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Thursday 26th October 2017

Tighter security on US flights comes into force today (Thursday 26th October 2017)

Tighter screening procedures come into force today for all flights entering the US, prompting fears of delays for passengers.

Some airlines are advising passengers to check in earlier for flights, but British Airways insisted its flights would be operating as normal.

Airlines had been given 120 days to meet the new regulations which require additional checks on passengers.

Lufthansa Group, which includes Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings, said travellers to the US might face 'short interviews' at check-in or at the gate.

Air France said it would begin the new procedures today at Paris Orly Airport but a week later, on November 2, at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

It said the extra screening would mean questionnaires handed to all passengers.'¨

Emirates said it was starting 'pre-screening interviews' at check-in desks and boarding gates in Dubai, while Cathay Pacific said US-bound passengers would be subject to a 'short security interview'.

Royal Jordanian said it would begin the new procedures in mid-January after US authorities granted its request for a delay in implementing the measures

 

 

 

Friday 21st July 2017

British Airways - Industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite– 02Aug-15Aug 2017

BA recognise the uncertainty that Mixed Fleet Unite’s threat is causing and would like to reassure customers that the vast majority of their services will be unaffected.

They can already confirm the following details:
 All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal as will our weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

The vast majority of flights to and from London Heathrow will continue to operate as normal.

 If you currently have a booking, please ensure that your email and phone details are up to date by using Manage My Booking on our website, so that we can continue providing you with updates on your flight.

 Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

Thursday 13th July 2017

Travel to the United States: Electronics ban lifted

Kuwait Airways, Royal Jordanian and Royal Air Maroc passengers can now take laptops in the cabin on US-bound flights

 

Wednesday 12th July 2017

Hop Strike 13-18 July 2017

Pilots for the low-cost Air France airline Hop! have confirmed that they will strike over the long July 14 weekend, after talks with the unions broke down
The pilots’ syndicates SNPL and Flight Union Cockpit had first given notice of plans to strike several weeks’ ago, and despite Air France’s attempts to keep a full service over the holiday period, it has now been confirmed that the strike will go ahead from July 13 to 18

 

Friday 07th July 2017

British Airways - Industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite– 19Jul-01Aug 2017

All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite a further 14 days of threatened industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.
Mixed Fleet Unite has said it will take industrial action between Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August (inclusive).
BA recognises the uncertainty that Mixed Fleet Unite’s threat is causing and would like to reassure customers that the vast majority of their services will be unaffected.
They can already confirm the following details:
All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal as will their weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.
The vast majority of flights to and from London Heathrow will continue to operate as normal.
Please ensure that your email and phone details are up to date by using ba.com Manage My Booking so that they can continue providing updates on their flight.

 

Friday 07th July 2017

Travel to the United States: Electronics ban lifted

The ban on electronic devices in aircraft cabins from Doha Hamad International Airport, Dubai International airport, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul Atatürk Airport  to the US airports has been lifted with immediate effect. Needless to say, this is great news for us and our customers

 

Friday 07th July 2017

Vilnius Airport

From 14 July until 18 August 2017, Vilnius Airport runway will be under reconstruction
All flights will be diverted to Kaunas Airport

 

Tuesday 13th June 2017

British Airways - Industrial action called off by Mixed  Fleet Union

The airline confirmed the action due to take place between June 16 to June 19 has been cancelled and all flights will operate as scheduled.

 

Monday 12th June 2017

Flights affected by Tropical Cyclone Merbok
Please note that the tropical cyclone warning signal no. 8 will be hoisted early evening today. Merbok is expected to make landfall within 50 kilometers of Hong Kong before midnight tonight, and will dissipate gradually tomorrow.
Cathay Pacific is closely monitoring the potential impact of weather conditions. Flight operations will continue to take place where possible but the situation is subject to change.

Please check Flight Status before departing for the airport and allow more time for travelling to and from the airport.

 

Monday 12th June 2017

British Airways - Strike dates announced for industrial action

 

All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite four further days of threatened industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.
Mixed Fleet Unite has said it will take industrial action between Friday 16 June and Monday 19 June (inclusive).
British Airways will publish their contingency plans in the coming days, for customers who have bookings on the days of threatened industrial action.

 

 

Tuesday 6th June 2017
Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt cut ties with Qatar over terrorism

All flights between these countries and Doha are suspended until further notice 

 

 

Friday 26th May 2017

Italy and Alitalia strike

Please note this coming Sunday 28th May will be a strike by air traffic controllers in Italy and some Alitalia staff

 

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 

Alitalia enters bankruptcy process

 

Alitalia is to enter bankruptcy proceedings after its employees rejected a plan to restructure the troubled Italian airline. The carrier said its flights would continue to operate as normal while administrators try to come up with a financial rescue package. Its employees have already voted against a plan to cut jobs and salaries, which would have allowed Alitalia to secure new funds. Alitalia said in a statement that Italian shareholders and Etihad, which owns 49% of the airline, had been 'committed to recapitalise and finance the plan with €2 billion euros', but that without the approval of workers, it could not go ahead. The Italian government has given Alitalia €6 billion over 10 years and it has given the airline a €400 million bridging loan to allow it to keep operating during the bankruptcy process, but it has ruled out re-nationalising or providing further funds.

 

Thursday 13 April 2017

Strike announced by the unions of airport security Companies between13 to 17 April

Due to the announced strike TAP recommends all passengers to travel if possible without hand luggage to avoid additional waiting periods at luggage control

 

 

Thursday 13 April 2017

Cyclone Cook Weather Warning

Tropical Cyclone Cook is currently affecting New Zealand and causing disruptions to our flights into and out of New Zealand airports. This will likely continue throughout the weekend.

Customers booked to fly into and out of any New Zealand ports are advised to keep an eye on the Air New Zealand Arrivals and Departures page for up to date information.

Flights into and out of the following regional ports have been cancelled for the rest of the night, Thursday 13 April 2017:

  • Rotorua
  • Tauranga
  • Hamilton
  • Blenheim
  • Nelson
  • Napier

 

Wednesday 5th April 2017

Strike action by HOP! from 07 to 08 April 2017

 

Further to a call for strike action issued by several HOP! ground staff and cabin crew unions, for the period from April 07 to 08, 2017, flight schedule operated by HOP! will be disrupted on those two days.

Long Haul flights, as well as Air France flights operated by Air France "Airbus" aircraft, or an aircraft of other airlines, will not be affected by this strike.

We offer you rebooking options at no extra cost, whatever the fare paid. Please Read

 

 

Tuesday 28th March 2017

ALITALIA STRIKE 5 APRIL 2017

Trade Unions Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti, Ugl-Ta, USB and CUB have confirmed a 24-hour industrial action on 5 April 2017.

 

To minimize disruptions, Alitalia was forced to cancel several flights and modify its domestic and international flight schedule between the late evening of 4 April and the early morning of 6 April.

 

On 5 April, flights departing during the “guaranteed period” between 7am and 10 am and from 6pm to 9pm Rome time will operate as scheduled.

Alitalia customers already holding confirmed tickets for travels from the late evening of 4 April to the early morning of 6 April, should contact Alitalia at the toll-free number 800.65.00.55 (within Italy) or +39.06.65649 (from overseas), or contact the travel agent where they purchased the ticket, in order to check the status of their flights, before going to the airport.

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017

The US and UK are banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey.

The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution.

It covers inbound flights on nine airlines operating out of 10 airports. Phones are not affected.

British Airways and EasyJet are among the affected by the UK ban. Read More

The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

10 airports affected Read More

 

 

Thursday 16th March 2017

AIR FRANCE CABIN CREW STRIKE FROM 18 TO 20 MARCH 2017

A call for strike action has been issued by several Air France cabin crew unions, for the period from March 18 to 20, 2017. Air France continues to favour social dialogue to find compromise solutions. It is too early to have a clear view of the outcome of these talks and the consequences of this strike action on our flight schedule. Please note that Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP! would not be affected by this strike. Without waiting, we offer you rebooking options at no extra cost, whatever the fare paid.

Read More 

 

Friday 10th March 2017

STRIKE ACTION OF GROUND STAFF AT BERLIN'S AIRPORTS

Due to strike action of ground staff at Berlin’s airports Schönefeld and Tegel there is severe disruption of air traffic from 10 March approx. 4 a.m. until 11 March approx. 5 a.m. After the end of the strike action restrictions in air traffic may continue.

We kindly request all passengers to enquire about the current status of their flights before travelling to the airport.

 

 

Monday 6th March 2017

Bangkok - Runway maintenance to cut Suvarnabhumi's capacity from March 3 to May 2

Airline schedules will be affected at Suvarnabhumi airport, with fewer flights per hour, during two-months of maintenance and repairs to the takeoff runway and taxiway

TG recommends to avoid too short connexions

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Monday 6th March 2017

FRENCH ATC STRIKE 6-10 March 2017

The French Civil Aviation Authority has told airlines to reduce their flight schedules in France by 25%. More than 1,000 flights are expected to be cancelled

Brest and Bordeaux control centres will be affected from 5am today until 7pm on Friday. The strike will also impact services flying over France, including flights from the UK, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Please check with your travel agent or check your airline website

 

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Storm Doris causes flight delays and cancellations

Storm Doris will affect some of BA short haul and domestic flights on Thursday 23 February as it moves across the UK and into northern Europe.

Due to the poor weather forecast, it has been agreed between Heathrow Airport, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and airlines using the airport to slightly reduce the number of overall flights in the schedule

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Tuesday 21st February 2017

ALITALIA Strike on 23rd February 2017

Due to Alitalia Personnel Strike called on 23rd February, Alitalia flights might be delayed or cancelled

Please check with your travel agent

 

Monday 20th February 2017

BRITISH AIRWAYS - Threatened industrial action - 22-25 February 2017

Mixed Fleet Unite has announced that it intends to hold a further period of industrial action involving one of BA five cabin crew fleets on Wednesday 22, Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017.

BA will once again ensure that all our customers will travel to their destinations and will publish their contingency plans over the weekend (18/19Feb) to customers, who have bookings on the four further proposed days of threatened industrial action.

Keep checking ba.com for latest information

 

 

Monday 13th February 2017

BA - Threatened industrial action - 17-20 February 2017

Mixed Fleet Unite has announced that it intends to hold a further period of industrial action involving one of BA five cabin crew fleets on Friday 17, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 February 2017.

BA will once again ensure that all customers will travel to their destinations and will publish their contingency plans on Tuesday 14 February to customers, who have bookings on the four proposed days of threatened industrial action.

Keep checking ba.com for latest information

 

Monday 6th February 2017

International travelers entering the U.S

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington  on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. 

The Department of State had, under the Executive Order, provisionally revoked all valid visas of nationals of those seven countries, with limited exceptions.  That provisional revocation is now lifted, and those visas are now valid for travel to the United States, if the holder is otherwise eligible

Read more

 

Friday 3nd February 2017

Potential strike at Norway airports

Ground staff at Wideroe, SAS and Norwegian, represented by the union Junit, will hold talks with the airlines on the 4th February concerning a dispute involving pay and working conditions, E24 has reported.

 

If the parties fail to reach an agreement, strike action could take place at Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Bodo airports in Norway from Sunday 5th February 2017. It has been reported that Oslo airport is set to escape the first strike series

 

 applied to an Antwerp court for bankruptcy protection, presenting a turnaround plan that envisaged a return to profit in mid-2017. The court agreed to temporary protection

 

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 

 Air France pilot strike from June 24-27 has been suspended

  

Friday 10th June 2016

11-14June - Air France Pilot Strike Announcement

Further to the call for strike action issued by several airline pilot unions, for the period from June 11 to 14, our flight schedule operated by Air France is disrupted as of Saturday, June 11, 2016. Please note that Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, are not affected by this strike.

For June 11, we plan to operate more than 90% of our long haul flights, 90% of our domestic flights, and around 75% of our medium-haul flight to and from Paris - CDG. Last minute disturbances are not excluded.

Our flight schedule for June 11 is up to date. For the next days, from June 12 to 14, according to the estimate of the number of employees on strike, our flight schedule will be adapted accordingly and published the day before your departure.

How to know if my flight is operated by an Air France aircraft? From this moment, we invite you to check your travel in the « Your reservations » section. If your flight is planned "operated by KLM", or any other partner airline, the call for strike will not affect your journey. If the flight is operated by Air France, we advise you, before going to the airport, to check flight information updated in real-time on our website, in the “Flight and airport info” section.

In the meantime, we would like to assure you that our teams are fully mobilized and will do their utmost to assist you and minimize the impact of this industrial action on your travel plans.

If you are travelling on a flight operated by Air France, we propose you to anticipate or postpone your departure to avoid the period from 11 to 14 June 2016 if you have the opportunity.

- You may anticipate your trip on June 10, 2016, or postpone your trip from June 15 to June 21, 2016 included, at no extra cost in the same ticketed cabin. You can make these changes on this website*, in the "Your reservations" section, on our mobile sites or from your travel agent.

- To postpone your trip beyond June 21, 2016, to change your origin or destination or if you no longer wish to travel, you can receive of a non-refundable voucher valid one year on Air France, KLM or Hop! In this case, you may contact your travel agent.

How to stay informed? To be notified personally by text message or e-mail, we invite you to update your contact information (phone and / or e-mail) in your reservation file on our website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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