a view to increase both airlines’ profitability and enhance operational efficiencies, Air Namibia and Turkish Airlines recently entered a strategic partnership agreement. The agreement gives Air Namibia the ability to increase revenue from inbound tourism, while it also enables Turkish Airlines to grow their flights business in Africa. For the full story, click here.

SAA to amend flight schedule to Beijing

South African Airways is adjusting their flights schedule to Beijing with a view to give customers a more comfortable flight experience. As of 1 May 2014, their three scheduled non-stop flights from Johannesburg to Beijing will depart four hours earlier. The first flight on this improved schedule is set to depart on 20:35 on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, and is expected to arrive just after 5pm tomorrow.

Until next time, safe travels!

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