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Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Functional Again

Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is fully functional again after a fire ravaged part of the airport last week, causing severe damage to an arrivals terminal and resulting in all inbound and outbound flights being cancelled. This caused severe disruptions to the travel plans of thousands of travellers, who had to wait for a number of days for the situation to stabilise before being able to fly through the airport.

Flights from Nairobi to Johannesburg have since resumed operating, as have domestic flights on Kenyan low cost airline Fly540 and flights on a number of domestic and international carriers.

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated, and fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities. Smoke could be seen billowing from above the building from a distance away.

There was a severe shortage of fire engines to respond to the emergency situation, bringing the lack of capacity of Kenya’s emergency response teams into the spotlight of the international media.

The airport is the largest hub in East Africa, and the incident affected flights throughout the region.

 

Packages from SA to the Brazil 2014 World Cup

Packages from South Africa to Brazil 2014 World CupA number of travel operators and tour companies in South Africa are putting together tailor-made travel packages from SA to the Brazil 2014 World Cup. The event is taking place from 12 June 2014 until 13 July 2014, and is less than a year away.

However, one thing that travel operators are unable to offer with tours, is tickets to the actual world cup soccer matches, as these are only available to fans directly from FIFA through an application process.

The sale of tickets will commence on 20 August 2013, and there will be an element of luck with regard to which tickets will be allocated to different persons, and most people will not get all of their desired tickets given that only around 3.3 million tickets will be sold for the competition, and demand for the tickets will be high.

This is likely to make it difficult for travel companies to effectively plan and sell such packages, given that different fans will have different itinerary needs, and will only know close to the World Cup date, once the ticketing allocation is compplete, where they need to go.

It will therefore be necessary for most fans to make their own travel arrangements which are customised around their ticket allocations, and to make numerous bookings for domestic travel within Brazil in order to ensure that their trip is logistically in order.

There are twelve host cities in Brazil that will play host to World Cup matches. As a result, fans who are allocated tickets for various matches, will need to make transport arrangements within Brazil to get to the various host cities. Brazil is a huge country, and a domestic flight within Brazil can easily take up to 6 hours.

It is advisable for travellers to make their travel arrangements early, as demand will fuel extremely high prices, and there will be increased demand as the event grows closer.

Brazil World Cup 2014 Tickets will be the Cheapest

Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s press secretary, has announced that the Brazil World Cup 2014 tickets will be the cheapest ever, compared to the ticket prices of other World Cup events. Ticket prices are to be priced at around 70% cheaper, in comparison with previous competitions including the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

This announcement appears to be aimed at ensuring that the competition is not marred or disrupted by violent protests as the recent Confederations Cup was. The Confederations Cup appears to have triggered widespread protests in the country, with people complaining about how much money was being spent on soccer competitions while millions live in poverty, with crumbling infrastructure and poor living conditions, in the South American nation.

Ticket prices will officially be announced on 19 July 2013, and millions of travellers worldwide will start making their travel plans and bookings soon thereafter, to ensure that they secure a spot in the audience of the world’s largest sporting event.

The competition in Brazil is set to attract even bigger numbers of tourists than the South African event, particularly in light of Brazil’s relatively close proximity to the United states, and the fact that Brazil is renowned as one of the world’s top soccer teams, having won the soccer world cup numerous times in previous years.

The featuring of the competition in the country will give Brazil a home-ground advantage, and they will definitely be among the favourites for the win, along with other famous soccer-playing nations such as Spain, Italy and Germany.

The stadiums for the various matches are scattered around various parts of the massive and varied South American country’s area, and fans who go to the matches in various areas will simultaneously get a taste of what the country has to offer, from pristine beaches and cosmopolitan cities, to lush rain forests and tropical climates.