Gatwick airport flight disruption

All arriving and departing flights from Gatwick Airport have been suspended, while reports of drones flying close to the airfield are investigated.

Gatwick Airport have advised anyone flying from the airport, or collecting someone, to check the status of their flight.

Police are working with Gatwick Airport to get the issue resolved as soon as possible.

IST Airport Update

From 1st January 2019, BA services in Istanbul, will operate from the new International Airport which is located in Arnavutkoy district on the European side of the city. The old Ataturk Airport will close for schedule services on 31st December 2018. To prepare for the move, Turkish Authorities are restricting flights to/from IST on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st December 2018.

The following British Airways services will now be cancelled:

29th December
BA680 LHR-IST

30th December
BA676 LHR-IST
BA675/677 IST-LHR

31st December
BA676/680 LHR-IST
BA677 IST-LHR

1st January
BA675 IST-LHR

Bringing medications into the UAE

The UAE (which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi) has announced that some prescribed and over the counter medicines that are available in the UK are considered controlled substances and cannot be brought into the country without prior permission from the UAE Ministry of Health.

This applies both to travellers staying in the country and those transiting through. Guidelines on carrying personal medication into the UAE and a list of controlled medicines can be found on the UAE Ministry of Health website. For further information please also see the medication section on the FCO travel advice for the UAE.

US east coast preparing for Hurricane Michael

The east coast of the US is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Michael, which is expected to reach Florida in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Experts have warned the storm may intensify as it travels over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and could potentially produce winds of 110mph later today, Tuesday 9th October.

Most airports are expected to operate as usual during Tuesday morning. However, Tallahassee International Airport has warned cancellations may be expected as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Travel advice for the US east coast and Caribbean

Later this week, hurricane Florence is forecast to bring ‘life-threatening’ weather conditions to the US states of North Carolina and South Carolina, with coastal Georgia and Virginia also threatened.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to the US east coast region, warning that the storm is expected to intensify in the coming days. Hurricane Florence has the potential to make landfall on Thursday morning in coastal North Carolina as a ‘major hurricane’ bringing 140 mph winds.

There has also been a major hurricane alert issued for the Caribbean. Hurricane Isaac is also forecast to strike on Thursday affecting several islands including St Lucia and Barbados, Antigua, Barbuda, the Dominican Republic, Grenada and the British Virgin Islands.

Please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for the most up to date information.