Germany – Wintry Weather Affecting Travel.

Frankfurt Airport yesterday cancelled 150 flights yesterday because of snowfall and warned that more cancellations could be expected today (Monday 10th December).

Both Munich and Dusseldorf are also currently experiencing similar delays this morning due to snow and wintry weather.

Please ensure that you check in online for your flight as this will provide the most up to date information on your departure.

Sweden : Snow update

From media reports: The Local is reporting that air traffic at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport has been grounded due to a powerful snowstorm.

Airport officials expect air traffic to remain grounded through the early afternoon, with delays persisting throughout the day.

Travellers are advised to await further information, follow developments, and to contact individual airline carriers.

Bus, metro, tram, and commuter train services in Stockholm are operating, but experiencing widespread significant delays and distruption, the news source indicated.

UK: Snow Impact to air travel (Stansted and Luton airports)

Snow has impacted travel in the UK

Stansted and Luton airports are now operational.

Airlines will be behind schedule due to delays.

Therefore, travellers are recommended to check the status of their flight before they go to the airport.

UK: Snow – Impact to air travel

Snow has impacted travel in the UK

Stansted airport is currently closed.

Luton airport has just reopened following a closure due to snow fall / local conditions

Snow is falling in the midland / southern area in the UK. Therefore, travellers are recommended to check the status of their flight before they go to the airport.

The UK Met Office has issued an ice alert.

Iberia Pre-Christmas Industrial Action.

Unions representing Iberia’s ground staff and cabin crew have announced six days of strike action, to be staged before Christmas.

The dates announced for industrial action are December 14th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st.

The strikes are being held in protest at restructuring plans announced by the airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG). The plan, announced on 9 November, aims to stem the carrier’s cash losses by mid-2013 and add €600 million to profitability by 2015.

IAG says that cutting network capacity by 15% and reducing headcount by 4,500 will help it do this. At the time, Rafael Sánchez-Lozano, Iberia’s chief executive, said: “Iberia is in fight for survival. It is unprofitable in all its markets. We have to take tough decisions now to save the company and return it to profitability. Unless we take radical action to introduce permanent structural change the future for the airline is bleak. However this plan gives us a platform to turn the business around and grow.”

The leaders of five unions representing Iberia staff – UGT, CCOO, USO, Asetma and Sictpla  – say they “will not be complicit in a plan that
would destroy Iberia” and have refused to negotiate with the airline’s management.

New BA Route To Leeds Bradford.

British Airways begins a new service between London Heathrow and Leeds Bradford Airport this weekend (Sunday 9th December).

The four times daily service will be operated using Airbus A319 aircraft and will operate to and from Heathrow Terminal 1. Prices will start from £55 for a one-way journey.

 

Italy : General Strikes Called.

Please note, if you are due to travel to Italy this Thursday 29th, or Friday 30th November, that a general strike has been called by both public and private employees.

The strike will happen between 9pm on 29th November until 9pm on the 30th November. Trains, trams, ferries and planes will be affected by the strike. Also traffic wardens, employees at ticket offices and other transport workers will go on strike. The strike has been called by labour unions over government spending cuts. An additional strike has been called on the 10th December.

A word of caution though, often these strikes are called by the various unions involved, however, not all public transport operations close down completely, IE. contrary to the impression given, therefore, please also check with your local sources and if flying, please ensure you check in online.

Finnair Super Deals To The Far East.

Fly Finnair to the Far East this winter for prices (excluding airport taxes) starting from just £49 (Delhi)! Be quick though, the selling period for this offer ends on the 11th December.

Fly from either London, or Manchester to : Hong Kong SAR, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore or India. Flights are via Helsinki, advertised as the shortcut route between Europe and Asia, due to the Trans-Siberian route flown by Finnair. There are some blackout dates, namely the Christmas holidays, but depending upon your destination, travel to some destinations is permitted right through to 30 June 2013.

Finnair is a One World alliance carrier : http://www.oneworld.com/

Yellow Fever Certificate – Important Update.

We have recently received an update from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office regarding yellow fever certificates.

Namely, if you intend to visit Australia, but have recently been to a country which carries a risk of yellow fever transmission, then you must now be in possession of a yellow fever certificate.

A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers aged one year or older entering Australia within six days of having stayed overnight, or longer, in a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. The World Health Organization list of countries with a risk of yellow fever is available via the following link :
http://www.nathnac.org/ds/c_pages/documents/WHOYFrisk2011.pdf

Please note that the same requirement/scenario also applies to people wishing to visit South Africa.

Fly The Dreamliner!

LOT Polish Airlines will be the first European airline to fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and for a short period only this brand new aircraft will be operating between London Heathrow and Warsaw.

So, if you’d like the chance to see what all the fuss is about, the Dreamliner will be operating on the following dates : 21, 22, 29, 30 & 31st December 2012 and the 1st and 2nd January 2013.