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Global
International SOS Advice Organisations to Prepare for Hurricane Season 2019
As hurricane season begins, International SOS, the world’s leading medical and security risk services company, advises organisations and their travellers to prepare for extreme weather conditions, as the Atlantic is predicted to see similar storm patterns of previous years. Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30, 2019. On average, we typically see about 12 named storms per hurricane season with six of those becoming hurricanes. Of these six hurricanes, we can expect three of them to be major storms. Although we are on track for a normal hurricane season, these extreme weather conditions bring on a lot of risks for travellers and the communities being affected. For 2019, NOAA forecasts a range of nine to 15 named storms that will carry winds 39 mph or higher. Of the storms, four to eight are predicted to become hurricanes with winds 74 mph or higher. Additionally, two to four of these hurricanes are expected to land between a 3-5 category hurricanes that can be just as destructive as, if not more, than last year's Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Hurricane Michael in Florida.

Central African Republic
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed groups and high levels of serious crime. If you are in the CAR, depart by commercial means if it is safe to do so. If despite this advice, you choose to remain in the CAR, have appropriate personal security measures in place.

Congo (DRC)
Avoid all travel to rural areas due to persistent risks from rebel, militia activity amplified by ongoing Ebola outbreak 
The insecurity has been exacerbated by an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus in several areas. The response to the outbreak has been hindered by an escalation in violence in affected areas. The security forces are supporting medical staff at entrance/exit points, where travellers are screened prior to entering/exiting affected zones.

Columbia
Runway repairs to close Pereira (PEI) airport several times in June
Runway repairs will completely halt operations at Pereira Matecana International Airport on the following days: 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: 17- 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.

Germany
Eurowings staff threaten fresh strikes
From media reports: Airliners.de reported that the union Verdi has threatened fresh warning strikes or long-term work stoppages at Eurowings, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, in a dispute regarding new staff representation. More than 80 percent of the union members are in favor of industrial action, according to a union spokesman. More than 1,000 flight attendants have been employed by the Lufthansa subsidiary after the takeover of Air Berlin, which are reportedly underrepresented in the collective agreement.

India
Hike in security fees at airports from July 1
According to the reports of The Hindu (TH), the government has raised the fees to be paid by passengers for security at airports to INR 150 from INR 130 per flight, effective July 1. The move follows demands from airport operators who said they were unable to foot the bill for deployment of CISF. Various airports owed nearly INR 750 crore to the paramilitary force that provides security at 59 out of the nearly 105 airports in the country. The remaining are under other forces like the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the India Reserve Battalions (IRBs) or state police units. “Aviation Security Fee for domestic passengers will be levied at the rate of INR 150 per embarking passenger. Aviation Security Fee for international passengers will be levied at the rate of USD 4.85,” according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on June 7. The fee is part of the air fare paid by passengers and has been revised for the first time since 2001.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport ending from August 2019
No scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry. However, the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, and those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

Finland
Kuusamo Airport to be closed from 12-30 August because of runway repairs
During the three-week renovation, passengers traveling to Kuusamo may temporarily travel through Rovaniemi Airport. Finavia has arranged a bus service between Rovaniemi and Kuusamo airports. The renovation work means the runway will close on Monday, 12 August. The new and improved runway will be opened to traffic on Saturday, 31 August.

India
Kochi's Cochin International Airport to partially close for nearly four months from 19 November
Kochin International Airport in Kerala will be shut for daytime flights for almost four months starting November owing to runway carpeting, an airport official said. The airport will be shut for flights from 10 am to 5:30 pm starting November 19 till late March, the official added. "Airlines have been informed. They will be making necessary arrangements," another person aware of the development said. The international airport is located about 25 km north east of Kochi and is the first airport in India developed under a public-private partnership model and was funded by nearly 10,000 non-resident Indians from 30 nations.

India
Update: Western Railways cancels several dozen trains in wake of Cyclone Vayu
Mumbai: Western Railways canceled 37 mainline trains and terminated nine other in wake of Cyclone Vayu on Friday, taking the total number of affected trains to 174. Cyclone Vayu, which was earlier expected to hit Gujarat coast, has changed course and moved towards Oman, say officials. Until now, a total of 174 trains have been affected in view of the precautionary measures taken by the Western Railways to safeguard the interests of the passengers. Out of these 174 trains, 125 trains have been fully canceled and 49 trains have been short terminated.

Italy
Alitalia postpone planned strike until 24 June; some flight controllers will join
A group of Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions said they would strike June 24, delaying a planned walk out until after the latest deadline for a formal bid for the bankrupt carrier. Defining a plan to rescue and relaunch Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy two years ago, has been fraught with complications. The plan was to stage a 24-hour strike May 21, but being pushed back to the planned action to June 24. Flight controllers belonging to the FAST CONFSAL union will also join in that strike, they said.

Maldives
FlyMe suspends flights to Addu and Fuvahmulah from 10 June because of staff shortage
Local airline FlyMe has announced that the company is halting the operation of flights to Addu City and Fuvahmulah City. The company said the airline is currently training additional pilots who will be joining the workforce in the next few months. The flight to Addu and Fuvahmulah will be resumed shortly, they added.

Nepal
Jomsom Airport in Mustang to close until 22 June because of runway repairs
“The airport is vulnerable to wind and frequent weather change so we have decided to undertake the repair works by ceasing all the flights,” said office Chief Bhanu Koirala. Tara, Yeti, Summit and Nepal Airlines operate total 18 flights each day on Pokhara-Jomsom route. The airport remains busy mainly in April-May as more tourists visit Mustang this season. 

New Zealand
More than 80 flights canceled, delayed at Auckland Airport because of fog
Fog is again causing disruptions at Auckland Airport, with more than 80 flights affected so far on Friday, 14 June. Domestic flights to and from Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin and Queenstown were all affected. International flights to Nadi, Melbourne and Sydney were also delayed. Friday's disruptions to main trunk flights included one flight to Christchurch delayed and two flights to Queenstown cancelled. Arriving flights that had been affected were delays to three flights from Wellington, one from Dunedin and three from Christchurch, while three flights from Queenstown had been canceled.

Nigeria
Avoid non-essential travel to Nigeria, with a few exceptions. 
The security situation throughout the country is unpredictable, and there is a significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks and kidnappings. Exercise a high degree of caution in the cities of Abuja, Calabar and Lagos due to the incidence of crime.

Pakistan
Update: Airspace ban for Indian flights extended for third time until 28 June
Pakistan extended its airspace ban along its eastern border with India for the third time till June 28, according to a notice issued by the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Saudi Arabia
Update: Flights resume at Abha International Airport after missile attack injures 26
The militia attack took place in the early hours of 12 June morning, resulted in the injury of 26 civilians of different nationalities.. At least 18 were admitted to hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and at least six have been discharged. Civil aviation authorities later said that airport operations and air traffic have resumed normally.

Spain
Rail workers threaten to go on strike at Renfe in July
The planned industrial action will protest the unilateral imposition of labor schedules after the implementation of a reduction of the weekly working hours to 37.5 from 40, according to Law 6/2018. Even though the strike call has not been formalized, it is expected to take place in July, in the middle of the high travel season.

Thailand
Anticipate disruption, maintain flexible itineraries through October during monsoon season
Heavy rainfall, flooding and associated landslides is expected to impact the entire country until October, the end of the rainy period. Flash flooding may also occur in major urban centres, significantly disrupting traffic. Liaise with local contacts to ascertain the feasibility of journeys before setting out.

Ukraine
YanAir will use charter aircraft following suspension of its operators certification
Ch-Aviation reported YanAir has been forced to suspend flight operations as of Friday, 7 June, after the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine (SAAU) suspended its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). According to the regulator, the decision to ground the carrier was taken after a "comprehensive" audit of the airline revealed several safety concerns, some of which were deemed "critical." YanAir has since confirmed the suspension of flights adding that it would charter in capacity to fulfill its obligations. Passengers should contact the airline to confirm flight status.

United Kingdom
London: Protests by environmental activists liable to disrupt flights at Heathrow Airport on 18 June, 1-10 July; reconfirm schedules
Monitor developments and reconfirm schedules prior to setting out due to the potential for a protest by environmental activists to disrupt flights on 18 June. Members of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) environmental activist group intend to hold a protest at the airport, and have also threatened to launch drones in order to disrupt operations at the facility. The XR plans to carry out similar actions from 1 to 10 July. The group is protesting against a planned expansion of the airport.

United Kingdom
Update: Workers at Glasgow Airport plan four-hour strike on 21, 28 and 30 June and announces fresh strikes for 24, 26 June
Unite the union says workers including airport security officers, airport fire safety, airfield operations officers and engineering technicians will now strike on five days this month. Glasgow staff will also take part in a six-hour stoppage on Friday, June 21 between 8.30am and 2.30pm. The industrial action will take place between 9.30am and 1.30pm on June 28, and between 5pm and 9pm on June 30. It follows three previously announced dates for Glasgow, and two strikes planned for Aberdeen Airport.

United Kingdom
Union walkouts at Aberdeen Airport planned for 27, 28 June
Members of the union Unite employed at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports are planning further strike action over a pay and pension dispute. Unite have scheduled the Aberdeen walkout for 27 and 28 June, following initial strikes at both airports on 7 and 10 June.

United Kingdom
Workers on South Western Railway are to strike for five days 18-22 June in the long-running dispute over guards on trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from June 18 to 22, the week of the Royal Ascot race meeting. Ascot is served by SWR trains. The union accused the company of "dragging its heels" on resolving the bitter guards row. Talks had been protracted since industrial action was suspended in February, said the union.

United States
Update: Amtrak will fully restore service between St. Louis and Kansas City this weekend
The passenger rail service between Kansas City and St. Louis will be fully restored this weekend, three weeks after flooding conditions forced a temporary suspension. The Missouri River Runner will begin operating both its morning and afternoon routes this weekend, Amtrak said in a news release Friday. Amtrak began using charter buses to operate the two daily round-trip routes between the two cities after flooding issues on the Union Pacific Railroad network caused freight train traffic to be diverted to the Missouri River Runner route.

United States
United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing 737 Max flights through 3 August
United has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously canceled all Max flights through early July. Southwest and American have already dropped the Max from their schedules into August. Boeing is making changes to flight-control software that investigators believe played a role in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people. The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration declined this week to say how long it will take his agency to analyze Boeing's changes and allow the plane to fly again.

United States
St Louis (Missouri state): Anticipate travel disruption in city centre on 15 June during sporting victory parade
Anticipate significant travel disruption in the city centre during a sporting victory parade, and plan journeys accordingly. Hundreds of thousands of people are due to celebrate the triumph of the St Louis Blues team in the 2019 Stanley Cup ice hockey championship. The parade will begin at 12.00 (local time) from 18th and Market streets and proceed towards North Broadway, culminating with a rally at the nearby Gateway Arch monument. Maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.

Uruguay
Public transport expected to be disrupted during 24-hour general strike scheduled for 25 June
The national trade union PIT, CNT has announced a 24-hour general strike for 25 June. The strike was called five days before the primary elections scheduled for 30 June, to protest privatizations and to defend collective bargaining and the role of the state in the economy. The action is expected to halt public transport, as well as the services of government offices. Travelers are advised to check their itineraries and allow for extra time to reach their destinations.

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Central African Republic
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed groups and high levels of serious crime. If you are in the CAR, depart by commercial means if it is safe to do so. If despite this advice, you choose to remain in the CAR, have appropriate personal security measures in place.

Congo (DRC)
Avoid all travel to rural areas due to persistent risks from rebel, militia activity amplified by ongoing Ebola outbreak 
The insecurity has been exacerbated by an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus in several areas. The response to the outbreak has been hindered by an escalation in violence in affected areas. The security forces are supporting medical staff at entrance/exit points, where travellers are screened prior to entering/exiting affected zones.

China
Expect intermittent travel disruption, maintain flexible itineraries until October during monsoon season
Flooding is common in central, western and southern parts of the country, particularly the Yangtze river basin. Southern and eastern coastal areas are also prone to heavy rainfall and associated disruption. Most recently, around 200 flights were cancelled on 27 April at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN, Guangdong province). In addition to flights, short-notice disruption to road and rail travel is also possible until the end of the season.

Columbia
Runway repairs to close Pereira (PEI) airport several times in June
Runway repairs will completely halt operations at Pereira Matecana International Airport on the following days: 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.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport ending from August 2019
No scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry. However, the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, and those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

Finland
Kuusamo Airport to be closed from 12-30 August because of runway repairs
During the three-week renovation, passengers traveling to Kuusamo may temporarily travel through Rovaniemi Airport. Finavia has arranged a bus service between Rovaniemi and Kuusamo airports. The renovation work means the runway will close on Monday, 12 August. The new and improved runway will be opened to traffic on Saturday, 31 August.

Germany
Further delays expected after storm prompts check-in disruption at Berlin airports
Due to severe weather conditions, check-in was briefly suspended at Berlin's Tegel and Schoenefeld airports, causing flight disruptions. Operations have resumed, according to Berlin Airport. However, further delays are expected. The German weather authority has warned of severe weather in Berlin and Brandenburg. The weather system has now moved to the northeast and east.Travelers are advised to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport.

Iraq
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous and volatile security situation and the high threat of the terrorist attack. If you're in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, depart immediately.

Italy
Alitalia postpone planned strike until 24 June; some flight controllers will join
A group of Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions said they would strike June 24, delaying a planned walk out until after the latest deadline for a formal bid for the bankrupt carrier. Defining a plan to rescue and relaunch Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy two years ago, has been fraught with complications. The plan was to stage a 24-hour strike May 21, but being pushed back to the planned action to June 24. Flight controllers belonging to the FAST CONFSAL union will also join in that strike, they said.

Libya
Tripoli: Operations continue at Mitiga International Airport following shelling; continue to defer all travel 
Heavy shelling on 6-7 June targeted military warehouses at Mitiga International Airport (MJI), which serves the capital Tripoli. However, the airport remains operational. On 6 June, an airstrike was conducted near the airport premises. Continue to defer all travel to Libya. Those currently in Tripoli should liaise with their security provider to ascertain the airport’s status.

Maldives
FlyMe suspends flights to Addu and Fuvahmulah from 10 June because of staff shortage
Local airline FlyMe has announced that the company is halting the operation of flights to Addu City and Fuvahmulah City. In a statement released by the airline's operating company Villa Air on Friday, they revealed that the operation of flights to the two southern atolls will be ceased effective from June 10. The decision was prompted due to limited number of staff and pilots, read the statement. The operation of flights from capital Male to Addu and Fuvahmulah was resumed by the airline just last November. The company said the airline is currently training additional pilots who will be joining the workforce in the next few months. The flight to Addu and Fuvahmulah will be resumed shortly, they added.

Mexico
Reconfirm status of routes due to likely disruption around passage of migrants in Chiapas states in the coming weeks
The immigrant caravan will be crossing through the Rodolfo Robles international bridge and border crossing with Guatemala in Ciudad Hidalgo (Chiapas). Since 2018, thousands of migrants have crossed into southern Mexico with the intention of walking to the Mexico-US border. Migrant groups are likely to follow previous routes through Oaxaca (Oaxaca state) and Puebla (Puebla state), before arriving in the capital Mexico City.

Nepal
Jomsom Airport in Mustang to close for 15 days until 22 June because of runway repairs
“The airport is vulnerable to wind and frequent weather change so we have decided to undertake the repair works by ceasing all the flights,” said office Chief Bhanu Koirala. Tara, Yeti, Summit and Nepal Airlines operate total 18 flights each day on Pokhara-Jomsom route. The airport remains busy mainly in April-May as more tourists visit Mustang this season. 

Peru
Lima airport to be partially closed from 1-15 June because of runway repairs
The closure will take place from 1:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m., local time. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information regarding the status of their flight.

Portugal
Anticipate disruption at Porto Airport(OPO, also known as Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, Norte region); reconfirm flights during ongoing air traffic restrictions
Disruption is caused by ongoing air traffic restrictions. Reconfirm flights, as a number of services have been delayed or cancelled as a result of the restrictions, which limit the number of flights handled by the airport per hour.

Sudan
Five-day general strike planned from 9 June; Khartoum Airport reportedly open but access and flights are limited
U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office reported on Friday that a five-day general strike is planned in Sudan for Sunday, 9 June, which could lead to another escalation in violence and disruption to commercial flights, which are already limited. If you're in Khartoum, limit your movements in and around the city, and plan any travel carefully. There remains a significant military presence in the area to the north of the main protest site, and many roads around the city are blocked by civilians and military. Khartoum Airport remains open but access is limited. You should check regularly with your airline for the latest information on the status of your flight before leaving for the airport. U.K.'s Foreign and Commonwealth Office also reported that it is their understanding that Ethiopian Airlines is currently operating additional flights. If you intend to travel outside of Khartoum and around the wider country, plan ahead and seek information on the situation in districts you propose traveling to or through before departing. Travelers should maintain a high level of vigilance across the country, avoid all protests and large gatherings, monitor developments closely, and follow the instructions of local authorities and security services.

Spain
Rail workers threaten to go on strike at Renfe in July
The planned industrial action will protest the unilateral imposition of labor schedules after the implementation of a reduction of the weekly working hours to 37.5 from 40, according to Law 6/2018. Even though the strike call has not been formalized, it is expected to take place in July, in the middle of the high travel season.

Thailand
Anticipate disruption, maintain flexible itineraries through October during monsoon season
Heavy rainfall, flooding and associated landslides is expected to impact the entire country until October, the end of the rainy period. Flash flooding may also occur in major urban centres, significantly disrupting traffic. Liaise with local contacts to ascertain the feasibility of journeys before setting out.

Tunisia
Aviation technicians at Tunis-Carthage International Airport postpone 48-hour strike until 14, 15 June
The strike was due to take place on 17 and 18 May. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for further information regarding the status of their flights.

Ukraine
YanAir will use charter aircraft following suspension of its operators certification
Ch-Aviation reported YanAir has been forced to suspend flight operations as of Friday, 7 June, after the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine (SAAU) suspended its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC). According to the regulator, the decision to ground the carrier was taken after a "comprehensive" audit of the airline revealed several safety concerns, some of which were deemed "critical." YanAir has since confirmed the suspension of flights adding that it would charter in capacity to fulfill its obligations. Passengers should contact the airline to confirm flight status.

United Kingdom
Update: Workers at Glasgow Airport plan four-hour strike on 10, 14 and 21 June
Workers at Glasgow Airport will go on strike four times in the space of two weeks. Members of Unite the union previously voted to take industrial action over a pay and pension dispute. In addition to the already announced 12-hour strike on June 10 and four-hour protest between 4am and 8am on June 14, Glasgow staff will also take part in a six-hour stoppage on Friday, June 21 between 8.30am and 2.30pm.

United Kingdom
Lengthy delays reported at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports because of workers' strike on 10 June
Staff at the airport will strike over a pay and pension dispute on June 10 from 4am until 4pm. More than 88% of Unite members employed by AGS Airports Ltd voted to take the action. Around 242 workers are employed at the site, including security and fire service. Negotiations were entered with AGS through ACAS, which led to the initial postponement of industrial action, based on a 3% increase and a commitment to continue negotiations.

United Kingdom
Manchester Metrolink workers will strike 10 June
Metrolink workers will strike for four days, clashing with the weekend of Parklife Festival and Noel Gallagher's homecoming gig. The industrial action threatens to bring tram services to a halt during one of Greater Manchester's biggest music events of the year. Customer support, engineering and business support staff will strike until 5.59 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

United Kingdom
Air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports to stage second one-day strike on 12 June; Loganair cancels flights
Air traffic controllers in a pay dispute with their employer Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) are planning to stage a second day of strike action. Six HIAL airports were closed by strike action for 24 hours on 30 May. The affected airports for that strike were Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh. Loganair is canceling flights to and from Sumburgh Airport on 12 June due to the proposed second one-day strike by air traffic controllers. The airline will also make changes to its schedules on 11 and 13 June, with extra services set to be added on affected routes. Loganair later said it will also cancel services to and from Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall and Stornoway airports on 12 June. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airports should contact their airline.

United Kingdom
Workers on South Western Railway are to strike for five days 18-22 June in the long-running dispute over guards on trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from June 18 to 22, the week of the Royal Ascot race meeting. Ascot is served by SWR trains. The union accused the company of "dragging its heels" on resolving the bitter guards row. Talks had been protracted since industrial action was suspended in February, said the union.

United States
United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing 737 Max flights through 3 August
United has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously canceled all Max flights through early July. Southwest and American have already dropped the Max from their schedules into August. Boeing is making changes to flight-control software that investigators believe played a role in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people. The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration declined this week to say how long it will take his agency to analyze Boeing's changes and allow the plane to fly again.

Uruguay
Public transport expected to be disrupted during 24-hour general strike scheduled for 25 June
The national trade union PIT, CNT has announced a 24-hour general strike for 25 June. The strike was called five days before the primary elections scheduled for 30 June, to protest privatizations and to defend collective bargaining and the role of the state in the economy. The action is expected to halt public transport, as well as services of government offices. Travelers are advised to check their itineraries and allow for extra time to reach their destinations.

Uzbekistan
Avoid non-essential travel to the areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (including the city of Andijan and the eastern region of the Ferghana Valley) due to the uncertain security situation and land mines.
Exercise increased caution elsewhere in Uzbekistan due to the threat from terrorism and violent crime.

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Africa, Europe
Tunisair cancels 200 regular flights per month from 1 June until 15 September
National carrier Tunisair reduces flights, by canceling 200 regular flights per month for 3 months. This reduction of 10% of Tunisair flights will take place from June 1 and will continue until September 15th. The criteria for choosing canceled flights are the profitability, the filling rate and the availability of other flights during the same day during the same week, to ensure passenger transport, without affecting schedule and charter in particular. The company’s press release said that 90% of canceled seats have already been transferred to other flights.

Central African Republic
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed groups and high levels of serious crime. If you are in the CAR, depart by commercial means if it is safe to do so. If despite this advice, you choose to remain in the CAR, have appropriate personal security measures in place.

China
Expect intermittent travel disruption, maintain flexible itineraries until October during monsoon season
Flooding is common in central, western and southern parts of the country, particularly the Yangtze river basin. Southern and eastern coastal areas are also prone to heavy rainfall and associated disruption. Most recently, around 200 flights were cancelled on 27 April at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN, Guangdong province). In addition to flights, short-notice disruption to road and rail travel is also possible until the end of the season.

Columbia
Runway repairs to close Pereira (PEI) airport several times in June
Runway repairs will completely halt operations at Pereira Matecana International Airport on the following days: 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.

Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria
Air Namibia suspends Windhoek-Lagos-Accra flights following 'diplomatic standoff' from 24 May
The suspended came barely one year after the launch of the flight. The suspension followed the yet to be resolved diplomatic standoff with Nigeria. The airline in a statement announcing the route which was launched in June 2018 started off well with impressive load factors. However, the statement indicated that on February 2019, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia banned the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders.

Honduras
Flights canceled, dozens evacuated from Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa because of clashes between protesters and police on 30 May
Dozens of travelers and workers from Toncontin International Airport in Tegucigalpa were evacuated to the runway, due to clashes between protesters and police outside the airfield. With suitcases in hand and several with masks, people had to cross the runway to avoid being affected by tear gas thrown by law enforcement officers to disperse the demonstrators. Even several passengers of planes that had just landed in the Honduran capital had to overflow the aircraft immediately and join the evacuation. 
The flights were canceled for the safety of the people on the runway.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport ending from August 2019
No scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry. However, the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, and those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

Finland
Kuusamo Airport to be closed from 12-30 August because of runway repairs
During the three-week renovation, passengers traveling to Kuusamo may temporarily travel through Rovaniemi Airport. Finavia has arranged a bus service between Rovaniemi and Kuusamo airports. The renovation work means the runway will close on Monday, 12 August. The new and improved runway will be opened to traffic on Saturday, 31 August.

Iraq
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous and volatile security situation and the high threat of the terrorist attack. If you're in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, depart immediately.

Italy
Alitalia postpone planned strike until 24 June; some flight controllers will join
A group of Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions said they would strike June 24, delaying a planned walk out until after the latest deadline for a formal bid for the bankrupt carrier. Defining a plan to rescue and relaunch Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy two years ago, has been fraught with complications. The plan was to stage a 24-hour strike May 21, but being pushed back to the planned action to June 24. Flight controllers belonging to the FAST CONFSAL union will also join in that strike, they said.

Maldives
FlyMe suspends flights to Addu and Fuvahmulah from 10 June because of staff shortage
Local airline FlyMe has announced that the company is halting the operation of flights to Addu City and Fuvahmulah City. In a statement released by the airline's operating company Villa Air on Friday, they revealed that the operation of flights to the two southern atolls will be ceased effective from June 10. The decision was prompted due to limited number of staff and pilots, read the statement. The operation of flights from capital Male to Addu and Fuvahmulah was resumed by the airline just last November. The company said the airline is currently training additional pilots who will be joining the workforce in the next few months. The flight to Addu and Fuvahmulah will be resumed shortly, they added.

Peru
Lima airport to be partially closed from 1-15 June because of runway repairs
The closure will take place from 1:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m., local time. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information regarding the status of their flight.

Taiwan
EVA Air flight attendants call for strike in early June
Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU) members working with EVA Air are preparing to strike in early June as negotiations with the airline have failed to reach a settlement as of Thursday, May 30. Union members are currently voting on whether to hold a strike, with tallies scheduled to be announced on Thursday, June 6. Flight disruptions are expected in the event of a strike, particularly around the Dragon Boat Festival from Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9. TFAU also stated they are willing to "take to the streets" on Tuesday, June 4. Protests and associated disruptions are possible on Tuesday and during a possible strike.

Tunisia
Aviation technicians at Tunis-Carthage International Airport postpone 48-hour strike until 14, 15 June
The strike was due to take place on 17 and 18 May. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for further information regarding the status of their flights.

Philippines
Mindanao island: No major damage reported after magnitude 6.1 earthquake; continue to exercise caution
All Mindanao island should continue to exercise caution after a magnitude 6.1 offshore earthquake struck at 18.12 (local time) on 31 May. The tremor originated 26 miles (42km) east-south-east of Pondaguitan (Davao Oriental) at a depth of 55 miles (90km) and was most strongly felt in the provincial capital Mati City (Davao Oriental). Several aftershocks have occurred, but no tsunami warning has been issued and no major damage or fatalities reported.

United Kingdom
Update: Workers at Glasgow Airport plan four-hour strike on 14 June
Industrial action at Glasgow Airport is to be escalated after a breakdown in talks to try and resolve a dispute over pensions. Unite announced that a four-hour stoppage on June 14, between 4am and 8am, would be added to action already scheduled at the airport. Two 12-hour strikes on June 7 and 10 between 4am to 4pm had already been arranged. At the beginning of April, Unite members voted in favour of industrial action over a pay claim for 2019 and proposals by airport bosses to close their final salary pension scheme.

United Kingdom
Staff at Aberdeen International Airport to stage strikes on 7, 10 June
Staff at the airport will strike over a pay and pension dispute on June 7 and 10 from 4am until 4pm. More than 88% of Unite members employed by AGS Airports Ltd voted to take the action. Around 242 workers are employed at the site, including security and fire service. Negotiations were entered with AGS through ACAS, which led to the initial postponement of industrial action, based on a 3% increase and a commitment to continue negotiations.

United Kingdom
Manchester Metrolink workers will strike 7-10 June
Metrolink workers will strike for four days, clashing with the weekend of Parklife Festival and Noel Gallagher's homecoming gig. The industrial action threatens to bring tram services to a halt during one of Greater Manchester's biggest music events of the year. Customer support, engineering and business support staff will walk out at 9 p.m. Friday, June 7 until 5.59 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

United Kingdom
Air traffic controllers working for Highlands and Islands Airports to stage second one-day strike on 12 June; Loganair cancels flights
air traffic controllers in a pay dispute with their employer Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) are planning to stage a second day of strike action. Six HIAL airports were closed by strike action for 24 hours on 30 May. The affected airports for that strike were Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall, Stornoway and Sumburgh. Loganair is canceling flights to and from Sumburgh Airport on 12 June due to the proposed second one-day strike by air traffic controllers. The airline will also make changes to its schedules on 11 and 13 June, with extra services set to be added on affected routes. Loganair later said it will also cancel services to and from Benbecula, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkwall and Stornoway airports on 12 June. Passengers planning to fly into or out of the affected airports should contact their airline.

United Kingdom
Workers on South Western Railway are to strike for five days 18-22 June in the long-running dispute over guards on trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out from June 18 to 22, the week of the Royal Ascot race meeting. Ascot is served by SWR trains. The union accused the company of "dragging its heels" on resolving the bitter guards row. Talks had been protracted since industrial action was suspended in February, said the union.

United States
Long delays reported at Newark Liberty International Airport because of severe weather
Newark Liberty International Airport is currently experiencing: inbound flights delayed at their origin an average of 4 hours 8 minutes due to thunderstorms; departure delays of 2 hours 1 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes (and increasing) due to weather; all inbound flights being held at their origin until Thursday,6 June at 20:00 EDT due to thunderstorms; arrival delays for airborne aircraft an average of 43 minutes. Meantime, JFK airport is averaging about an hour and a half delays.

United States
Amtrak suspends service between St. Louis, Missouri, and Fort Worth, Texas, until 7 June because of flooding
Service between Chicago and St. Louis and between San Antonio and Fort Worth will continue as usual. No substitute transportation is available other than the scheduled Trinity Railway Express commuter train service between Fort Worth and Dallas, which is ticketed separately. Some tickets are available for those willing to travel alternate routes between Illinois or Missouri and Texas using the Amtrak Southwest Chief and the Amtrak Heartland Flyer.

United States
United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing 737 Max flights through 3 August
United has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously canceled all Max flights through early July. Southwest and American have already dropped the Max from their schedules into August. Boeing is making changes to flight-control software that investigators believe played a role in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people. The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration declined this week to say how long it will take his agency to analyze Boeing's changes and allow the plane to fly again.



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Argentina
24-hour general strike on 29 May, monitor local radio and other media, and remain aware of strike developments. Confirmation of all transport reservations is still recommended.
Urgente 24 reported that APLA, a union representing pilots, has confirmed they will join a general strike on Wednesday, 29 May, to protest the government's austerity policies. Other unions representing transport workers had earlier confirmed their participation in a national strike on the same day. As a consequence of this strike, flights, buses, taxis and train services are expected to be affected. The 24-hour strike was called by CGT, Argentina's biggest labor union.

Brazil
All operations of Avianca Brazil are suspended as a precautionary measure
Brazil's civil aviation authority ANAC has suspended the operations of Avianca Brazil, dealing what could be the final blow to the airline which has operated under bankruptcy protection since December 2018. All flights will remain halted until the carrier proves its ability to ensure safe operations, saying that the decision was made based on information provided by ANAC's operational flight safety department. Avianca Brazil is legally obligated to refund or rebook passengers with existing bookings on other carriers, notes ANAC.

Central African Republic
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed groups and high levels of serious crime. If you are in the CAR, depart by commercial means if it is safe to do so. If despite this advice, you choose to remain in the CAR, have appropriate personal security measures in place.

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: 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.

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.

Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria
Air Namibia suspends Windhoek-Lagos-Accra flights following 'diplomatic standoff' from 24 May
The suspended came barely one year after the launch of the flight. The suspension followed the yet to be resolved diplomatic standoff with Nigeria. The airline in a statement announcing the route which was launched in June 2018 started off well with impressive load factors. However, the statement indicated that on February 2019, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Namibia banned the issuing of visas to Namibian passport holders.

Hungary
Budapest's Keleti railway station will close for maintenance until 27 May
The station will be closed during this period for maintenance work, affecting both international and domestic services. Trains operating via Keleti will be shifted to the capital’s other two terminals – Deli and Nyugati – and other nearby stations. Trains will be rerouted to and from other stations in the capital, and buses will replace some services. MAV is coordinating changes to the routes with the Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) to ensure passengers can make transfers to reach their destinations. Train tickets and passes will be valid on some tram lines.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport ending from August 2019
No scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry. However, the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, and those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

Indonesia
Bali's airport has canceled flights following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano that spread ash over the south of the Indonesian island
The national disaster agency said the eruption Friday night lasted about four minutes and 30 seconds and spread lava and incandescent rocks about 3 kilometers from the crater. Nine villages experienced thick ash fall. But the agency said it wasn't raising the alert level for the volcano and its exclusion zone remains a 4 kilometer radius around the crater. The Directorate General of Air Transportation said four flights to Bali were diverted and five flights out of the popular tourist destination were canceled because of volcanic ash. Agung became active again in 2017 after more than a half century of slumber following a major eruption in 1963.

Iraq
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous and volatile security situation and the high threat of the terrorist attack. If you're in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, depart immediately.

Italy
Alitalia postpone planned strike until 24 June; some flight controllers will join
A group of Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions said they would strike June 24, delaying a planned walk out until after the latest deadline for a formal bid for the bankrupt carrier. Defining a plan to rescue and relaunch Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy two years ago, has been fraught with complications. The plan was to stage a 24-hour strike May 21, but being pushed back to the planned action to June 24. Flight controllers belonging to the FAST CONFSAL union will also join in that strike, they said.

Israel
Central areas: Exercise caution, anticipate disruption due to ongoing wildfires caused by a heatwave; follow official directives
At least 3,500 residents have been evacuated from affected areas, including Kfar Daniel and Mevo Modi’im (both Central district). The wildfires also caused the temporary closure of the Route 443 highway, which connects Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv district) and Jerusalem, on 23 May. The authorities have warned that strong winds may exacerbate the situation, and further evacuations remain possible. Abide by all official directives.

Lebanon
Beirut: Plan routes bypassing demonstration at Martyrs’ Square on 26 May
Avoid a demonstration between 17.00 and 19.00 (local time) at Martyrs’ Square in the capital Beirut on 26 May. The event coincides with the 100-day mark since the new government was formed and aims to review its performance on a number of domestic policy issues. Although the event is likely to pass off peacefully, plan routes bypassing the area to minimise travel delays.

Maldives
FlyMe suspends flights to Addu and Fuvahmulah from 10 June because of staff shortage
Local airline FlyMe has announced that the company is halting the operation of flights to Addu City and Fuvahmulah City. In a statement released by the airline's operating company Villa Air on Friday, they revealed that the operation of flights to the two southern atolls will be ceased effective from June 10. The decision was prompted due to limited number of staff and pilots, read the statement. The operation of flights from capital Male to Addu and Fuvahmulah was resumed by the airline just last November. The company said the airline is currently training additional pilots who will be joining the workforce in the next few months. The flight to Addu and Fuvahmulah will be resumed shortly, they added.

Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will remain shut for 10 hours per day until 31 May
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. 

Netherlands
Expect significant disruption to public transport during 24-hour strike on 28-29 May
Plan journeys accordingly. Employees of national railway company NS and most local transport operators are due to walk out from 05.00 (local time) nationwide. The strike has been called by the FNV, CNV and VVMC unions in connection with a dispute over pensions and the retirement age. There will be no or very few buses and trains running throughout the country. According to the NS, they cannot tell which trains will be affected and advised not to travel.

Nicaragua
Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding
The authorities have issued a Yellow Alert (second highest on a three-tier scale) for the departments of Carazo, Chinadega, Leon, Managua (which includes the capital Managua), Masayaand Rivas; a Green Alert (lowest on the three-tier scale) has been issued for central areas of the country. Flooding, landslides and blocked roads are possible in affected areas until at least 26 May. Liaise with local contacts and agencies to remain apprised of the most up-to-date information.

Pakistan
Pakistan airspace to remain closed for Indian flights until 30 May
Pakistan fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. However, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

Peru
Lima airport to be partially closed from 1-15 June because of runway repairs
The closure will take place from 1:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m., local time. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information regarding the status of their flight.

Tunisia
Aviation technicians at Tunis-Carthage International Airport postpone 48-hour strike until 14, 15 June
The strike was due to take place on 17 and 18 May. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for further information regarding the status of their flights.

Turkey
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights at Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) until 30 May due to runway maintenance work
There will be limited operations between 11.30 to 16.30 (local time) during this period.

United Arab Emirates
Some flights may be canceled when Dubai International shuts down northern runway on 26 and 27 May
Another Dubai airport runway will be closed this weekend for maintenance works, and this could lead to flights being canceled. The Dubai Airports confirmed on 23 May that Dubai International's northern runway will be shut down for a few hours on Monday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 27. The upcoming closures will prompt airlines to cancel a few flights a day at Dubai International, according to at least one airline.

United Kingdom
Severe delays expected during planned engineering work on West Coast Main Line until 27 May
Travelers they could face severe delays on the railways this bank holiday weekend. Plan journeys ahead at www.nationalrail.co.uk, when sections of the West Coast Main Line will be closed between London Euston and Milton Keynes, and Warrington and Cumbria due to planned engineering work. Where the line is open trains will be running, but customers will have longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.

United Kingdom
Workers at Glasgow Airport to stage fresh strikes on 7, 10 June
Workers at Glasgow Airport are to take industrial action on two days next month as part of a dispute over pensions and pay. Officials from the Unite trade union today confirmed its members will stage a walkout on Friday, June 7, and Monday, June 10, between the hours of 4am and 4pm. At the beginning of April, Unite members voted in favour of industrial action over a pay claim for 2019 and proposals by airport bosses to close their final salary pension scheme.

United Kingdom
Staff at Aberdeen International Airport to stage strikes on 7, 10 June
Staff at the airport will strike over a pay and pension dispute on June 7 and 10 from 4am until 4pm. More than 88% of Unite members employed by AGS Airports Ltd voted to take the action. Around 242 workers are employed at the site, including security and fire service. Negotiations were entered with AGS through ACAS, which led to the initial postponement of industrial action, based on a 3% increase and a commitment to continue negotiations.

United Kingdom
Manchester Metrolink workers will strike 7-10 June
Metrolink workers will strike for four days, clashing with the weekend of Parklife Festival and Noel Gallagher's homecoming gig. The industrial action threatens to bring tram services to a halt during one of Greater Manchester's biggest music events of the year. Customer support, engineering and business support staff will walk out at 9 p.m. Friday, June 7 until 5.59 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

United States
United Airlines extends cancellation of Boeing 737 Max flights through 3 August
United has removed the Max from its schedule through Aug. 3 and will cancel about 2,400 flights in June and July as a result. It had previously canceled all Max flights through early July. Southwest and American have already dropped the Max from their schedules into August. Boeing is making changes to flight-control software that investigators believe played a role in crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that together killed 346 people. The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration declined this week to say how long it will take his agency to analyze Boeing's changes and allow the plane to fly again.

United States
Jefferson City, Missouri state: Continue to avoid areas affected by tornado; follow official directives
Over the coming days, continue to avoid areas affected by a tornado overnight on 22-23 May. According to the authorities, 20 people were injured after the tornado struck at around 23.45 (local time) on 22 May, damaging buildings, felling trees and downing power lines. The worst damage has been reported in a three-square-mile (8 sq km) southern area along Ellis Boulevard, Highway 54 and Stadium Boulevard. Power outages are widespread, and emergency responders are assessing damage.

United States
Midwest, Southwest regions: specifically Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas
Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by severe weather
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood warnings for north-west Oklahoma and southern Missouri. It has also advised of the possibility of thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area in the coming days.

United States
Via Airlines suspends all flights to, from Pittsburgh effective immediately from 24 May because of pilot shortage
According to a spokesperson from the company, service is ending to Birmingham, Alabama, and scrapping plans for future flights to Memphis, Tennessee and Hartford, Connecticut. According to Don Bowman, Via's vice president of Business Development and Distribution, the airline was forced to suspend service due to the carrier's ongoing challenges in recruiting, training and retaining a suitable level of qualified crews.


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Argentina
Pilots will also join 24-hour general strike on 29 May
Urgente 24 reported that APLA, a union representing pilots, has confirmed they will join a general strike on Wednesday, 29 May, to protest the government's austerity policies. Other unions representing transport workers had earlier confirmed their participation in a national strike on the same day. As a consequence of this strike, flights, buses, taxis and train services are expected to be affected. The 24-hour strike was called by CGT, Argentina's biggest labor union.

Brazil
Reconfirm flights, plan alternative travel after Avianca Brazil employees call indefinite strike from 17 May
If travelling with Avianca Brazil through Sao Paulo-Congonhas (CGH) and Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont (SDU) airports - reconfirm flights from 17 May due to an indefinite strike by airline employees. The strike has been called over the non-payment of salaries and benefits to airline staff.

Central African Republic
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) due to the dangerous security situation, activities of armed groups and high levels of serious crime. If you are in the CAR, depart by commercial means if it is safe to do so. If despite this advice, you choose to remain in the CAR, have appropriate personal security measures in place.

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: 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.

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.

Europe & CIS, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Travel can continue following US embassy alerts on 14 May advising US citizens of heightened regional tensions
Alerts counsel citizens to maintain a low profile, remain vigilant and exercise situational awareness. In Uzbekistan, the embassy recommended avoiding crowds and places frequented by foreign nationals. While the advice on travel to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan remains unchanged in both countries, continue to adopt security precautions to mitigate the risks of opportunistic crime. In Uzbekistan, remain alert to surroundings when near terrorist targets such as government and security force personnel and buildings.

Iraq
Australia updates its advisory, continues to warn against all travel
Do not travel to Iraq because of the extremely dangerous and volatile security situation and the high threat of the terrorist attack. If you're in Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, depart immediately.

Italy
Alitalia postpone planned strike until 24 June; some flight controllers will join
A group of Alitalia pilot and cabin crew unions said they would strike June 24, delaying a planned walk out until after the latest deadline for a formal bid for the bankrupt carrier. Defining a plan to rescue and relaunch Alitalia, which declared bankruptcy two years ago, has been fraught with complications. In the latest twist, the Italian government announced May 3 that railway company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) had until June 15 to present a plan for the relaunch, extending a previous April 30 deadline. The FNTA—which brings together the ANPAC, ANPAV and ANP unions as well as the Confael Trasporti Assovolo association—said May 14 they had met to work out a common policy and a series of actions to support the relaunch of the new Alitalia. They had been planning to stage a 24-hour strike May 21, but following the latest delay decided that striking on that day would be "untimely and inopportune" so they pushed back the planned action to June 24, after the latest deadline. Flight controllers belonging to the FAST CONFSAL union will also join in that strike, they said.

Hungary
Budapest's Keleti railway station will close for maintenance for two weeks 13-27 May
The station will be closed during this period for maintenance work, affecting both international and domestic services. Trains operating via Keleti will be shifted to the capital’s other two terminals – Deli and Nyugati – and other nearby stations. Trains will be rerouted to and from other stations in the capital, and buses will replace some services. MAV is coordinating changes to the routes with the Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) to ensure passengers can make transfers to reach their destinations. Train tickets and passes will be valid on some tram lines.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport set to end from August 2019
From the media reports: Hungary Today reported no scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry on Tuesday. However, Mayor Istvan Tarlos said that the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, which they report have significantly affected their quality of life. Laszlo Palkovics, the Technology Minister, said that those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will remain shut for 10 hours per day until 31 May
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. 

Netherlands
Transportation workers plan 24-hour strike on 28 May
A massive 24-hour strike by public transportation workers was scheduled by trade union FNV. The labor protest will affect the national railway firm NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), as well as public transit in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag, the three biggest cities in the Netherlands. The regional bus drivers in large parts of the country have agreed to join the public transport strike set for May 28 in support of an improved pension deal. The labor union also called on workers in other sectors to strike on May 29. Dutch train drivers and public transport workers in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague said that they would stop work on May 28 in a campaign to have the state pension age frozen at 66 and to ensure pensions rise in line with inflation.

Pakistan
Pakistan airspace to remain closed for Indian flights until 30 May
Pakistan on Wednesday decided not to lift its airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, as Islamabad is awaiting the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in India. Pakistan fully closed its airspace after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26. However, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

Peru
Lima airport to be partially closed from 1-15 June because of runway repairs
The closure will take place from 1:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m., local time. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for further information regarding the status of their flight.

Spain
Barcelona Metro workers plan to stage series of partial strikes on 20 and 24 May
La Vanguardia reported that Barcelona Metro workers plan to stage a series of partial strikes on 20 and 24 May 2019. The minimum services of 40% have been imposed between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., while the rest of the day only 20 % of minimum services will be guaranteed. Passengers are advised to look for alternative means of transport.

Tunisia
Aviation technicians at Tunis-Carthage International Airport postpone 48-hour strike until 14, 15 June
The strike was due to take place on 17 and 18 May. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for further information regarding the status of their flights.

Turkey
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights at Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) until 30 May due to runway maintenance work. 
There will be limited operations between 11.30 to 16.30 (local time) during this period.

United Kingdom
London: Strike suspended - plan normal travel on Underground on 17-19 May
A planned strike by maintenance workers and engineers was called off on 14 May. The suspension of the strike comes after an agreement was reached between employers and unions over safety issues. A related rally on 16 May at 09.00 at City Hall has also been called off.

United Kingdom
Disruption expected as dozens of supply drivers announce plans to strike at London's Heathrow Airport on 22-26 May
Tens of thousands of travellers could face long-haul flights without on-board meals, drinks or duty-frees due to a five-day strike at Heathrow airport. More than 80 specialist lorry drivers plan to strike from Wednesday May 22 until Sunday 26 May. As a result 29 flight operators could be affected over the late May bank holiday weekend. The drivers supply food and drink for Alpha LSG, the UK’s largest in-flight catering company, and have proposed the action amid a row over "punishing" new rotas.

United Kingdom
Severe delays expected during planned engineering work on West Coast Main Line on 25-27 May
Travelers they could face severe delays on the railways this bank holiday weekend. Plan journeys ahead at www.nationalrail.co.uk, when sections of the West Coast Main Line will be closed between London Euston and Milton Keynes, and Warrington and Cumbria due to planned engineering work. Where the line is open trains will be running, but customers will have longer journeys, fewer available seats, and may need to use rail replacement buses.

United States
Midwestern states: Continue to anticipate disruption during severe weather
Reconfirm status prior travelling in Midwestern states due to disruption during the passage of a number of severe storms with the potential to produce destructive winds and tornadoes. On 17 May, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an enhanced risk warning of severe weather.

Uruguay
Anticipate traffic disruption during the commemorative marches on 20 May in Montevideo, urban centres
This annual march commemorating those who disappeared during the military dictatorship (1973-85). Demonstrators will gather at 19.00 (local time) at the intersection of Rivera and Jackson streets, and march to Plaza Cagancha. Related protests are possible in other cities. Previous marches, though well attended, remained peaceful.


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Global
Partial airspace restrictions over Pakistan extended; expect continued disruption to flights
According to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), partial airspace restrictions affecting over-flying (transit) flights will remain in effect until at least 15.00 (local time) on 15 May. Several airlines have rerouted affected flights. Airspace restrictions have been extended on a near-daily basis and further extensions are possible in the coming days. Meanwhile, operations have resumed at all airports in Pakistan since the airspace closure on 27 February amid increased tensions with India. Continue to expect disruption and reconfirm schedules until flight operations over Pakistan fully normalise.

Africa
Camair-Co temporarily suspends its regional routes because of financial issues

The national carrier of Cameroon, has announced the temporary closure of all its regional routes because of financial issues. The affected routes are: Abidjan, Bangui, Cotonou, Dakar, Libreville, Lagos and N'Djamena. Passengers are advised to contact the airline for further information regarding the status of their flights. With foreign airlines cancelling dozens of flights ahead of a nationwide air traffic control (ATC) strike in France, the biggest French airline claims the vast majority of its flights will be going ahead.
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: 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.

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.

Hungary
Budapest's Keleti railway station will close for maintenance for two weeks from 13 May

The station will be closed during this period for maintenance work, affecting both international and domestic services. Trains operating via Keleti will be shifted to the capital’s other two terminals – Deli and Nyugati – and other nearby stations. Trains will be rerouted to and from other stations in the capital, and buses will replace some services. MAV is coordinating changes to the routes with the Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) to ensure passengers can make transfers to reach their destinations. Train tickets and passes will be valid on some tram lines.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport set to end from August 2019

From the media reports: Hungary Today reported no scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry on Tuesday. However, Mayor Istvan Tarlos said that the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, which they report have significantly affected their quality of life. Laszlo Palkovics, the Technology Minister, said that those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

Japan
Disruption to rail services reported following offshore earthquake; reconfirm schedules

Disruption to rail services was reported following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 08.48 (local time) on 10 May off the coast of Miyazaki prefecture (Kyushu island). Trains on some sections of the Nippo line were suspended, while delays were also reported, including to certain services on the Kyushu Shinkansen line. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake occurred 40 miles (65km) off Miyazaki coast and was followed by a magnitude 4.9 aftershock.
Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will remain shut for 10 hours per day

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 (until end of May). 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.

Netherlands
Transportation workers plan 24-hour strike on 28 May

A massive 24-hour strike by public transportation workers was scheduled by trade union FNV. The labor protest will affect the national railway firm NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), as well as public transit in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Den Haag, the three biggest cities in the Netherlands. The strike is set for May 28, and could include regional transportation workers as well, though that will be announced in the future. The labor union also called on workers in other sectors to strike on May 29.

New Zealand
Auckland Metro train service will be disrupted on 14 May because of strike

Workers at CAF, who maintain passenger trains for Auckland Metro, have voted unanimously to take industrial action beginning on the 14th of May. The action will likely mean cancellations of trains and disruption for commuters as fewer trains will be available to meet timetable requirements.

South Korea
Expect disruption if nationwide bus drivers’ strike proceeds on 15 May; plan journeys accordingly

Traffic congestion on 15 May if a nationwide strike by at least 40,000 bus drivers goes ahead. Bus drivers affiliated to the Korea Automobile and Transport Workers’ Federation (KATWF) are organising the action over possible salary cuts and demands for increased staffing. Negotiations between the drivers and the authorities are ongoing. MKake alternative travel arrangements in the event the strike proceeds.

Spain
Barcelona Metro workers plan to stage series of partial strikes on 20 and 24 May

La Vanguardia reported that Barcelona Metro workers plan to stage a series of partial strikes on 20 and 24 May 2019. The minimum services of 40% have been imposed between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., while the rest of the day only 20 % of minimum services will be guaranteed. Passengers are advised to look for alternative means of transport.

Turkey

Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights at Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) until 30 May due to runway maintenance work

There will be limited operations between 11.30 to 16.30 (local time) during this period.

United Kingdom
Disruption expected as dozens of supply drivers announce plans to strike at London's Heathrow Airport on 22-26 May

Tens of thousands of travellers could face long-haul flights without on-board meals, drinks or duty-frees due to a five-day strike at Heathrow airport. More than 80 specialist lorry drivers plan to strike from Wednesday May 22 until Sunday 26 May. As a result 29 flight operators could be affected over the late May bank holiday weekend. The drivers supply food and drink for Alpha LSG, the UK’s largest in-flight catering company, and have proposed the action amid a row over "punishing" new rotas.

United States
Plan journeys accounting for disruption in south-eastern areas due to heavy rain, flooding

The National Weather Service (NWS) on 10 May issued flash flood watches for Angelina, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Nacogdoches counties. Flooding and road closures are already affecting several areas.

United States
Avoid ongoing unruly protests along 807 NE Couch Street

Members in Portland (Oregon state) should plan journeys avoiding 807 NE Couch Street due to ongoing unruly protests between rival groups.
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Europe & CIS
Anticipate business, travel disruption during Victory Day commemorations on 9 May

Expect disruption on 9 May during Victory Day celebrations, which commemorate the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Businesses will be closed for a public holiday in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, while celebratory events are staged. Commemorations will also be held in Turkmenistan. Reconfirm meetings and transport arrangements on the day; exercise vigilance and minimise time spent in crowded public areas as a precaution.

Europe & CIS: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Anticipate residual disruption, reconfirm Scandinavian Airlines flights as pilots’ strike ends

Anticipate residual disruption and reconfirm flights with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) after a strike by pilots in Denmark, Norway and Sweden was called off on 2 May. More than 3,000 SAS flights were cancelled during the work stoppage, which began on 26 April and was linked to a dispute over a collective bargaining agreement, wages and working hours. While a deal has now been reached to end the strike, SAS has said it will take 24 hours for its services to normalise.

Global
Partial airspace restrictions over Pakistan extended; expect continued disruption to flights

According to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), partial airspace restrictions affecting over-flying (transit) flights will remain in effect until at least 15.00 (local time) on 15 May. Several airlines have rerouted affected flights. Airspace restrictions have been extended on a near-daily basis and further extensions are possible in the coming days. Meanwhile, operations have resumed at all airports in Pakistan since the airspace closure on 27 February amid increased tensions with India. Continue to expect disruption and reconfirm schedules until flight operations over Pakistan fully normalise.

Americas: Argentina, Chile
Cardenal Antonio Samore border crossing closes following landslide; seek alternative routes

Seek alternative routes to the Cardenal Antonio Samore Border Pass between Argentina and Chile after the crossing on 2 May was closed following a landslide. The incident occurred at kilometre 107 on Chile's CH 215 road, rendering the route impassable in both directions. Reports indicate that the pass were be closed for at least 48 hours.

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.

Bangladesh
Anticipate disruption during passage of Cyclone Fani; plan journeys accordingly

Over the coming days, anticipate heavy rain and travel disruption during the passage of Cyclone Fani, particularly low-lying central coastal areas. The storm is expected to weaken during its passage over India before reaching Bangladesh overnight on 3-4 May. According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), Fani will affect parts of Barisal, Chittagong and Khulna divisions. Disruption to flights at Jessore Airport (JSR, Khulna) and Shah Amanat International Airport (CGP, Chittagong) is possible during Fani’s passage.

Cameroon
Reconfirm Cameroon Airlines Corporation flights until 10 May due to strike by airline staff

Anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to a planned strike until 10 May by airline staff of the Cameroon Airlines Corporation (CAMAIR-CO). The strike has been called to demand immediate payment of salary arrears and improved working conditions. Monitor the situation as negotiations between unions and the company continue and the strike may still be called off.

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: 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.

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.

Hungary
Night flights at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport set to end from August 2019

From the media reports: Hungary Today reported no scheduled flights will be allowed to take off or land at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport between midnight and 5 a.m. from August 2019 on, under an agreement signed by the city and the Innovation and Technology Ministry on Tuesday. However, Mayor Istvan Tarlos said that the night ban will not cover "exceptional situations" in which flights could be granted a landing permit. Nearby residents have expressed annoyance with night flights, which they report have significantly affected their quality of life. Laszlo Palkovics, the Technology Minister, said that those violating the ban will face a fine, while people living close to the airport will get a government subsidy to put in soundproof windows.

India
All train services to Puri canceled until 10 May because of damage to tracks caused by Cyclone Fani
As the severe cyclonic storm, Fani caused extensive damage to the railway tracks including Puri, Khurda and Bhubaneswar road, the train services to Puri will resume after the restoration of damaged tracks.
Defer all travel to low lying areas during passage of Cyclone Fani due to be most severely affected by Cyclone Fani. Fani remains an extremely severe cyclone (second-highest on a seven-tier scale). It made landfall at around 10.00 (local time) of 3 May in Puri (Odisha). The districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Ganjam, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nayagarh (all Odisha), East Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram (all Andhra Pradesh) are all expected to be severely affected. Fani is also forecast to impact southern districts of West Bengal state.

Indonesia, Jakarta, Bengkulu, East Java provinces
Anticipate residual disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding; plan journeys accordingly

Over the coming days, plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain and associated flash flooding. The authorities have forecast further rain until at least 6 May. While flooding since 26 April has subsided, disruption persists, especially in Bengkulu, where at least 30 people have been killed and tens of thousands evacuated. Re-confirm the status of routes with local contacts before setting out.

Ireland
Major engineering work disrupts Irish Rail between 4-13 May

Irish Rail has advised customers that services on some of its routes will be suspended between 4-13 May as it carries out repairs to some of its tracks. Irish Rail says it will provide bus transfers to passengers on all affected intercity trains to and from Heuston Station. Meanwhile, no trains will operate between Howth Junction and Malahide, but Dublin Bus are accepting rail tickets for passengers in affected areas. Passengers are advised to check timetables and whether their service is affected before travelling.

Italy
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights

Flight delays and cancellations took place on 3 May during planned strikes by employees of Air Italy and national carrier Alitalia. Monitor developments and reconfirm flights to avoid inconvenience.

Israel, Palestinian Territories

Travel disruption on 7-9 May on Independence Day, Memorial Day

Expect heightened security and travel disruption on 7-9 May. Border crossings between Israel and the West Bank are likely to be closed to Palestinians during the period.

Nepal
Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) will remain shut for 10 hours per day

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.

Nepal
Closure of Jumla Airport (JUM ) 8 May

Expect disruption, reconfirm flights during airport closure until 8 May for maintenance work on it only runway. Domestic flights operated by Tara Airlines, Sita Air, Summit Air and Nepal Airlines will be impacted.

Papua New Guinea
Air Niugini resumes flights to Aropa Airport in Kieta from 7 May after safety concerns prompt suspension

The flight resumption is made possible following the installation of solar panels which supply power to Precision Path Indicator (PAPI) lights at the airport runway. The previous solar panels were stolen by criminals resulting in the suspension of jet operations to Aropa for several months.

Turkey
Anticipate disruption, reconfirm flights at Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) until 30 May due to runway maintenance work

There will be limited operations between 11.30 to 16.30 (local time) during this period.

United States, Portland

Avoid ongoing unruly protests along 807 NE Couch Street

Members in Portland (Oregon state) should plan journeys avoiding 807 NE Couch Street due to ongoing unruly protests between rival groups.


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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.



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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.


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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.


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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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