Entries by Natalia Rosa

ASATA Responds to United Europe Closure

JOHANNESBURG, 21 JUNE 2019 – The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) is aware of the immediate closure of United Europe PTY Ltd. The Johannesburg-based tour operator, which is not a member of ASATA, ceased trading on 21 June 2019, according to Managing Director Mark Buck. Otto de Vries, CEO ASATA, says efforts are […]

ECTAA files antitrust complaint against IATA

On Friday 24 May 2019, the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association filed a complaint against the airline trade association IATA with the European competition authority for breach of articles 101 and 102 of the EU Treaty. This follows years of failed negotiations with IATA to modernize the distribution programme and make it more […]

Family travel to SA made easier

IATA has updated the Timatic as of 29 April with regard to the requirements for children travelling to South Africa. According to the updated text, IATA is advising that members’ check-in staff to no longer have to request birth certificates from minors who have visas, or who are exempted from visas, if travelling with their […]

Passenger demand moderates in February

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February 2019 showing total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 5.3%, compared to February 2018. This was the slowest rate of growth in more than a year but still in line with long-term demand trends. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by […]

DHA system upgrade affecting passports and Smart ID card services

The Live Capture system upgrade at Home Affairs took place over the weekend of 29-31 March 2019. However, front offices are currently experiencing some errors which technical teams are working on. Some offices are still unable to process Smart ID card and Passport applications due to technical errors. All other services are available at front […]

Take note: Australian visa applications

The Australian High Commission has advised that it has recently received an unusually high volume of applications. At present, the commission is doing its best to assess them, however, in order to assist the commission in finalising applications as quickly as possible, agents should take note of the following: What can agents do when lodging […]

SAA restricts duty-free LAGS

South African Airways has announced additional restrictions for passengers transiting on the way to the United States of America. The restrictions relate to carriage of Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGS) purchased in duty-free areas of the airports by passengers in transit on flights originating from Johannesburg, Accra and Dakar. “In terms of the United States’ […]

ASATA Innovation Summit leads conversation on industry hot topics

Innovation is not just about fixing problems, but it’s also about exploring the ideas that drive the conversations and debate that lead to the best solutions an industry needs to thrive. This was the sentiment expressed by the travel industry leaders who attended ASATA’s inaugural Innovation Summit on the 14 March 2019 at the Forum […]

SA travel consultants can now apply for second official SAQA-approved designation through ASATA

South African travel consultants can now apply for the designation of Travel Advisor (TAdvsr) through the ASATA Professional Programme (APP). This is the second professional designation that ASATA can award through its APP programme. The first one is the Travel Practitioner (TPrac) designation. The APP involves a dual process and is open to any travel […]

First refurbished SWISS A340 returns to revenue service

The first SWISS Airbus A340 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins recently took off from Zurich on its first revenue flight. Aircraft HB-JMH departed at 13:26 on flight LX 160 to Tokyo. HB-JMH is the first of SWISS’s five Airbus A340s to be given this nose-to-tail cabin refurbishment. The aircraft are […]