SA moves back to Level 1: What do travel agents need to know?

South Africa has officially moved back to COVID-19 lockdown Level 1. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address to the nation on 28 February.  Here is a round-up of what travel agents need to know about the move to Level 1 and accompanying regulations:    UIF TERS The President mentioned that the UIF’s special COVID-19 wage support would be extended until 15 March 2021 for those sectors of the […]

From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

IATA has announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020). African airlines’ traffic dropped 66.1% in January, which was a modest improvement compared to a 68.8% decline recorded in December versus a year ago. January capacity contracted 54.2% versus January […]

Emirates introduces new economy seating option

Emirates’ Economy Class customers can now enjoy more personal space and privacy onboard with the ability to purchase up to three empty adjoining seats on their flight. These seats will be offered to all Economy Class customers holding a confirmed booking. Customers will not be able to pre-book empty seats, as these are subject to […]

Taxpayers, SAA wants more money

South Africans were shocked to hear from Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, in his 2021 Budget Review last week, that SAA’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) were asking for an additional R3,5bn in funding. “In the 2020 Budget Review, R16,4bn was set aside for SAA over the MTEF (Medium Term Expenditure Framework) period to settle legacy state-guaranteed […]

TERS extension – 16 Oct 2020 – 15 March 2021 & Reduced work time benefit for temporary layoff and bulk termination submissions

Further to the information ASATA shared with you earlier this week regarding the TERS extension, we have received additional updates to the documents. Please find below a summary of the information with links to the updated documents.   Only certain sectors and certain categories of employees will be able to claim TERS benefits for the above period. There will […]