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Ecuador: Defer travel to southern Isabela island due to eruption of Sierra Negra volcano
Travellers are best advised to defer travel to southern Isabela island (Galapagos province) in the coming days following an eruption of Sierra Negra volcano. The Secretariat of Risk Management issued an orange alert (third-highest level on a four-tier scale) on 26 June for areas near the volcano; at least 250 people were evacuated. Tourist activity around the volcano and in El Cura area (Isabela) has been suspended, though Galapagos National Park (Santa Cruz island) remains open. While Seymour (GPS, Baltra island) and San Cristobal (SCY, San Cristobal island) airports are operating normally, short-notice flight disruption is possible; members should maintain flexible itineraries.
France: Air traffic controllers to strike at Marseille Airport
Air traffic controllers have called for local industrial action at the Marseille area control centre on 30 June and 1 July. The strike is scheduled to include the morning shift on 30 June and the evening shift on 1 July, ending early in the morning on 2 July. Passengers flying in or out of Marseille Airport are advised to contact their carrier well in advance of departure to check their flight status. Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Nice, Marseille and Lyon are affected on both days. Ryanair flights from Dublin will also be affected on both days, although the airline has said that it has contacted all affected customers via email or text message.
Indonesia: Anticipate disruption following fresh volcanic activity at Mount Agung (Revised)
Travelling to Bali (Bali province) and Lombok (West Nusa Tenggara province) islands and East Java province should monitor developments and anticipate possible short-notice flight disruption following a fresh eruption at Mount Agung volcano on 28 June. The eruption prompted the closure of provincial capital Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS, Bali) on 29 June, resulting in nearly 450 flight cancellations. Members should maintain flexible itineraries as further flight disruption is possible during periods of volcanic activity.
Japan and Taiwan: EVA Airways, Tigerair cancel Okinawa flights on 1 July because of Tropical Storm Prapiroon
EVA Airways and Tigerair Taiwan announced Saturday that flights between Taiwan and Okinawa in Japan will be canceled on Sunday due to Tropical Storm Prapiroon. EVA Air flights BR112, BR186, BR113 and BR185 between Taoyuan and Okinawa will be canceled, as well as Tigerair Taiwan flights IT232, IT233, IT2232 and IT2233 between the two destinations.Tigerair Taiwan flights IT288 and IT289 between Kaohsiung and Okinawa will also be canceled, according to the budget carrier. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, Prapiroon was centered about 500 kilometers east of Taipei, moving at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour in a north-northwesterly direction, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data showed.
Qatar: Gulf states to raise aviation dispute with ICJ
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt will raise an aviation dispute with Qatar with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after criticising the competence of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The announcement came after the ICAO considered a request by Doha to end an airspace ban on Qatari aircraft introduced by the Gulf states in June 2017 after the start of an economic blockade against the country.
Anticipate travel disruption during adverse weather
People travelling to or from the capital Moscow on 1 July should anticipate potential disruption during a forecast storm; strong winds, heavy rainfall, hail and thunder are expected. While all of the capital's airports are currently operating normally, reports have warned of possible flight delays or cancellations. The official fan zone on Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football championship was closed on 30 June in anticipation of the adverse weather conditions.
Authorities detain man at Moscow airport after false bomb threat
A man was detained at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport after falsely stating he was carrying an explosive device. The man reportedly made the claim when passing through a security check, according to a statement released by the airport. It is reported that no bomb had been found after searching the individual and that the airport was functioning as normal. The incident comes as Russia is hosting the soccer World Cup in 11 cities, including Moscow, where air traffic has increased during the month-long tournament.
Saudi Arabia: Riyadh warns travellers over new flight restrictions
The Saudi Arabian General Civil Aviation Authority issued a press statement warning passengers travelling on direct flights to the US of new restrictions on carrying powdered goods. The warning follows new rules issued by the US Transportation Security Administration which will forbid passengers from carrying more than 350 ml of powder in hand luggage from 30 June. The regulation affects all powders, including baby milk and cosmetics. The US typically increases restrictions on carry-on items in response to specific attack threats.
South Africa: Plan journeys accounting for potential disruption due to heavy rainfall, flooding until 2 July
Western Cape province over the coming days should plan journeys to account for potential disruption due to adverse weather conditions. According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), heavy rainfall and consequent flooding is expected in Cape Town, Cape Winelands, and Overberg on 1-2 July. Travellers should reconfirm the status of routes before setting out, and allow additional time to complete journeys during poor weather.
Vietnam: Maintain flexible itineraries, anticipate disruption during monsoon season
Northern and central provinces should anticipate intermittent disruption to travel and essential services during the monsoon season, which will last through September. Heavy rain since late June has led to severe flooding and landslides in the northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau, Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Thai Nguyen. Mountainous and low-lying areas are most susceptible to monsoon-related disruption, though urban areas also remain prone to flash flooding due to ill-equipped drainage and sewage systems.