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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Cancelled flights due to adverse weather

High winds across parts of the UK and northern Europe will affect some short-haul and domestic flights on Thursday 2 March.

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.

For safety reasons NATS has to allow greater space between landing aircraft in high winds and this has resulted in a reduced number of aircraft being allowed to land each hour at Heathrow.

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British Airways apologises for delays after 'worldwide computer outage'

British Airways has apologised to passengers for delays after an IT glitch hit check-in systems.

Angry travellers complained of hours queuing at airports and some reported they had been told the problem was worldwide.

Responding to passengers on Twitter, the airline wrote: "We apologise to our customers for the delay and we appreciate their patience as our IT teams work to resolve this issue."

It added: "Our colleagues are doing everything possible to check in customers for their journey."


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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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French strike may cause travel disruption

Passengers travelling to France this week are being advised that they may face disruption due to a planned national strike over the next few days.

The industrial action is expected to affect both air traffic controllers and airport staff in France, which may lead to flight cancellations and delays.

Air traffic controllers are expected to take action on Thursday (May 19), although airport workers could stage short-team stoppages at Paris’ Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports from Tuesday (May 17).

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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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