This is the most frequently stolen item at OR Tambo

02 May 2019

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CAPE TALK - It may surprise travellers to know that measured by the number of bags per thousand tampered with, OR Tambo International Airport comes in below the global average. Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler spoke to airport general manager Bongiwe Pityi-Vokwana, who said there can be a misconception about the number of incidents over holiday periods like Christmas and Easter because this is when people tend to post their experiences on social media. Knowler said expensive perfume came out tops on the list of items coveted by thieves.

"If you're into high-end perfumes, whatever you do, don't pack them into your check-in luggage when you fly."

Air Zimbabwe ‘fire’ incident

DAILY SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICAN TOURISM UPDATE - An Air Zimbabwe aircraft that allegedly caught fire on the evening of April 28, was said to have experienced an engine surge as a result of a foreign object being ingested by the left engine shortly after take-off. This was discovered following the completion of investigations into incident that affected the Boeing 767-200ER (ZWPF),  flight UM462 from Johannesburg to Harare on April 28, which resulted in brief sparks being seen on the tail pipe, which were extinguished shortly thereafter. The left engine has since been replaced after the mandatory  test flights and checks were successfully carried out. The aircraft is scheduled to be back in service on the evening  of April 30, and normal operations are expected to resume shortly thereafter. Air Zimbabwe stresses that the pilot took all necessary precautions during the incident.             


Air Tanzania to fly to Johannesburg

DAILY SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICAN TOURISM UPDATE - Air Tanzania is to launch new direct flights to Johannesburg and Mumbai from Dar es Salaam. The airline's Head of Public Relations, Josephat Kagirwa, says, from June 28, Air Tanzania will operate flights to Johannesburg four times a week. The airline will start flying to Mumbai three times a week from July 11. The Boeing B787 Dreamliner, configured with 22 seats in business class and 240 in economy class, will service both routes. Two months ago, as part of its growth and restructuring plan, Air Tanzania inaugurated Dar es Salaam-Lusaka and Harare flights.


British Airways Reduces Jo'Burg - London Frequency

DAILY SOUTHERN & EAST AFRICAN TOURISM UPDATE - BRITISH Airways will cut flights BA51 and BA50 from its Johannesburg-London route, effective from June. The flights have been cancelled for both the upcoming summer and winter seasons, says the airline. These four-times-weekly flights have been conducted on a B787/900 Dreamliner and the axing means a reduction of 32 First, 168 Club, 156 World Traveller Plus and 508 World Traveller seats per week.






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