Travel News 5 September 2017

SAA to reduce Eastern Cape flights

South African Airways (SAA) will reduce its Eastern Cape flights in the hope of regaining financial stability, with Mango to step in.

Mango General Manager Commercial, Pumla Luhabe, said: “Mango is a subsidiary of SAA and has been approached to step in and fill the gap when SAA curtails capacity.”

Luhabe said Mango was ready to step in when the time came, however the implementation date had not yet been confirmed.

Tourism Update contacted SAA Head of Media Relations, Tlali Tlali, however he did not comment on the situation but referred to SAA’s press release last week, August 31.

Edinburgh Airport to get R1,4bn upgrade

The terminal building at Edinburgh Airport is to get an £80 million (R1,4bn) upgrade, due to be completed by summer 2018.

Work has already started on the three-storey extension, which will stretch from the existing Gate 12 area and will cover the old East end service yard to Gogarburn.

The expansion is part of the airport’s £220m (R3,73bn) capital investment programme to support growth and maintain operational standards over the next five years.

The South East Pier will be extended to create new boarding gates and seating areas between Gates 13 and 14.

The upgrades and extensions are designed to support forecasted growth of up to 16,5million passengers in 2021 and beyond, and will provide:

  • Extended immigration, customs and international baggage reclaim facilities
    • A new home for the domestic baggage reclaim hall, enabling the expansion of the baggage hall into the current domestic baggage reclaim area 
    • New retail opportunities
    • Six new gates, gate seating areas and connectivity via a series of fixed links, stair nodes and air bridges to the new stands.

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