Perpetual Traveller Global Travel Warnings - Updated for WEEK 15, 20195


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---------- WEEK 15, 2019 ----------



Asia & the Pacific
New Year celebrations likely to cause disruption to travel, commercial activities on 13-16 April

Members in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar on 13-16 April should anticipate disruption to travel and commercial activity during New Year celebrations. Large gatherings are likely in major cities, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (both Cambodia), Vientiane, Luang Prabang (both Laos), Yangon and Mandalay (both Myanmar). Members should book transport and accommodation well in advance to minimise inconvenience.

Australia
A government mandated curfew operating at Sydney Airport between 11pm and 6am

For security reasons, the terminal is closed to the public overnight. During the curfew, a seated area near the train station at the international terminal may only be accessed by those who have a valid ticket for a flight the following morning.

Colombia
Runway repairs to close Pereira (PEI) airport several times from 30th April

Aeromate.gov.co reported that runway repairs will completely halt operations at Pereira Matecana International Airport on the following days: 30 April, 9 p.m. - 2 May, 4:59 a.m. / 1 June, 11 a.m. - 3 June, 10:59 a.m. / 29 June, 11 a.m. - 1 July, 10:59 a.m. / 3 September, 9 p.m. - 5 September, 4:59 a.m. Civil aviation authorities have also allowed partial closures of less duration: 3 May - 1 June / 4 - 29 June / 2 July - 2 September / 6 - 15 September. During those periods the airport will be closed from 10:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. All times mentioned above are local. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information regarding the status of their flights.

Colombia
Australia updates its advisory, warns against travel to Venezuela and Ecuador borders, reports other security risks

Exercise a high degree of caution overall in Colombia because of the threat of terrorism and criminal activity. Reconsider your need to travel to the departments (provinces) of Antioquia, Arauca, Caqueta, Cauca, Choco, Guainia, Guaviare, Meta, Narino, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Valle de Cauca and Vichada due to the high threat of terrorist attack and criminal activity. Risks are somewhat lower in some towns, cities and tourists sites within these departments. Do not to travel to areas within 20 kilometres of the Venezuelan or Ecuadorian border (except the Pan American highway), or to the port cities of Buenaventura and Tumaco, due to the high threat of terrorist attack and high levels of violent crime. Avoid all demonstrations, protests, political rallies and large public gatherings they could turn violent with little or no warning. Protests in the departments of Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Huila and Caqueta are affecting the Pan-American Highway, which connects Colombia with Ecuador. Limit road travel in this area. Consider flying between Colombia and Ecuador to avoid violence and delays. Follow the advice of local authorities and remain vigilant at all times. Minimise road travel through rural areas. Avoid trouble spots by flying where possible. If you plan to visit the CaƱo Cristales river, fly to the gateway township of La Macarena. Don't hail taxis on the street due to the risk of robbery. Use only licensed taxis booked through a dispatch service or your hotel. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.

Germany
Cabin crew at Lufthansa threatens summer strikes; actions also possible before summer

The Independent Flight Attendant Organization (UFO) union has threatened Lufthansa with strikes during the summer. If the "attitude of total denial of Lufthansa" until June 30 has not "significantly improved," it has everything in a "massive attack of the cabin crew," said UFO CEO Nicoley Baublies. As a result, it could also give warning strikes before.

Haiti
Avoid protest near airport, national palace on 14 April; plan alternative routes

Essential travel in Haiti on 14 April should plan journeys avoiding an anti-government march in the capital Port-au-Prince. The march, organised by local religious leaders, will begin on Boulevard Toussaint Louverture near the international airport and culminate in front of the National Palace. A start time has not yet been announced.

Italy
Reconfirm flights during strikes by airport employees on 13 April

People due to travel via Milan's Linate (LIN) and Malpensa (MXP) international airports in Lombardy region, Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN, Veneto region), and Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA, Sicily region) on 13 April should anticipate disruption due to strikes by baggage handlers. The strike at airports serving Milan and Verona will last 24 hours while workers at the airport in Catania will observe an eight-hour industrial action.

Mozambique
Continue to defer non-essential travel to areas affected by former tropical cyclone Idai

Continue to defer non-essential travel to Manica, Zambezia and Sofala provinces, and several districts in Niassa, Gaza, Inhambane and Tete provinces, until further notice. This follows the damage and flooding caused by former tropical cyclone Idai. Heavy rainfall has hampered relief and repair efforts. However, our sources on the ground have confirmed that the N6 – the main overland route from the capital Maputo to the worst-affected city of Beira (Sofala) – partially reopened on 24 March after a brief closure. Members should anticipate heightened security around key institutions such as government buildings and shops, as the authorities seek to deter criminality and looting.

Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport will remain shut for 10 hours per day from 1 April

TIA Airport, Nepal’s sole international airport, embarks on the biggest maintenance work of the runway since its construction in 1975. The construction work on the tarmac of TIA will continue from 10pm to 8am everyday for 45 days. TIA sees around 400 flights, including 100 international flights, per day. Cathay Dragon, China Southern, Malaysia Airlines, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways airlines have already been given different time slots to conduct their flights, TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri said.

Pakistan
Partial airspace restrictions remain

Partial airspace restrictions affecting overflying (transit) flights will remain in effect until at least 15.00 (local time) on 24 April. These partial airspace restrictions are expected to mainly impact flights between Pakistan and India, amid increased tensions. Airspace restrictions have been extended on a daily basis and further extensions are possible in the coming days. Expect disruption and reconfirm schedules until flight operations over Pakistan fully normalise.

Samoa
Anticipate disruption and reconfirm schedules for Samoa Airways flights

The airline has cancelled several flights due to a shortage of aircraft caused by an unsuccessful lease extension attempt, as well as the global grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft. The carrier is currently making arrangements to lease replacement aircraft to operate flights between the capital Apia, Auckland (New Zealand), Sydney and Brisbane (both Australia).

Spain
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm itineraries during multi-sector strikes on 12-24 April

A series of nationwide strikes by aviation and railway staff. The workers have made various demands, including contractual improvements, compliance to collective agreements and better working conditions. Reconfirm schedules and maintain flexible itineraries.

Spain
Some ground staff at Bilbao Loiu Airport threaten indefinite strike from 17 April

From media reports: El Mundo reported that ground staff in charge of passenger gangways at Bilbao Loiu Airport have threatened an indefinite strike from Wednesday, 17 April, coinciding with the beginning of Easter holidays and one of the busiest travel periods. The workers are involved in a dispute regarding pay and conditions. Passengers are advised to check their flight status before travel.

Sri Lanka
Expect disruption to travel, business activity during New Year celebrations on 13-15 April

People should anticipate disruption to travel and business activity, including in the commercial capital Colombo (Western province), during Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Aluth Avurudda) celebrations until 15 April. New Year is celebrated by ethnic-Sinhalese and Tamil populations across the country to mark the end of the harvest season. While New Year’s Day itself is on 14 April, the government has also declared 15 April a public holiday. Members should book transport well in advance, and expect congestion at transport terminals and on key roads during the holiday period.

Sudan
Khartoum International Airport (KRT) temporarily closed on 11 April ahead of expected
announcement from military; continue to stand fast
Armoured vehicles have blocked access to the Presidential Palace in Khartoum. Armed military officers have entered the Radio and Television building in Omdurman (Khartoum state). Spontaneous gatherings are possible.

Thailand
Anticipate disruption to travel and commercial activities during the Thai New Year (known locally as the Songkran water festival) holiday

Large gatherings are likely nationwide, particularly in the capital Bangkok and other major cities. The authorities expect more than 3m people to travel through the country’s main airports over the festival period. Members should re-confirm bookings due to a likely increase in demand for transport and accommodation. Travellers should exercise increased caution during overland journeys as there is usually a spike in traffic accidents during the holiday period.

Turkey
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights at Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) on 12 April-30 May due to runway maintenance work

The airport will be completely closed on 16-17 April and there will be limited operations between 11.30 to 16.30 (local time) on all other days during this period.

Uganda
Exercise caution, maintain flexible itineraries during heavy rainfall, flooding

Flooding in central areas of the city since 9 April caused damage to infrastructure and road closures, including along Jinja Road, have been reported. The local meteorological agency forecasts further rainfall until at least 12 April; this could cause sporadic flash flooding and further landslides. Members should maintain flexible itineraries.

United Kingdom
Workers at Glasgow Airport will strike for 24 hours from 4 a.m. on 16 April

Employees will strike between 4 a.m. on 16 April and 4 a.m. on 17 April. The airport authorities stated that all steps will be taken to prevent disruption of services for travelers. Administrative and security staff are expected to participate in the strike, but it will not impact check-in desks, baggage handling or air traffic control.

United States
Construction delays arrival flights at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport

Due to runway construction there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving John F Kennedy International Airport, New York, NY (JFK). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 4 hours. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airports should contact their airlines to confirm flight status.

United States
Flights suspended at Columbia Regional Airport (COU) until 16 April

The facility's runway is to undergo maintenance work after at least two airlines cancelled flights from the airport over safety concerns. Members planning to fly to or from Columbia in the coming days should make alternative arrangements.

United States
Expect travel disruption, heightened security during Holy Week holiday on 14-21 April

Visiting Latin America around the Semana Santa (Holy Week) holiday period on 14-21 April should plan journeys accounting for significant travel disruption and heightened security. Semana Santa is a religious festival celebrated extensively across the Americas, drawing large numbers of travellers from within and outside the region to key religious sites and popular tourist attractions. Religious processions are traditionally held in major cities and towns, particularly on Easter Sunday (21 April). Members should continue to observe sensible security precautions and allow additional time to complete journeys during the holiday period.



---------- WEEK 13, 2019 ----------


Global
Southwest Airlines delays returning Boeing 737 Max planes to service until after May

Southwest Airlines Co said it was pulling its Boeing Co 737 MAX jets from flight schedules through May, extending its earlier timeline from April 20, according to a company memorandum seen by Reuters. This will impact the lines in May, but, now that the decision has been made, we can construct our schedule without those flights well in advance in hopes to minimize the daily disruptions,” the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association and the company said in the joint memorandum. Boeing’s top-selling 737 MAX jetliner has been grounded in the wake of two deadly crashes involving that model in five months, one in Indonesia last October and another on March 10 in Ethiopia.

Australia
Sydney Airport operations fully restored after smoke detected in the tower

Airservices Australia has announced that Sydney Airport tower is back to full operations. Departures are running smoothly. All restrictions have been lifted.

Argentina
Strikes planned at Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral suspended by government

From media reports: News portal Radio Mitre reported on Thursday afternoon that the Argentine government issued a mandatory conciliation order that suspended the strike called by unions representing workers of Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral airlines for Friday, 29 March, and Monday, 1 April.

Australia
Australia warns its nationals against travel to Gaza, reports other security risks

Exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of terrorist attack, rocket fire and military confrontation. Terrorist attacks could occur at anytime and anywhere in Israel. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Do not travel to the Gaza Strip due to the dangerous and unpredictable security situation. Entering and exiting the area is very difficult and unpredictable. If you enter Gaza you may not be able to leave for weeks or months. The ability of the Australian Government to deliver consular assistance in Gaza is extremely limited. Reconsider your need to travel to areas of Israel within 5kms of the border with the Gaza Strip due to the threat of rocket attack and spill-over from civil unrest along the Gaza-Israel border. Reconsider your need to travel to the West Bank, including Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah, due to the unpredictable security situation. Reconsider your need to travel to all parts of the Golan Heights to the east of Route 98 near Syria, due to the threat of terrorist attack and the activities of militants on the other side of the border.

Colombia
Runway repairs to close Pereira airport several times from 30 April

Aeromate.gov.co reported that runway repairs will completely halt operations at Pereira Matecana International Airport on the following days:
  • from 30 April, 9 p.m., through 2 May, 4:59 a.m.
  • from 1 June, 11 a.m., through 3 June, 10:59 a.m.
  • from 29 June, 11 a.m., through 1 July, 10:59 a.m.
  • from 3 September, 9 p.m. through 5 September, 4:59 a.m.
Civil aviation authorities have also allowed partial closures of less duration from 3 May through 1 June, 4 June through 29 June, 2 July through 2 September, and from 6 September through 15 September. During those periods the airport will be closed from 10:30 p.m. through 5:30 a.m. All times mentioned above are local. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information regarding the status of their flights.

Ecuador
Exercise caution following offshore magnitude 6.2 earthquake west of Guayaquil

Santa Elena province in the coming hours should exercise caution after an offshore magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 02.04 (local time). The tremor originated at a depth of 11 miles (18km) approximately four miles (7km) off the coast of Ayangue(Santa Elena) and 60 miles (100km) west of Guayaquil (Guayas province). No tsunami warning has been issued.

Fiji
Some air traffic controllers return to work at airports; flights on schedule

Fiji Airports have confirmed that a few more air traffic controllers have returned to work. It says that all international and domestic flights remain on schedule. The Arbitration Court convened yesterday afternoon and dismissed Fiji Public Service Association and some controllers’ application to uplift the return to work order and restated its orders of Tuesday for controllers’ to forthwith report to work.

France
Eurostar services at London's St Pancras station resume after trespasser prompts suspension; further disruption possible

Eurostar has resumed services from London's St. Pancras station after delays prompted by a trespasser. The rail service that links Britain to the continent says in a statement Saturday that further disruption is possible. British Transport Police say a 44-year-old man was arrested for trespass and obstruction of the railway.

Germany
Cabin crew at Lufthansa threatens summer strikes; actions also possible before summer

The Independent Flight Attendant Organization (UFO) union has threatened Lufthansa with strikes during the summer. If the "attitude of total denial of Lufthansa" until June 30 has not "significantly improved," it has everything in a "massive attack of the cabin crew," said UFO CEO Nicoley Baublies. As a result, it could also give warning strikes before.

Mexico
Interjet unexpectedly cancels all 17 of its outgoing flights from Mexico City

Without notice, Interjet canceled all 17 of its outgoing flights from Mexico City today, including one that was headed to Merida. Some news reports connected the cancelations to a dispute with crew. The company did not answer reporters’ questions about the unexpected cancellations.

Mozambique
Continue to defer non-essential travel to areas affected by former tropical cyclone Idai

Continue to defer non-essential travel to Manica, Zambezia and Sofala provinces, and several districts in Niassa, Gaza, Inhambane and Tete provinces, until further notice. This follows the damage and flooding caused by former tropical cyclone Idai. Heavy rainfall has hampered relief and repair efforts. However, our sources on the ground have confirmed that the N6 – the main overland route from the capital Maputo to the worst-affected city of Beira (Sofala) – partially reopened on 24 March after a brief closure. Members should anticipate heightened security around key institutions such as government buildings and shops, as the authorities seek to deter criminality and looting.

Nepal
Several international airlines to reschedule flights as Tribhuvan International Airport will remain shut for 10 hours per day from 1 April

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal’s sole international airport, will remain shut for 10 hours per day from Monday, as its management embarks on the biggest maintenance work of the runway since its construction in 1975. The construction work on the tarmac of TIA will continue from 10 pm to 8 am everyday for 45 days. This means Cathay Dragon, China Southern, Malaysia Airlines, Jet Airways and Qatar Airways will have to reschedule their flights, as they currently operate flights between 10 pm and 8 am. These airlines have already been given different time slots to conduct their flights, TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chhetri said. TIA sees around 400 flights, including 100 international flights, per day.

New Caledonia
Air Caledonie flights resume as strike suspended

Lnc.nc reported that a strike at Air Caledonie that has been running since yesterday was suspended today, 29 March, to allow more time for negotiations. A new meeting is planned for next Tuesday, 2 April, after which workers will decide whether to resume the strike or not from Wednesday.

Pakistan
Flights resume at all airports; continue to reconfirm schedules as partial airspace restrictions remain

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) on 27 March reopened international and domestic flights to all airports in the country. However, partial airspace restrictions affecting overflying (transit) flights will remain in effect until at least 10.00 (local time) on 1 April. These partial airspace restrictions are expected to mainly impact flights between Pakistan and India, amid increased tensions. Airspace restrictions have been extended on a daily basis and further extensions are possible in the coming days.

United States
Seven passengers transported to hospital after odor detected on Baltimore-San Francisco flight

Seven passengers have been transported to the hospital after an odor was detected on a plane that was diverted to Dulles Airport. The Boeing 737 plane was diverted from Baltimore-Washington Airport and was enroute to San Francisco International Airport.

Venezuela
American Airlines suspends flights to Venezuela indefinitely as political turmoil, unrest continue

American Airlines is indefinitely suspending flights to Venezuela as political turmoil and unrest continues to grip the country. Airline spokeswoman Martha Pantin said Thursday that the airline will try to resume service when conditions are right but has no timetable for doing so. On March 15, American announced it was suspending its two daily flights from Miami to Caracas and one from Miami to Maracaibo through April 1. The airline acted after its pilots’ union told members not to operate flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns. American was the last U.S. airline flying to Venezuela.


---------- WEEK 12, 2019 ----------


Asia
Jet Airways suspends services on 13 more international routes until end of April

Cash-strapped Jet Airways on Saturday suspended services on 13 more international routes till April end after grounding seven more planes due to non-payment of outstanding dues to lessors. However, the airline remained confident of successfully resolving the current situation in coming days. The routes where services have been temporarily withdrawn include Bengaluru-Singapore, Delhi-Abu Dhabi, Delhi-Dammam, Delhi-Dhaka, Delhi-Hong, Kong, Delhi-Riyadh, Kolkata-Dhaka, Mumbai-Abu Dhabi, Mumbai-Bahrain, Mumbai-Dammam, Mumbai-Hong Kong, Pune-Abu Dhabi and Pune-Singapore. Jet has also reduced services on Delhi-Bangkok route from three to one daily, Delhi-Kathmandu (four to two daily), Delhi-Singapore (three to one daily), Mumbai-Bangkok (three to one daily).
Australia
Plan journeys accounting for residual disruption following passage of Tropical Cyclone Trevor

The Northern Territory Gulf region and far north of Queensland should anticipate residual disruption at least until 25 March following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Trevor. The weather system has now weakened into a Category 1 cyclone (lowest level on a five-tier scale) after making landfall twice - near Lockhart River (far north of Queensland) and Borroloola(Northern Territory) on 19 and 23 March respectively. While Trevor is forecast to further weaken in the coming hours as it continues to move inland, flash flooding in areas along its path is possible due to heavy rains.

Belgium
Further industrial action by air traffic controllers expected to cause disruption; reconfirm flights

Travelling via Belgian airports should expect delays in the coming days because of further strikes by air traffic controllers over working conditions. Flights at Liege Airport (LGG, Wallonia region) will be suspended on 23 March from 19.00 to 22.00 (local times) due to staff shortages. Further industrial action affecting other airports in Belgium is expected from 25 March. Brief, repeated walkouts by controllers have already caused flight delays and cancellations in recent weeks.

Central African Republic
Continue to defer all travel outside Bangui despite deal between government, rebels to form unity government

Travellers should defer all travel to rural areas despite an agreement on 20 March between the government and 14 armed groups to form a new unity government. The African Union (AU)-brokered agreement is an attempt to restore stability after 11 of the 14 groups that signed a peace agreement on 6 February resigned on 18 March from the government and demanded Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada's resignation. Despite the peace agreement, violence in the capital Bangui and rural areas has continued. On 22 March, President Faustin-Archange Touadera announced a cabinet reshuffle amid calls for a more inclusive government. Members should avoid all travel outside Bangui and restrict movement to the city centre.

Kazakhstan
Anticipate disruption on airport road during sporting event on 24 March

A sporting event on 24 March in the capital Astana (being renamed Nursultan) will mean a partial closure of the main road to Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport (TSE) from 19.00 (local time). Traffic will be restricted on Qabanbay Batyr Avenue between Kerey and Zhanibek Khans Street and Uly Dala Avenue (see map) around a football match between Kazakhstan and Russia at the nearby Astana Arena. The authorities are advising motorists to avoid Qabanbay Batyr Avenue during this period. Expect disruption and heightened security in the area.

Malawi
Continue to defer non-essential travel to worst-affected districts after tropical cyclone Idai

Continue to defer non-essential travel to Chikwawa, Machinga, Mangochi, Nsanje and Phalombe districts (all Southern region; see map) until at least 26 March. This follows the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai, which exacerbated recent flooding and significantly damaged transport and electricity infrastructure. Chikwawa and Nsanje districts remain inaccessible by road; the Makhanga area (Nsanje) has been particularly impacted. Rainfall is forecast to continue through 24 March.

Mozambique
Continue to defer non-essential travel to areas affected by former tropical cyclone Idai

Continue to defer non-essential travel to Manica, Zambezia and Sofala provinces, as well as several districts in Niassa, Gaza, Inhambane and Tete provinces (see More detail) until further notice; this follows the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai. Moderate to heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and strong winds are expected in these locations until at least 24 March. Our sources on the ground have reported an increase in criminal incidents and unrest in the affected areas. Aid organisations have also reported armed robberies and break-ins, especially after dark.

Nepal/ United Arab Emirates
NAC reduces its Kathmandu-Dubai flights from 1 April until 30 June because of runway renovation at both airports

The national flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has reduced flight frequency to Dubai from Kathmandu. NAC is making the decision as the runway renovation of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is going to begin from 1st April whereas the Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport (DXB) will also undergo renovation works. As per the information from the corporation, flights to DXB will be conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday whereas flights to KTM from DXB will be operated on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday only.

Pakistan
Islamabad International Airport closes for four hours because of National Day celebrations

Islamabad International Airport (IIA) will remain closed for international and domestic commercial flights for four hours during the Pakistan Day celebrations on Saturday. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had already issued notices regarding closure of the IIA from 8am to 12 noon. Airlines operating to and from Islamabad have informed their passengers about the changes to their flight schedules. Meanwhile, City Traffic Police have chalked out an alternative traffic plan for Saturday.

Serbia
Avoid demonstration on 24 March commemorating NATO military action

Travellers in the capital Belgrade on 24 March should plan itineraries avoiding a demonstration commemorating the 20th anniversary of NATO military action against Serbia. Protesters will gather at the army general staff building at 17.00 (local time) before marching along Bircaninova towards the Russian embassy. The march will conclude in the Temple of Saint Sava Park.

United States
Continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding

People in Midwestern states should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain and flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for counties in several states , while states of emergency remain in effect in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Wisconsin states. Road closures as well as some disruption to rail services have been reported throughout the region.

United States
Expect, avoid further protests in coming days following acquittal of police officer

People in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania state) should expect and avoid the vicinity of protests related to the acquittal on 22 March of a police officer over the shooting death of a black teenager in 2018. Associated protests have occurred in the East Liberty and Shadyside areas as well as at Freedom Corner in the Hill District and outside PPG Paints Arena since 22 March. Protesters have briefly blocked roads on occasions, though most of the rallies have so far been largely peaceful. Shots overnight on 22-23 March were fired by unidentified individuals at the office of the attorney who defended the police officer in the court. Further protests are likely in the coming days.

United States
Flights delayed at New Mexico's Albuquerque International Sunport Airport after power outage

Power has been restored to the Sunport after a nearly six-hour outage, according to airport officials. The Sunport is urging travelers to check with their airlines for flight details. According to Kob 4, multiple down transformers caused the outage, according to the Sunport's official twitter account. Passengers reported delayed flights and long lines in the security area.

Venezuela
Continue to defer all travel as political crisis, related disruption persists

Staff should continue to defer all travel to Venezuela in the coming days, while in-country members should minimise non-essential movement amid an ongoing political crisis. The situation has been exacerbated by sporadic power and telecommunications outages and shortages of food, water and fuel. Juan Guaido, the National Assembly (parliament)-recognised interim president, is likely to call for further demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro in the coming days. In-country travellers should continue to avoid all political gatherings due to the risk of unrest and harsh measures from the security forces and pro-government militias, known as 'colectivos'.

Zimbabwe
Continue to defer non-essential travel to cyclone-affected areas until at least 26 March

Continue to defer non-essential travel to Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutare and Nyanga districts (all Manicaland province, see map below) until at least 26 March following the passage of former tropical cyclone Idai. The authorities have declared a state of disaster in these districts. The official death toll is 259, though the actual number is suspected to be higher. Transport infrastructure, communications networks, electricity and water supplies have been severely damaged or disrupted.


---------- WEEK 11, 2019 ----------


France
All Eurostar trains from Paris to London disrupted due to French Customs agents strike
Eurostar reported through its official Twitter account that due to French Customs agents strike, all train services from Paris to London continue to suffer significant delays and waiting time now exceeds 5 hours. We advise our passengers departing from Paris to travel only if necessary.

Global
Reconfirm flights following global grounding of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft; anticipate travel disruption

People planning air travel in the coming weeks should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights during the global grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft. The measure, announced by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 13 March at the order of President Donald Trump, follows the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane on 10 March. Multiple countries had already temporarily suspended Boeing 737 Max aircraft from their airspace. According to statements by the FAA and US lawmakers, the grounding will last until at least May.

Greece
Hijack threat at Athens airport ruled a hoax
Greek authorities said on Friday that the threat of possible hijackings of airliners flying from London to the Greek capital was a hoax. Earlier, security services were on alert after receiving a phone call warning of possible hijackings of airliners flying from London to the Greek capital. Three flights from London which landed at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport were directed to an isolated section of the airfield. The three planes were evacuated and police officers inspected them with sniffer dogs. The call was made to a shop inside the airport, and security was immediately alerted. Due to tight security measures, flights arriving and departing will experience delays.



India

Contract workers plan to strike at Cochin International Airport
In a move that could affect the smooth functioning of Cochin International Airport (CIAL), over 4,000 contract workers are planning to go on strike seeking an increase in salary, making their employment permanent and upgrading basic facilities at their work stations. They plan to hold a protest meet at the airport on March 19.

Japan
Canada warns its nationals against travel to areas under evacuation orders Department of International Affairs & Foreign Trade
Avoid all travel to the districts and towns designated by the Japanese government as Areas under Evacuation Orders. Following the 2011 incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japanese authorities have placed restrictions, including travel and overnight stay bans, on the plant's surrounding area due to the risk of exposure to radiation. Always follow the instructions of local authorities.

Jordan
Reconfirm status of Dead Sea Highway, other routes following flooding damage
People planning to travel along the Dead Sea Highway (Highway 65) in the coming days should liaise with local contacts to confirm the status of the route before setting out. Traffic along the road was halted in both directions on 16 March at the Zarqa Main Bridge, after the adjacent embankment suffered a collapse in rainy conditions. However, it was unclear how long the restrictions would remain in place. Rainfall often exacerbates poor road conditions in Jordan from December to March, and the authorities have issued a warning to drivers to take extra precautions. The capital Amman has also been affected by the recent rainfall.

Nepal
Reconfirm schedules at Tribhuvan International Airport amid construction from 1 April
Travelling via the capital Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) from 1 April should reconfirm flights schedules due to planned runway renovations. The airport will close daily from 22.00-08.00 (local time) for the estimated 18 months of construction work. Although airlines have revised their flight schedules to fit the new opening hours, travel disruption remains likely.

New Zealand
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights after suspicious package closes Dunedin Airport
Travelling to or from Dunedin Airport (DUD, Otago region) overnight on 17-18 March should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights after the facility was closed upon the discovery of a suspicious package. The police are at the scene and diversions have been set up in the vicinity of the airport.

New Zealand
Regional services resume at Christchurch Airport; passengers asked to arrive earlier because of strengthened security measures
Regional services from Christchurch have resumed this morning and these flights will be subject to passenger and baggage screening following yesterday's shooting tragedy in the city for at least the next 48 hours. The airline made the decision to cancel all regional services departing Christchurch yesterday evening in the wake of the shooting tragedy and additional measures have been put in place overnight for regional flights leaving Christchurch. All jet services in New Zealand are already subject to these screening measures. Air New Zealand asks customers booked to travel out of Christchurch to check the arrivals and departure page on the Air New Zealand website for their flight status and to come to the airport early to allow time for screening processes.



Trinidad and Tobago

Sexual assault of two British nationals on Tobago island underlines need to take precautions
Trinidad and Tobago, particularly female travellers, are reminded to take precautions after a Trinidadian man was charged on 15 March with the sexual assault and robbery of two female British nationals. The attack occurred on 11 March at around 01.30 (local time), after the women hired a so-called ‘gypsy’ taxi to take them to their guest house in Black Rock (Tobago island). Despite Tobago’s LOW risk rating, travellers should exercise caution at all times, especially when travelling outside of daylight hours.

Turkey
Anticipate travel disruption, reconfirm flights during global grounding of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft
People planning air travel to, from or within the Middle East and North Africa region in the coming weeks should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights during the global grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft. The measure, announced by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 13 March at the order of President Donald Trump, follows the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane on 10 March. Multiple countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had already temporarily suspended Boeing 737 Max aircraft from their airspace. According to statements by the FAA and US lawmakers, the grounding will last until at least May.



United Kingdom

Weather expected to disrupt train services across England, Wales and Scotland
There are a number of yellow weather warnings in place across England, Wales and Scotland today. For safety reasons, speed restrictions will be imposed on various routes, causing delays to some services. Disruption and short notice cancellations may apply on other routes throughout the day. Travel advice will be published here as the situation develops.



Venezuela

American Airlines temporarily suspends flights to Caracas, Maracaibo
American Airlines Group Inc on Friday said it has temporarily suspended its operations into Caracas and Maracaibo, after its pilots union urged its workers to deny trips to Venezuela in the wake of a travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department. The department cited civil unrest, poor health and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in Venezuela for issuing the advisory on March 12. A number of airlines have stopped their flights to the South American country because of security concerns and disputes over money they say the Venezuelan government owes them. Our corporate security team has a collaborative partnership with all of our union leaders and we will continue to do so to evaluate the situation in Venezuela," the airline said in a statement, adding that American will not operate to countries it does not consider safe. Do not accept any trips to Venezuela," Allied Pilots Association President Captain Dan Carey, told pilots in a letter seen by Reuters. United Airlines ended its flights to Venezuela in 2017.

Zimbabwe
Cyclone Idai kills at least 24 in southeast, cuts off power and communications
At least 24 people have died in southeastern Zimbabwe as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm, the country's information ministry said on Saturday. Cyclone Idai, which brought floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi, hit Zimbabwe on Friday, cutting off power and communications. Number of deaths is confirmed at 24 mainly from Chimanimani east. The number of missing people is currently 40 (and) the fatalities include 2 students," the ministry said on Twitter. Chimanimani, which borders Mozambique, has been worst affected, with the storm causing floods as well as destroying crops, Zimbabwe's Ministry of Information said. Air force helicopters were rescuing people, but flights were being slowed by heavy winds. Zimbabwe has faced a severe drought this year that has damaged crops and a United Nations humanitarian agency says 5.3 million people will require food aid this year. The country's meteorological services expect rains to continue throughout the weekend.

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