The two principal labor unions representing Air France (AF) cabin crews have called for members to strike July 27- 2nd Aug. Unless averted, the walkout could cause severe, protracted flight disruptions across the Air France network. Expect delays and cancellations, especially on short- and medium-haul flights, as the airline will likely prioritize flights on long-haul and international routes. Disruptions will vary by airport, depending on how effectively the carrier is able to mitigate staff shortages; delays and cancellations could be pronounced at Air France hubs - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris Orly (ORY), Nice (NCE), Lyon (LYS), Marseille (MRS), Toulouse (TLS), and Bordeaux (BOD) airports - and at smaller, regional airports.
Airline officials typically provide detailed information regarding altered flight schedules around 24 hours in advance. Air France has confirmed that the strike will not affect flights operated by its partners and subsidiaries - including KLM (KL), HOP! (A5), and Delta (DL). Disruptions will probably linger past the end of the walkout, since the long duration of the strike is likely to lead to significant passenger backlogs.
Confirm flights before departing for the airport during the strike period, as flight schedules may be subject to change. Parallel flights offered by other carriers on Air France routes could overbook quickly; consider buying tickets with other airlines for time sensitive travel and if other means of transport are unavailable.
Last week’s heatwave across the Arabian Peninsula is expected to continue through to 30 July, in particular affecting Saudi Arabia, Iraq, southern Iran, Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE map. Please advise your clients that they may experience business disruptions due to reduced working hours and possible power outages from the increased demand for air-conditioning. With high temperatures ranging up to mid 50’s Centigrade, airlines may need to adjust their schedules to avoid mechanical issues on take-off.
Over 100,000 polling stations will be set up across Thailand on 7 August, to hold a referendum for the public to vote on the country's draft charter. Increased security patrols could involve random checks and roadblocks set up near to the polling stations. Provincial governments may implement additional measures in the days leading up to the referendum and travellers are advised to carry valid ID at all times and allow additional time to transit city centres.
There are plans to enhance passenger experience during airport security checks and screening, according to the latest announcement by United Airlines in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). State-of-the-art automated security lanes and permanent TSA Precheck® enrolment centres are just some of the plans in development for later this year. United will debut the automated lanes at New York’s Newark Airport.