ASATA welcomes reopening of international travel for South African travellers

The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) welcomes the announcement today by Government that South Africans can travel internationally to all countries, under certain travel conditions. “We see some logistical challenges, such as travel insurance and visa requirements, but are very encouraged to hear that the South African Government has given the green light […]

SAA suspends all operations: What about vouchers?

The business rescue practitioners for SAA have suspended all the airline’s operations as of yesterday, 29 September. This comes after failed efforts by the Treasury and the Department of Public Enterprises to raise sufficient loan funding from commercial banks to restart operations. Commenting on the notice issued by the BRPs, ASATA CEO, Otto de Vries […]

SA open for business soon – Early Breakfast with Africa Melane

International airlines are announcing the resumption of flights to some South African cities once the country’s borders reopen for International guests. ASATA CEO, Otto de Vries, speaks to Africa Melane on Cape Talk’s Early Breakfast about the return of the travel agent industry. Listen to the podcast here.

Airline refunds – TMCs carry the can – TNW

TMCs have found themselves bearing the brunt of corporate travel clients’ frustrations over airline decisions to withhold refunds. Asata confirms that there have been widespread issues of corporate clients refusing to fully settle TMC accounts for the last few months, due to outstanding airline refund issues. “Several TMCs have brought to our attention that corporates […]

Singapore Airlines to resume Johannesburg service

Singapore Airlines has confirmed that it will be restarting passenger flights between Singapore and Johannesburg from 14th October 2020. Singapore Airlines will restart services with a weekly flight between Singapore and Johannesburg. As travel demand picks up, these services will be progressively increased and extended to Cape Town. The first flight will take off from […]