29 Mar

Alitalia Strike

Members of Italian trade unions Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Ugl-Ta, USB and CUB have confirmed a 24-hour industrial action on 5 April 2017.

To minimize disruptions, Alitalia has been forced to cancel several flights and modify its domestic and international flight schedule between the late evening of 4 April and the early morning of 6 April.

The airline has taken measures to minimise inconvenience to its customers, by rebooking as many of the passengers affected by cancellations on the first available flights.

22 Mar

UK Hand Luggage Restrictions

The UK Government has updated security requirements for cabin baggage on direct flights from the following countries to the UK:-

  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • Tunisia

All customers on direct flights from these destinations will not be able to carry laptops, tablets and larger mobile phones in their cabin baggage. Only mobile phones smaller than the following dimensions will be allowed in the cabin:- Length: 16cm x Width: 9.3cm x Depth: 1.5cm. Customers should either not travel with these larger items or check them into their hold luggage.

22 Mar

Ryanair Passengers Due To Travel Urged To Check In Today

Ryanair is urging all customers due to travel on Wednesday and Thursday to check in online today as its website is due to go offline for eight hours.

Both ryanair.com and the airline’s mobile app will close for a systems upgrade at 6.30pm (Wednesday) until 2.30am on Thursday.

This will mean that Ryanair’s online check-in service will not be available during this time and new bookings or changes to existing flights will not be possible during the web closure.

21 Mar

US Electronics Ban

The US is barring passengers from bringing electronic devices larger than a cell phone as carry-on items, from 8 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

The US government is temporarily barring passengers on nonstop US-bound flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and some other electronics in carry-on luggage starting Tuesday.

The ban, which apparently applies to all devices except cellphones, was revealed Monday in statements from Royal Jordanian Airlines and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. US airlines however, will not be affected by the ban, according to a US airline official briefed on the matter.

A US official said the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries.

Details to follow as received.

16 Mar

Finland – strike 17Mar

Key Message from British Airways

A strike at Helsinki Airport has the potential to disrupt Finnair services tomorrow, Friday 17th March 2017.

Please note that British Airways are planning to operate a normal schedule.

16 Mar

French Airport Strikes

18th – 20th March

Two unions representing nearly 50 percent of Air Frances cabin crew called to strike for 3 days from March 18.

15 Mar

US East Coast Weather Update

There are widespread travel delays across the United States East Coast with thousands of cancelled flights.

Expectation is a return to near normal by Thursday afternoon / Friday as the snow is cleared and the back log of passengers are attended to.

9 Mar

British Airways – BERLIN and NEW YORK 10MAR disruption

Dear Travel Partners

Operations at Berlin Tegel (TXL) will be severely affected tomorrow due to a strike by airport workers, this industrial action is affecting all airlines.

Heavy snow is forecast for the New York area tomorrow, which has the potential to disrupt services.

Latest information

• All British Airways services to/from Berlin TXL tomorrow (10 March) will be cancelled shortly (9 BA and 2 CityFlyer flights)
• BA117/172 LHR-JFK-LHR 10MAR will now be cancelled
• BA001/002 LCY-JFK-LCY 10MAR will also be cancelled
• Customers will be re-accommodated onto the next available flight where possible
• Please note that flight loads from Berlin are high due to a trade fair taking place

6 Mar

Cashless payment at Heathrow, Gatwick and North American airports

From 1 April 2017, British Airways will be unable to accept cash payments at many of the airports we operate from, such as London Heathrow, London Gatwick and in North America. This includes all types of payments, such as for extra bags, additional/exit row seats, changes to tickets, service charges, etc.

Customers who cannot pay with a credit or debit card should check with a member of our airport staff for available options for converting cash to a payment card as this varies by airport:

  • London Heathrow: customers can buy a Multi-Currency Cash Passport from Travelex
  • North America: customers can either buy a Multi-Currency Cash Passport from Travelex, or use Cash-to-Credit card kiosks to convert cash into a prepaid debit card for a $5 charge per transaction. Any charges associated with the use of a cash conversion machine are collected by the company who owns and operates the machine.

Customers using prepaid debit cards should not throw them away until travel is complete, even if the card is empty. If we need to refund any costs, we will be returning these to their original form of payment.

6 Mar

France Strike Action

6 Mar 10 Mar STRIKE – Air France traffic controllers strike on 6-10 March expected to disrupt up to 80 percent of domestic connections. Long-distance flights should be unaffected. Details
6 Mar 10 Mar STRIKE – French air traffic controllers in Brest, Aix-en-Provence and Bordeaux have called for a 5-day strike which may impact flights to/from France. UK FCO. Details
5 Mar 6 Mar STRIKE – UPDATE – British Airways has cancelled at least 40 flights Mach 6 due to the first French air-traffic control strike of the year. Reconfirm flights prior. Details