International Travel Warnings Week 21 Year 2018

International Travel Warnings Week 21 Year 2018

Strikes and weather disruptions are the main scourges of travel and this week is no exception. Here is the latest round up of global Travel warnings to be aware of:

Brazil: Some 40 flights canceled at Brasilia Airport as fuel stations begin to be refueled
26 May 2018: Fuel stations began to be refueled, but Brasília Airport continues to cancel flights and public transportation decided to run on Saturday with the fleet on Sunday. In addition, essential public services are affected. By 9am some 9 flights to Brasilia and 31 scheduled to leave the capital had been canceled. Only aircraft with enough fuel to take off are allowed to land in the Federal District. Terminal administration and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) recommend that passengers with purchased tickets monitor flights closely.

China: Severe weather disrupts hundreds of flights at Shanghai airports; operations in Nanjing affected
25 May 2018- More than 400 flights have been canceled and nearly 100 others delayed at Shanghai’s two airports on Friday after thunder and heavy rain hit the coastal city, South China Morning Post reported. The Chinese air traffic controller issued an orange alert warning of serious cancellations and delays at Pudong and Hongqiao airports, estimating that take-off and landing capacities would be reduced by 60%. Pudong International Airport had cancelled 128 departing flights and 103 inbound flights by 4pm, while a further 76 flights were delayed, Shanghai Airport Authority announced on its Weibo account. At the smaller Hongqiao International Airport, which is mainly used for domestic flights, 90 departing flights and 92 inbound ones were cancelled, with 10 others delayed, the authority said. The impact of the weather at the 2 airports was expected to continue until 10pm, according to Air Traffic Information. The airport in the nearby city of Nanjing was also affected by the thunder and rain, losing around 30% of its capacity.

France: Expect disruption, reconfirm flights during strike by air traffic controllers until 28 May
Members travelling via Marseille Provence Airport (MRS, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region) until 28 May should reconfirm flights due to a strike by air traffic controllers. A related strike on 22 May resulted in several airlines cancelling their flights. It seemns to be strike season in France, so travellers should always be vigilant.

Oman: Salalah International Airport expected to reopen in two days following Cyclone Mekunu
The Salalah International Airport in Oman is expected to reopen in 2 days after Cyclone Menuku had forced it to shut in recent days, Public Authority of Civil Aviation announced on Sunday. No official statement has been released regarding the re-opening of Salalah port. Cyclone Mekunu hit southern Yemen and the coast of neighboring Oman over the weekend, leaving several dead and others missing. During a meeting at Oman’s meteorology office, officials said the country will no longer be facing the direct effects of Menuku as it has headed northwest.

Sri Lanka: Anticipate intermittent flood-related disruption during rainy season until October; maintain flexible itineraries (Revised)
Members should anticipate intermittent flood-related disruption during the ongoing south-west monsoon season until October. Heavy rain since mid-May has killed 15 people and displaced more than 50,000 across the country; Badulla (Uva province), Gampaha, Kalutara (both Western province), Kegalle and Ratnapura (both Sabaragamuwa province) are among the most badly affected areas. Localised flooding and associated disruption has also been reported in the commercial capital Colombo (Western). However, the city's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is operating as normal, and access routes to and from the facility are clear.

UK: Flights severely disrupted at London Stansted Airport after lightning strike damages aircraft refueling system
Passengers are reporting massive problems with flights at Stansted Airport after a lightning strike knocked out the aircraft refuelling system.It is currently unclear how long the problems will last for, with engineers currently fighting to get the airport fully operational at the moment.Flights are subject to diversion, delay or cancellation.

United States: Expect heavy rainfall, travel disruption during passage of Subtropical Storm Alberto
Travellers in Florida state, including the Florida Keys, and eastern parts of the Gulf Coast in the coming days should anticipate heavy rainfall and disruption during the passage of Subtropical Storm Alberto. As of 08.00 (local time) on 26 May, Alberto was located east of the Yucatan Peninsula, and was moving northwards towards the Gulf of Mexico with wind speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (65kph). The storm is forecast to continue moving northwards parallel to Florida's coastline, before turning north-westwards on 27 May and making landfall near Mobile (Alabama state) by late on 28 May.