Travel Alert France: Air France strike planned for 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th May

Strike action is due to take place in France on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th May, causing disruption and delays to travel plans. The four strike days have been agreed by three unions representing workers for Air France in the latest in a long-running pay dispute with management.

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US travellers face delays due to enhanced security checks

Passengers travelling from the United States may experience longer waiting times due to extra security checks. Airlines are advising customers to arrive two or three hours early for flights and some have taken on extra staff to question passengers during check in. The additional security screening has been ordered by US president Donald Trump and could involve questioning and inspection of phones and laptops, after plans to ban electronic devices in aircraft cabins was revoked. The security checks will ensure the safety and security of passengers.


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JFK Terminal 7 improvement delayed

The improvement works to the security area at New York JFK Terminal 7 have been postponed. Work will now begin later in 2017, and this means that customers travelling over the summer will no longer need to allow an extra hour at the airport. New dates will be advised as soon as they are available.


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Air France strike action

Air France has warned of flight disruption, last minute cancellations and delays due to a six-day strike, lasting until 2nd August, by several cabin crew unions. The French action is in protest at the liberalisation of European airspace by the EU, which would eliminate national air traffic controls in favour of an "open sky" plan.

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Disruption predicted as Greek air traffic controllers strike

Greece's Federation of Civil Aviation unions have announced air traffic controllers will strike from Monday 20th to Friday 28th June. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, issuing an updated travel advisory, warned: “There’s likely to be some disruption to a number of domestic and international flights in Greece, but it’s not yet clear which airports or services will be affected.”

If you are concerned your travel plans may be disrupted or need further information please contact your Traveleads teams on 0113 245 7745 or 0131 718 4000 for further information.

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Further disruption as French strikes continue

National strike action is due to take place in France from the 1st-2nd June, 3rd-5th June and the 14th June, causing disruption and delays to travel plans.

French air traffic control will work on a reduced capacity for at least 24 hours from tomorrow morning, following similar action since March.

Rail workers in France are also planning to strike from tomorrow, which will lead to severe cuts in national train services. In Paris, Metro and suburban train services will also be reduced, when employees go on strike.

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Travellers warned to allow extra time for US departures

Passengers travelling from the US are being advised to arrive early due to long queues at security check points. In some cases passengers have had to queue for upto three hours and have missed their flights. Airports that appear to have the worst queues are in New York, Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago.

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Delays on Virgin Trains West Coast services

Rail commuters using the West Coast Main Line service are being warned of delays of up to 90 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast services between London Euston and Glasgow Central.

A broken down engineering train near Carnforth is causing disruption to trains between Preston and Carlisle. Engineers are working to rectify the issue and move the train so that all lines can be reopened.

There is no firm estimate yet on how long this will last, but it is likely to continue until at least 5pm. When the line reopens, trains may still be disrupted until the end of service.

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Italian air traffic controllers strike

Disruption to flights will be likely due to planned industrial action by Italian Air Traffic Controllers on Saturday 9th April. The hours of the industrial action are 0800GMT (10:00 Italian time) – 1600GMT (18:00 Italian time). It may be necessary for airlines to make adjustments to flight programmes for those flights that are scheduled to operate to and from Italy during the strike hours. If you are concerned the strike may affect your travel plans please contact your Traveleads teams on 0113 245 7745 or 0131 718 4000.

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Virgin Trains: Service Delays and Cancellations

Virgin Trains are running a limited train service between Carlisle and Glasgow via a diversionary route which will add an additional 90 minutes journey time.

Customers travelling on trains to and from Scotland are urged to check before they travel after it was confirmed that Lamington Viaduct, just outside Lockerbie, on the West Coast Mainline is to remain closed throughout January while engineers carry out repairs to the damage caused by Storm Frank.

It is anticipated that services will be disrupted until 01st February 2016.

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