International Travel Warnings Week 24 Year 2018

There may be trouble ahead on the travel front! France and Italy are planning strikes, be aware of monsoons in India, but good news for Indonesians, as the EU lifts the ban on Garuda, but the Garuda Pilots want to strike again!

France: Expect disruption, reconfirm flights during strike by air traffic controllers on 16-18 June
Flying to/from airports in south-east France on 16-18 June requires travelers to reconfirm flights and anticipate disruption due to a strike by air traffic controllers. The industrial action will take place from 07.00 (local time) on 16 June to 07.00 on 18 June. Operations are particularly likely to be affected at Marseille Provence Airport (MRS, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region) and airports on Corsica island. Related strikes in late May and early June resulted in several delays and cancellations.

India: Maintain flexible itineraries, anticipate travel disruption during monsoon season
Intermittent disruption to travel and essential services should be anticipated during the ongoing monsoon season, which will last until September. Locations routinely affected by severe flooding are low-lying areas along rivers and in major cities, including Mumbai (Maharashtra state), Bangalore (Karnataka state) and Kolkata (West Bengal state), where drainage systems are inadequate. The north-eastern states ' including Asom (Assam), Manipur and Tripura ' are also routinely affected by heavy monsoon rain. Travelers should maintain flexible itineraries and consult local contacts to ascertain the feasibility of journeys before setting out.


EU lifts ban on Indonesian airlines
The European Commission removed all Indonesian airlines from the EU Air Safety List, lifting its ban on the airlines from operating within European Union (EU) member states. The ban was lifted after positive assessments of Indonesia’s flight safety by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the EU aviation audit agency. All of Indonesia’s airlines had been on the EU Air Safety List since 2007 due to unaddressed safety concerns.

Garuda pilots threaten strike in second week of July

The Garuda Indonesia Pilots' Association (APG) and the Garuda Indonesia Employees Union (Sekarga) said that more than 10,000 pilots and cabin crew members would strike from the second week of July unless demands for management changes of Garuda Indonesia were addressed. The unions had previously deferred a planned strike from 14 to 15 June during the Eid holiday period.

Italy: Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights due to strike by staff at Florence and Pisa airports

Travellers due to fly via Florence (FLR) and Pisa (PSA) airports (both in the Tuscany region) on 18 June should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to a planned 24-hour strike by airport staff.