2 Aug

Message from British Airways: Immigration Delays

The media are reporting on Passport Immigration queues at several European airports with customers experiencing delays due to extra checks on both arrivals and departures.

The main delay issues which ebb and flow at different parts of the day are in Lyon(LYS), Milan Linate (LIN), Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN), but other airports are affected as well especially on peak days on some of the Spanish islands.

Please advise our customers if they mention these delays that British Airways flights continue to operate as planned, these extra checks are beyond our control but we apologise for any inconvenience to their journey through the airport. We advise departing customers to allow extra time as they may experience longer queues at this busy time of the year.

1 Aug

Message from British Airways: Industrial Action by Mixed Fleet Unite – (2nd – 15th August)

All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite further industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite between Wednesday 2 August and Tuesday 15 August (inclusive). The union represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.

We expect to operate virtually a full schedule but will be merging a very small number of Heathrow services. Affected customers are being notified of their new flight details with as much notice as possible.

We are planning to operate our normal schedule of short-haul flights to and from Heathrow, with our oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways flying a small number of these services on our behalf. We will be updating all of our operational systems with the details of which flights are being served by Qatar Airways on a regular basis.

Flights to and from London Gatwick will operate as normal with the exception of the service to and from New York JFK on some days. Affected customers on these services are being contacted in advance and will be rebooked to alternative New York flights to and from Heathrow.

Flights operated by BA CityFlyer at London City and Stansted will operate as normal as will our recently launched weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

21 Jul

Message from British Airways: Threatened Industrial Action by Mixed Fleet Unite

All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations, despite 14 days of further proposed industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite between Wednesday 2 August and Tuesday 15 August (inclusive).

The union represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.

We recognise the uncertainty that Mixed Fleet Unite’s threat is causing and would like to reassure customers that the vast majority of our services will be unaffected.

We can already confirm the following details:

All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted will operate as normal as will our weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

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

We thank our customers for their support and understanding.

6 Jul

UK Weather – 6th July 2017

Thunderstorms with localised heavy rain have been forecast for today, Thursday 6th July, that may disrupt transport in the London area.

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As a precaution, airlines have been requested to reduce the number of flight operations for this morning into Heathrow. This will affect all carriers operating at LHR and is beyond our control, but we apologise to our customers for any disruption and inconvenience to their journey.

Please check your flight status before travelling to the airport.

27 Jun

US Executive Order

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to enforce its 90 day travel ban, in part, on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any ‘bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States’.

The ban, which bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days – outside of the ‘bona fide’ relationship exception, could take effect in as little as 72 hours.

We advise all travellers to check their passports and be aware of the new legislation and any updates before attempting to travel to the US.

15 Jun

Italy – Aliitalia

Alitalia has been forced to cancel several domestic and international flights scheduled for 16 June, as well as some flights in the early morning of 17 June due to a Transport Sector Strike called for Friday 16 June.

Alitalia has taken special measures to mitigate customer inconvenience and rebook the highest possible number of passengers affected by cancellations onto the first available flights. Larger capacity aircraft will operate on several domestic and international routes in order to carry as many passengers as possible.

Flights departing from Italy will operate as usual between 7am and 10am and between 6pm and 9pm Rome time on 16 June.

15 Jun

Heathrow Airport Baggage Issue

There are currently baggage issues at Terminal 3 + Terminal 5. Passengers are advised to travel with hand luggage where possible.

15 Jun

British Airways Update: JFK – Messaging for Trade Sites

We’ve been notified by the JFK Terminal 7 programme that during the next phase of construction, from 22 June to end Jan next year, there is going to be a delay getting through security at JFK. This will affect all World Traveller and WTP customers on flights departing after 17.00hrs. We are advising customers to allow an extra hour at the airport to ensure that they reach their gate on time. There is also messaging going onto ba.com (JFK page and travel news), and into MMB.

Please allow an extra hour when departing from New York JFK.

We anticipate that it will take longer than normal to complete security screening at New York JFK Terminal 7. This is due to the terminal improvement works that are taking place. Please allow an extra hour at the airport to ensure that you reach your gate on time.

We expect security screening at New York JFK Terminal 7 to take extra time from 22 June 2017 to early 2018. Please allow an extra hour at the airport to ensure that you reach your departure gate on time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the current redevelopment of the terminal. Learn more about the transformation that Terminal 7 is undergoing https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/airport-information/new-york-jfk-changes

7 Jun

Italy – Strike Action Announced

Transport workers have announced a general, 24-hour nationwide strike June 16. It will affect air and maritime traffic, train and local transportation services.

Medway Travel will monitor the on-going situation.

23 May

Terrorist Incident Manchester

Emergency services are dealing with last night’s tragic events that occurred at Manchester Arena. Manchester Victoria station will remain closed and no trains will operate. It will remain closed until at least the end of today.

Trains will be diverted, cancelled or start / terminate at alternative stations.

You are advised to AVOID the Manchester area.

Medway Travel will continue to monitor the situation across all travel platforms.