Reminder regarding liquids AOL NATS Air traffic controllers. London Gatwick Airport is a single runway airport. If anything goes wrong with an aircraft on the runway, you will be severely delayed.
Finnair recently voted safest airline. Finnair transported 8.8 million passengers to over 60 European and 15 Asian destinations in 2012.
Codeshares with Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, Bangkok Airways, Belavia, Czech Airlines, Flybe Nordic, Icelandair, Rossiya, TAP Portugal.
Oneworld airline alliance member.
18 October, 2013 Jorge Newberry airport flights back to normal after covert strike for the last two days.
Camera pens will be watching and recording you at Bolivian customs weborange
Brazil has World Cup 2014 and Olympics 2016, airports sub-standard and the clocks a ticking. Government owned Infraero owns 67 airports. New President Rousseff will privatize new terminals in Sao Paulo. Brazilian unions will have a lot to digest this year.
Brazilians will spend $66 billion on airports, railways, waterways and public transportation. 6,000 miles of new train tracks. Country is in an economic down turn.
Sao Paulo opening match of the World Cup on June 12, 2014
Now's your time Rio and Belo Horizonte airports up for sale. Get your bid in by September 2013.
Expect unions to object and industrial action between then and now.
Brazil's TAM and Chili's LAN are to merge, making it largest carrier in South America. LATAM Airlines
September 21, 2013 Avianca Airline has been on strike for a week. Meetings to take place Monday 23rd.
New fees come in for visitors to the Galapagos dailymail
Venezuela - Army takes over toilet paper factory
May 7, 2013 Ausberg Airways (regional flights for Lufthansa) to cease operations October 31, 2013.
Brand new Willy Brandt airport officials delay opening ETR
Augsburg Airlines closes down end of October 2013.
Brussels airport Departures New rail link opening 10 June 2012 for Brussels Airport Diabolo Rail Link
ICE Frankfurt, Köln/Cologne
Eurostar:-London- Paris will be fine. Further on Eurostar may terminate in Lille like last strike. Rest of journey with buses. Thalys:-Paris, Köln/Cologne, Aachen, Amsterdam perhaps no service Brussels Paris Amsterdam and Cologne TGV Lyon, Bordeaux, Paris-CDG airport
Zürich, Switzerland, via Luxembourg, two trains daily
Amsterdam, Luxembourg run every hour.
Announced today October 16. Strike planned for Wednesday November 6.
Greek air traffic controllers will strike from 10:00 - 13:00 UTC Time November 6.
Chances are museum and monuments will be closed. Greek ferries have already planned to strike on the 6th.
Hellenic Railways (OSE) (Trainose up for sale, real gem) Piraeus-Kifissia urban electric railway (ISAP) Looking for a taxi or limo? As well as coaches or mini-buses are available upon request. Stargroup's minibuses will be working during strike. Stargroup.org Reminder:-You may find a taxi hard to find during a general strike. Referred by a fellow traveler Athenstransfer.com
You may find archaeological sites and state museums closed during a general strike. When public transport are striking expect Athens to have extra traffic on roads, traffic jams.
Greek taxi strike?
Be prepared for delays, leave for airport early. Traffic to Athens airport maybe down to one lane. You may find ports blocked and have to lug your luggage. (Last Greek taxi strike information)
Greek customs border strike? Will effect travel between Albania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia (Macedonia), Turkey. Trucks with perishables may get a pass and passengers by humanitarian needs only.
Irish electricity workers threaten strike possible after December 16.
December 6, 2013 Although issue regarding closing Shannon base is over. The bigger issue over pension plan (shortfall of €780 million) has not gone away over the year. Crews threaten to have a strike ballot in time for Christmas.
November:-Aer Lingus management encourage passengers to have confidence in booking through Christmas as no industrial actions are planned.
We recommend you book a hotel at your airports for just in case. Cancel as you see fit.
2013 National holidays in Portugal Sunday, December 8 and Christmas Day is on a Wednesday.
Call Centre (808 208 208)
Lan Airlines Goes to South America, but you would have to catch flight from Madrid, Spain.
Portuguese EasyJet strike
Easyjet pilot strike, 5 days - 24 hours each.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Tuesday, December 24th
Thursday, 26th December,
Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31st and New Years Day.
Easyjet flies from Portugal - Lisbon Portela
Flights to:-Amsterdam, Asturias, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Bristol, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Funchal, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Milan-Malpensa, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Venice-Marco Polo.
Flights from Madeira to Bristol, Lisbon and Gatwick.
(Easyjet likely to bring in pilots from other nationalities to fill void)
Are you sending a parcel for Christmas to Portugal?
Intermittent post office strikes till new year.
27 September 2012 TAP airline up for sale
likely buyers IAG (own Iberia and BA and a percentage of Vueling) Lufthansa and Avianca - Taca, Brazilian. Update February:-Only one offer made, which was rejected came from a Brazilian investor but still may happen.
Airline will be sold by the end of the year. Are you booked with this airline for the holidays? If so, get travel insurance. Book a hotel at your airport at either end of your trip. Only cancel when you know you are safely online for your flight. Make sure you've got room on your credit card for unexplained expenses. Save all receipts. Issue will not be civil with employees. Codeshare with some huge airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines to name a few.
Flights with Carpatair might be delayed due to codesharing with Italian Airline Alitalia
Zurich Public Transport (VBZ)
Italian train strike see above Swiss trains can/will be delayed.
December 1, 2013 Heads up general strike being planned.
Nationwide Italian truck strike, starting Sunday December 8, follow along with us. Italian lorry strike
16 December Will see Bari Palese Airport workers on strike from 11 am to 3 pm. (announced Nov 4)
Rome to do:-New Vatican bones of St. Peter Dailymail ENAC Italian air traffic controllers Rome guide Tourism and travel guide, find the best of Rome
Trenitalia call centre ( 800 892,021)
Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo Express. Toll-free number
(800 892021) to provide assistance to travelers.
Coming to Italy from Switzerland? Swiss Federal Railways can be delayed coming into Italy if an Italian rail strike is going on.
Remember all Italian strikes are subject to change at the last minute! You will not be abandoned, by law a skeleton schedule must run. Book a strike proof train.
Left up so you can get a general idea of how different areas handled the general strike. Of course this is only an example. (We've noticed a new trend lately by Italian railway/transport worker unions. They don't seem to like the predictability of the below and have now started causing a slightly more irritating stance. Where each city chooses when they will strike, no more in unisom. Can be as far out as a week from original date. We will conquer this.)
Public transportation strike
June 10, 2010 Friday, 25, June, Nationwide strike, Bus, metro, tram and trains, Trenitalia, 2-6pm, local cities will have own schedule for striking. Some services are guaranteed. Remember finding a taxi can be difficult. Try to get your hotel to book you one.
* Bari from 20.00 to 24.00
* Bologna from 19.30 to 23.30
* Cagliari 9.00 to 13.00
* Florence from 16.30 to 20.30
* Genoa from 11.30 to 15.30
* Milan from 18.00 to 22.00
* Naples from 9:00 to 13
* Palermo from 9.00 to 13.00
* Rome from 8.30 to 12.30
* Torino from 17:45 to 21:45
* Venice from 10.00 to 13.00
Old information left up
Black Friday in Italy, May 24, transportation strike tomorrow. Get to your airport early, taxi's will be hard to find and may only take reservations only on strike days. Perhaps hotel concierge can help you out. Extra traffic on the roads. Buses, trams, trolley, subway and trains.
Transport will strike from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM. The strike picks up again after everyone is home for the night from 8PM till the end of service. Some transport will be running in between. Likely to effect long distant trains. Airport train Leonardo Express will be running, not as often, but will be running. Several protests are planned around the city, making maneuvering around Rome difficult.
Milan airport strike
Update Thursday Some 156 flights cancelled, 31 to and 37 from Malpensa. Linate 45 cancelled but 43 flights did leave the airport yesterday.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Milan airport strike, Linate and Milan Malpensa workers will strike for 24 hours. Your flight will be subject to delay, cancellation or bought forward. Passengers should call your airline. See Twitter and airport websites. Call center 02.232323. SeaMilano.eu
International flights will be delayed.
Iran Air due to sanctions, airline carrier's aging fleet has no spare parts.
For new year 2013 Air France - KLM, Austrian Airlines pull out flying to Tehran. Route not profitable.
July 12, 2013 Did you know Israeli embassies are on strike visa delays thejc.com Not all profit at Emirates Cityam
Big hit for all those Spanish Ma and Pa businesses. Ryanair reducing flights severely to Barcelona and Madrid after March 30, 2014. Airport taxes to double by July 1. 3.1 million passenger reduction 648 flights per week.
Spanish railway strikes
December 5, 2013 Update:- Renfe P\passengers get by with minimal service today LaVanguardia
4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29 November.
5 and 20 December.
Spanish car rentals
Spanish car rental rates have gone sky high due to fuel charges. Rates have tripled.
Value Added Tax increase end of September 2012. Price of your holiday goes up.
Hotels, hostels, restaurants, transportation buses and trains VAT will go up from 8% to 10% this also includes toilet paper. Alcohol and tobacco on the hand will go up from 18% to 21%. murciatoday 2 December, 2013 What's going on in US? Very funny check it out utube 29 November 2013 United Airline mechanics demonstrating in Denver Denver Journal
15 November Oakland Airport, San Francisco, California Don't rely on getting food or shop. Airport workers threaten strike action over Thanksgiving holiday SanFranCBSLocal
November San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART) strike is over.
Coming to America?
Need to know:-US hurricane season starts 1 June, till November, 30. This years predictions by NOAA You will have plenty of warning just follow evacuation routes if necessary. DO NOT procrastinate. Caribbean, Texas, Florida and up east coast.
American Citizens self service passport control!
Awesome news, filling up empty seats in private jets now at prices you will like, I promise you. socialflights.com
Do you need a reliable local travel agent in New England? Boston Red Sox tickets, Boston Bruins games or tours. Reliable source Milne Travel Top ten most dangerous cities in USA. Dailymail
TSA Elderly can keep shoes on, but only in Chicago's O'Hare, Portland Oregon, Denver and Orlando. You can take a pocket knife on planes now, can't be locking.
19 September 2012 Comparing US - EU passenger rules and regulations Chicago Tribune
New York City
High speed rail plans, Boston to Long Island dailymail
French travel 2013
May 13, 2013 Signed into law today. French law makers raise retirement age from 62 -65. Not sitting well with French unions.
Louvre patroled by 20 policemen daily, museum is plagued by thieves, so watch your back, leave passport in hotel.
Expect French (only) EasyJet pilots to strike Monday, November 25. EasyJet said to expect delays, not cancellations. EasyJet
24 November Roissy Ground handling workers who work for Lufthansa airlines are on strike, being replaced by English, Swiss and Spanish workers. Another strike is planned November 29 - Sunday December 1st.
Lufthansa, CityLine and Eurowings - Berlin-Tegel, Dusseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt airports.
NOP state:-A public servants strike in France 26th of November.
Starting time 25 November 18:00, ending 27 November 05:00. Expect 45 mins delay.
Participation of ATC personnel is expected to be low.
More information to come Monday afternoon.
Long French Rail Strike
25 November 2013 French rail strike, SNCF strike, Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7pm to Friday, December 13, 8am.
That's got to hurt, 160% rise in the beer tax Just-Drinks
Viewer Ray. By the way some of the rail booking sites are very variable releasing timetables/prices due to all the ongoing engineering works on the French rail network.
French air traffic controllers are expecting layoffs and new ATC rules and regulations. Even closure of some local towers.
Transavia Air France subsidiary low cost airline.
Driving into France?
Driving from UK? Law now requires cars entering France to carry selected items dailymail See where the speed camera's are thelocal New private train Thello sleeper Paris to Venice French national railway SNCF (45 euro fine for having feet up on seat)
If RER A and B are on strike. Three out of four trains will be running. Alternative transport metro, bus and Tram.
If going to Orly airport? Then take a bus or RER C
TER and TGV 0 805 90 36 35
Transiliens call toll-free numbers 08 05 70 08 05.
Hurricane season June to November.
November 10, 2013 All operations back to normal. November 8 Nevis service suspended Caribbean News Now November 5, 3013 Liat Airlines, pilot strike see advisory LIAT wishes to advise passengers who decide to travel but are unable to complete their journey due to the disruption, will not be provided with meals, transportation, hotel accommodation, etc. Passengers with onward connections are advised to contact their respective carriers.
Keeping this info up.
Information for passengers LIAT Call Centre from 7:15am: – from Antigua – 1-268-480-5582; toll free from the rest of the Caribbean – 1-888-844-5428 and from Puerto Rico and the
US Virgin Islands – 1-866-549-5428
Some of you may have trouble getting back to mainland U.S when Liat strike, forcing you to miss your international flight.
October 28, 2013 More layoffs at SkyBahamas
27 October A three day strike started today. Islamists trying to take down government. Demonstrations turn violent.
Regarding Chinese air space, 80% of it is taken up by Chinese military jets. A high percentage of civilian air traffic gets delayed because airports have lack of equipment for bad weather. Be prepared for a delay in your flight and angry Chinese passengers, don't be pushed around.
December 5, 2013 Jst what's going on with the Chinese air space LA Times High speed rail Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport airrailnews Stunning stats out for drunk driving in Xiamen/Amoy SE China, 80% of car accidents due to alcohol weirdasianews.com
China to build 70 new airports by 2015.
Monsoon Season end of May till September. Mumbai airport runway had to close several times last year due to Monsoon caused potholes.
Indian Bank Strike
Million bank employees to strike, nationwide, Thursday, December 19, 2013. Bring cash airport ATM's likely to be empty.
November 12, 2013 Air India cabin crew threaten strike action Times of India
October 25, 2013 Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Lucknow airports to be privatized. Workers on hunger strike. Managements state contingency plan in place. Issue likely to get worse. Update Issue put on hold
Going to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport? Passengers missing flights Article from Times of India
Flying in out of India? Don't get caught. In view of ATC Regulations, check in counters will close 40 minutes prior departure for domestic flights and 60 minutes prior departure for International flights at all Indian airports. All airlines to abide by new rules.
Worlds most heavily bombed nation. Millions of tons of unexploded bombs litter the landscape. Stay on the roads, travel well used routes/paths. Absolutely no running bare foot through a field.
Lets go tubing and drink scorpion snake infused whisky news.com.au
August 25 MAS flight attendants will not be ignored The Sun Daily
Out of a dictatorship. Islamic society, strike threats left right and center. Watch yourself.
12 November 2013 Nationwide general strike. Kathmandu Airport running. Election November 19. Stay indoors. Trucks buses set on fire, strike will last 9 days.
7/16/2010 Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), police telling passengers to watch out for a scam. philstar.com
Fingerprint Recognition for South Korean Airports
Other airline companies that owned or co-owned by Turkish Airlines include AnadoluJet, SunExpress, Cyprus Turkish Airlines and North Cyprus Airlines.
UK England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland
1 November Tube maintenance workers being balloted for strike action.
October 10, 2013 First Great Western being balloted for strike action.
July 7 London Overground announced company will let go of some 100 train guards on North London routes.
Aslef train drivers strike for Tuesday and Saturday, cancelled.
First Transpennine Express
Kicks off Monday, November 4 by refusing to do overtime
Tuesday November 5, 24 hours
Saturday November 9, 24 hours
October 14, 2013 Swissport Check in staff and baggage handlers threaten strike action at Manchester, Gatwick and Heathrow airports. More information to be announced. Talks have been extended.
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From Karen:-I just want to thank you for the warning...unfortunately, I did not heed it, and my husband and I, traveling from Nice to Savona, Italy, were kicked off the train at the last stop in France, Menton, along with 3 others, with no prior warning of any troubles ahead. There WAS a strike in Italy, and we had to catch a cruise that evening, so ended up splurging on a taxi to Savona. But this is a great website...keep up the good work!! We went to the Nice train station to buy tickets a couple of days before we planned to travel to Savona, and I even asked at that time if there was any word of a strike in Italy. The man looked at me and said in a very disinterested manner, "We do not know about Italy. We sell French tickets.". Well, OK then!!
Our table mates on the ship had a flight cancellation on Iberia for their return, which was to be on Easter Sunday. They ended up leaving the ship early, in Marseille, in order to get home. Too bad....
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October 12, 2013 Quebec's 23 national parks, indefinite strike action, call a head.
Canadian National Rail
2 November Deal with unions has been made. Deal has to be ratified with union members before alls well.
15 October, 13 Canadian National Railway and unions at logger heads again. Meetings to take place October 21. By law 72 hours notice must be given in advance of any strike action.
Canadian Foreign Service Strike
Still going on in September The Varcity
September 6, 2013 Tahiti general strike planned for September 10. Keep an eye on your Air France flight.
22 November 2013 Auckland Airport taxi strike might spread nationwide NZ Herald
2012 Air New Zealand named airline of the year.
Ireland Aer Lingus crews threaten strike ballot for Christmas. Libya Air traffic control go slow, cancelled
New Zealand Auckland Airport get, taxi strike.
Portugal EasyJet over Christmas New Year
Where are French tourists flocking to now a days? Algeria now top French destination, Oran, Algiers, Bejaia, Tlemcen and Constantine. Morocco Casablanca, Marrakech and Tunisia sales decline sharply.
General strike cancelled.
General strike is being planned for Monday November 18. Kotoka International likely to be effected, stay in touch with your airline - BA, TAP, Lufthansa, SAA
Kenya - Not safe for Christians
October 2012 Brussels airline, Virgin Atlantic and Gulf Air all pulled flights to Kenya.
Nairobi hotels, U.S issues warnings regarding possible bomb threats to hotels not safe for tourists Stratford
Kenyan border to Somalia closed.
Brits told to stay away from Kenyan coastline
Libyan Air Traffic Control Go Slow
Update:- 30 November ATC make deal, strike cancelled
30 November 2013 Libyan domestic flights have been delayed 15 minutes by air traffic controllers.
Libyan air traffic controllers in talks with Minister of Transport today. After ten days of talks controllers threaten strike tomorrow if deal not made after ten days of talks.
If this happens Tripoli Airport will be closed and Libya Airlines grounded.
Airlines in Nigeria do not live up to safety codes.
Strike season July and August
When SA truckers strike, Swaziland will feel it's effect quickly. Best stock up with petrol while you can.
Siliana region, 27 November general strike.
Tunisia general strike being planned Thursday December 12, 2013 transportation, airlines and airports.
Tunisian airports run by OACA are:-
Tozeur - Nefta International
Gafsa - Ksar Airport
Sfax - Thyna
Gabes Matmata Airport
Monastir Habib Bourguiba is managed by a private company on behalf of OACA
15 October 2013 Kenneth Kaunda Airport - Lusaka airport catering workers are on strike.
13 November 13 Sikhuphe International
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