Italy: threat of strike action at airports in Italy, 23 February

Pilots and flight attendants at Alitalia, Citiliner, Air Italy and cabin crew at MeridianaFly plan a 24-hour nationwide strike. The strikes are due to run from 00:01am local time. Italian Ryanair and Volotea crews intend to stage a four-hour strike the same day from 2pm until 6pm local time.
At Bologna Airport, Alpina workers plan… strike action from 11am until 3pm local time.

Workers at Milano MXP Malpensa Airport workers are planning a 24-hour strike.


Staff at Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli will plan to strike between 11am and 3pm local time.


Aviapartner baggage handlers intend to strike for 24 hours at Turin Airport TRN and Venice Airport.

Ground transportation strike in Barcelona

Taxi drivers and metro workers threaten to go on strike in Barcelona between 27 February and 2 March


La Razon reported taxi drivers and metro workers from TMB, the main public transport operator in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, are threatening to go on strike during the next edition of the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona from 27 February until 2 March, 2017.


Last year Barcelona Metro workers staged a two-day strike coinciding with the biggest mobile industry convention in the world, disrupting thousands of visitors.

USA Weather Warning

USA Weather Warning: Thousands of flights cancelled on 9 February as major winter storm system moves through northeastern region.

Airlines had already cancelled more than 2,300 flights for Thursday and nearly all were waiving change fees as a fast-moving winter storm threatened to bring heavy snow to portions of the Northeast.

The storm was forecast to swipe a large area of the Northeast, possibly snarling flights at airports from Pennsylvania and New Jersey north into New York state and coastal New England. The airports in the Baltimore-Washington metro area also could be affected as forecasts called for rain changing to snow, though conditions were not expected to be as bad as to the north.

BA pledges to fly all passengers during upcoming strikes

British Airways has pledged to fly all passengers to their destinations through two sets of forthcoming strikes by cabin crew.

The airline plans to run more than 99% of all services from Heathrow, with a “very small number” of short haul flights being merged during next week’s planned three-day walkout from February 5.

This will mean some people will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than originally booked, according to the airline.

“We are contacting those customers with the options available to them,” BA said.

The airline revealed reiterated its stance against union claims of “poverty pay” for mixed fleet cabin crew.

“More than 9,000 cabin crew, represented by a different Unite branch, today voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal,” BA revealed.

“Our pay offer for mixed fleet cabin crew is consistent with deals agreed with more than 90% of British Airways colleagues, including many Unite members.

“The offer also reflects pay awards given by other companies in the UK and will ensure that rewards for mixed fleet remain in line with those for cabin crew at our airline competitors.

Heathrow long haul flights and services to and from Gatwick and London City airport are planned to operate as normal during the industrial action being taken by Unite union members of BA’s mixed fleet crew on February 5-7.

“The details of our schedule for February 9–11, when the union has proposed further industrial action, will be confirmed on Thursday,” BA added.

“We will again ensure that all our customers travel to their destinations.”

United States bans travel from seven countries

At 4:42pm On Friday, 27 January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”, temporarily barring people from seven, named countries from entering the country.


What does the travel ban mean?
The order suspends the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days; and denies entry to anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, regardless of visa status, for 90 days. This ban extends to people with dual nationality including any of the countries named.
The executive orders took immediate effect although their impact has been curtailed in part by New York and Boston Federal court rulings.


What has the immediate impact been?
• Passengers have been denied boarding on flights to the US; and several people already on planes flying to the US at the time of the order being signed have been detained on arrival.
• Google is reported to have called its travelling employees back, in case the order prevents their return.
• A number of protests have taken place at airports in the US, including in New York (JFK), Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oregon, Boston, Dallas and Minnesota.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are among airlines to offer impacted passengers the chance to re-book flights or to request refunds.

What should I do?
If you are travelling to the United States or transiting through the country, we have set out the following advice.
• If you have flights book to the United States or transiting the United States, and have any doubts as to whether you will be denied entry, check with your airline.
• If you decide to cancel or postpone travel, contact GTM for advice on how to proceed.
• If you are already in the United States and plan to leave the country – for any reason – check with your airline to determine whether you will be granted re-entry in to the United States.
• If you are in doubt as to your current visa status and restrictions, contact GTM and take advantage of the GTM Visa Service.
As usual, our travel consultants can provide advice on any flight bookings and provide the latest information on visa requirements and restrictions.
Source of airport protests:

British Airways Proposed industrial action 19 – 21 January 2017



All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January despite proposed industrial action.

As part of their contingency plan, they will be merging a very small number of flights to and from Heathrow. This will mean some customers will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than their original booking. Customers affected are being contacted with the options available for them.


Advice for customers:

· All flights to and from London Gatwick will operate as normal

· All flights to and from London City will operate as normal

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

· As part of our contingency plan, they will be merging a very small number of flights to and from Heathrow. This will mean some customers will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than their original booking

· Customers affected are being contacted with the options available for them.

· Customers should be advised to check Manage My Booking for the status of their flight




British Airways – Threatened industrial action – 19-21 January 2017


The trade union Unite has announced that it intends to hold a further set of industrial action involving one of our five cabin crew fleets on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 January 2017

British Airways contingency plans, which were successful during the previous two days of industrial action, will once again ensure that all of our customers will travel to their destinations.

They will publish their plans on Monday 16 January to customers, who have bookings on the days of threatened industrial action


London Tube union threatens walkout on 6 February



The RMT union has set the date for its next bout of industrial action on the Tube.


Describing this week’s walkout as “rock-solid strike action,” the union today announced members will carry out further industrial action on 6 February. Further, escalated strike action will be called unless London Underground management meets RMT’s demands on station staffing and safety.


An ongoing overtime ban also remains in place.


Transport for London (TfL) and London Underground are yet to comment on the announcement.

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Gatwick Airport Terminal Moves.

Three of London Gatwick Airport’s biggest carriers will move terminals later this month (January 2017), with the transition staggered over a 72-hour period of reduced operations.

EasyJet, which currently operates flights from both of Gatwick’s terminals, will move all its flights to the North Terminal from January 24. And from January 25 all British Airways flights will depart from the South Terminal and all Virgin Atlantic flights will depart from the North Terminal!

The changes are designed to improve the experience for passengers at Gatwick with new facilities including enhanced technology at check-in, security and immigration.

Please ensure that you check which terminal your flight is departing from if it is with one of the aforementioned airlines.

UK Winter Weather for 11-12 January



Gales in the north of the UK and Northern Ireland have been disrupting transport with flights at Leeds (LBA), Manchester (MAN), Newcastle (NCL), Glasgow (GLA), Edinburgh (EDI), Aberdeen (ABZ) and Belfast (BHD) affected by the weather.

Delays may continue throughout the evening.

Poor weather is forecast for tomorrow with snow and heavy rain expected.