Over 6,000 arrests involving members of the military and judiciary have been made across Turkey since the failed coup attempt during Friday evening 15 July 2016. A small group within Turkey’s First Army, whose headquarters are in Istanbul, allegedly planned the attempt; despite the Turkish soldiers appearing to have taken control of key areas within Ankara and Istanbul with a display of tanks in the streets and the closure of two bridges across the Bosphorus, they did not receive military or civilian support and were forced to surrender within a few hours.
Turkey’s security situation will remain fluid over the coming days as it tries to stabilise and deal with the aftermath of the failed coup. Sporadic clashes between police and further suspects remain possible; travellers in Turkey should proceed with extreme caution, particularly within Istanbul and Ankara and only during daylight hours.
An emergency timetable has been put in place on Southern Rail Services travelling in and out of London, including the Gatwick Express. This timetable includes a significant reduction in services causing congestion and delays. Whilst the timetable has initially been put in place for a month this may be extended. Travellers are advised to monitor local media sources and plan their journeys ahead, confirming their train before travelling and allowing additional time to reach the airport. Use of alternative forms of transportation is advised where possible.
Taking place between 26th July - 26th September, Brussels Airport planning major renovation works; runway 01/19 will be unavailable. Work will be carried out at night; expect minimal disruption.
Between 27 July and 26 August 2016, the Jakarta government will enforce preliminary odd-even licence plate driving restrictions during peak periods during Mondays to Fridays. Under the measure, only cars and motorcycles with licence plates ending with odd numbers can drive on selected thoroughfares in central Jakarta on odd dates, while vehicles with even number licence plates will be allowed on these roads on even dates.
A mass rally led by India’s opposition Congress Party is taking place on Wednesday 20 July in Delhi. Members and supporters will gather at Jantar Mantar before marching to Parliament House; some party members have also threatened to surround the legislative building. Travellers should prepare for localised traffic congestion and possible clashes between demonstrators and police; allow extra time to transit the city centre.
Due to the economic crisis in Venezuela which has resulted in increased looting and protests, its military have been placed in charge of food distribution. The situation is now at crisis point; international and local businesses have significantly decreased their presence due to capital controls, high inflation, lack of basic supplies and poor security. Travellers are advised to monitor local media for updates and to register and maintain regular contact with their related Embassy.
USA - Philadelphia
Philadelphia Airport workers plan strike action, which is bound to increase traffic in Philadelphia International Airport.