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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Oct 11, 2010

Air Botswana Air BotswanaOs direct service between Johannesburg, South Africa, and Maun, Botswana, will cease as of October 1, 2010. From October 1 on, the route will include a 20-minute tech stop in Gaborone. The change is the result of Botswana/Republic of South Africa BASA/RSA re-negotiations held in Pretoria July 2, 2010. The re-negotiation will continue, although according to the Botswana Ministry of Transport & Communication, a date for the resumption has not been set. Meanwhile, a new plan of action has been established regarding the Johannesburg/Maun route. Customs clearing and immigration will be conducted in Maun, and fares will not change. Those holding tickets for the direct route should contact Air Botswana offices for assistance with ticket reissuance. For un-ticketed bookings, agents are requested to ticket as per the current fare levels and applicable taxes based on the direct flight JNB-MUB-JNB until further notice. Oct 5, 2010

ATR ATR announced it will open a training center in Johannesburg, South Africa, in partnership with Comair, slated to be operational by April 2011. It will be the turboprop manufacturer's first training center in Africa. The center will be equipped with a full flights simulator and will offer training for ATR 42-300, ATR 42-500, ATR 72-200 and ATR 72-500 aircraft. Oct 6, 2010

Continental Airlines, TAP Portugal Continental Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc., and TAP Portugal, both members of Star Alliance, announced they will begin codeshare flights to a wide range of destinations in the United States, Central America, Europe and Africa. Continental now places its "CO" code on seven to 10 weekly flights TAP operates between Continental's hub at New York/Newark Liberty International Airport and Portugal, and on selected TAP-operated flights between Lisbon and the Portuguese destinations of Faro, Madeira and Oporto, as well as the African destinations of Praia, Sal and Sao Tome and cities in Spain, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Continental will also place its code on TAP-operated flights to Morocco, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique, subject to government approval. At the same time, TAP will place its "TP" code on selected Continental-operated flights between New York/Newark Liberty and 20 destinations in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as on Continental's daily trans-Atlantic flights...

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