United States Normal flight operations have resumed at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL). Authorities have lifted a ground stop issued last night amid an equipment outage due to thunderstorms.
Travelers are advised to expect delays and cancellations if transiting Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) due to an indefinite shortage of air traffic controllers.
Travelers in urban centers should avoid all opposition and labor union-led demonstrations due to the risk of unrest. Unruly demonstrations have continued in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Comayagua, and Juticalpa. Looting and fuel shortages have also been reported. Yesterday, healthcare and education unions said that they would intensify protests. Students from various universities have also joined the gatherings.
On June 30, authorities will deploy 52,000 National Guard troops to the country’s 150 most violent regions. The move is aimed at combating violent crime, fuel theft, and drug trafficking. Around 1,800 guards will be sent to Sonora state, while another 1,800 guards will be deployed to Chihuahua state. Travelers in Mexico should anticipate heightened security measures and follow all official directives.
Tomorrow, travelers in Montevideo and other urban centers should anticipate disruption and avoid demonstrations related to a 24-hour nationwide strike by the PIT-CNT labor union and the UNOTT transportation workers union. The strike is in solidarity with workers of Montevideo Gas, who are observing industrial action beginning today following a two-month hunger strike. Tomorrow’s walkout will affect taxis, as well as local, regional and interdepartmental bus services.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers in Israel and the Palestinian Territories should monitor developments and expect protests coinciding with a regional summit in Bahrain tomorrow and Wednesday, June 26. Palestinian factions have called off a general strike originally planned for tomorrow and have instead announced protests today through Wednesday, June 26. Flashpoint locations include Al-Manara Square in Ramallah and Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, as well as other main cities and checkpoints in the West Bank. Militants based in the Gaza Strip may use the event to carry out rocket attacks against southern Israel.
Tomorrow through Friday, June 28, travelers Ouagadougou and other urban centers should avoid all demonstrations related to a civil servants’ strike. A march is planned at 10:30 AM local time on Wednesday, June 26 to the Prime Minister’s office in Ouagadougou. While the starting point of the rally is not known, a civil servants’ march in late May started from the Labor Exchange building. The work stoppage is being held over working conditions and organizational inefficiencies.
Today, protests and roadblocks have been reported on the Mudaka-Kavumusection of the N3 Highway in the Kabare North area. The route connects Bukavu with Kamenbe Airport (BKY).
Travelers in Conakry should anticipate further protests and roadblocks over power outages. On June 22, protesters blocked Route le Prince in the Cosa and Koloma areas. Police used tear gas to disperse them. Outages during matches of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations football tournament in Egypt may prompt further demonstrations. Guinea is participating in the tournament, which will end on July 19. Travelers should avoid all demonstrations and reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
Operations at Mitiga International Airport (MJI), which serves Tripoli, were suspended for several hours last night due to shelling. No casualties were reported in the incident, which occurred near a runway as a commercial flight was landing and caused fires in the immediate vicinity. The incident underscores the need to defer all travel to the country amid ongoing fighting between forces loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the rival Libyan National Army (LNA).
Sporadic human cases of Middle East Respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV) continue to occur in Saudi Arabia. The virus is present in camels and can be transmitted to people who have direct contact or consume raw camel products. Overall the risk to travelers is low if precautions are taken. Travelers should avoid contact with sick people, practice good general hygiene and avoid contact with camels and raw camel products.
Authorities confirmed that a drone attack occurred at around 9:10 PM local time yesterday in the parking lot at Abha International Airport (AHB). One person was killed, and 21 others injured in the attack by the Yemen-based Houthi group. A heightened security force presence is likely near Abha Airport. This follows a number of similar incidents in Asir in recent days. While these attacks are notable, they are within the Houthi group’s known capabilities. Saudi defenses remain capable of intercepting most missiles and drones.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Tremors from a magnitude 7.3 earthquake off Indonesia were felt in Darwin, forcing the evacuation of multiple buildings in the Central Business District today. No damage or injuries have been reported and business operations have since normalized. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is no tsunami threat to Australia. Travelers in Darwin should continue to exercise caution as aftershocks of varying intensity may occur.
Travelers should anticipate intermittent disruption during the ongoing monsoon season. Heavy rainfall, flooding, and associated landslides are expected to impact the entire country through October. Flooding routinely affects low-lying areas along rivers and in major cities, including Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, where drainage systems are inadequate. Travelers should maintain flexible itineraries and reconfirm the feasibility of journeys before setting out.
Today, travelers in Tamil Nadu state, including Chennai, should avoid protests by the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party over ongoing water shortages. While further details have not been announced, gatherings may be held outside local municipal corporation or District Collector’s offices. The DMK is demanding that the state ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party address the issue. Further protests are likely as water shortages persist.
No damage has been reported following a magnitude 7.3 offshore earthquake at 11:53 AM local time today, 179 miles northwest of Saumlaki. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a depth of 129 miles. No Tsunami Warning was issued following the tremblor. Tremors were felt as far as East Timor, including Dili, and Darwin, Australia. An aftershock of 5.2 magnitude occurred shortly after the initial quake.
No damage has been reported following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 10:05 AM local time today, 155 miles southwest of Jayapura. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a depth of 14 miles. Aftershocks of varying magnitudes have occurred, with the strongest measuring 5.3.
No damage or major disruption was reported following a magnitude 5.5 offshore earthquake at 9:11 AM local time today, 11 miles southeast of Tateyama. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake occurred at a depth of 37 miles.
An increase in dengue activity continues, particularly on the Malay Peninsula, although East Malaysia is also affected. The disease is spread by mosquitoes and is present in both rural and urban areas. Dengue can cause a range of symptoms and has no particular treatment. Some people, especially those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or traveling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
Today through July 3, passengers transiting Sialkot International Airport (SKT) should reconfirm flights due to the closure of the facility for runway repair work. Airport authorities stated that they will provide additional information on rescheduling to passengers.
Passengers of EVA Air should reconfirm their flights due to an ongoing strike by employees. The walkout, which began on June 20, has resulted in flight cancellations at multiple airports, including Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) and Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH). EVA Air employees are protesting wages and working conditions. The strike is likely to continue through Saturday, June 29, when employees are scheduled to vote on whether to continue the action.
Travelers should continue to avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, following a re-run of Mayoral Elections in Istanbul. The Supreme Electoral Council announced that Ekrem Imamoglu, of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), had won 54.2% of the vote, defeating ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Binali Yildirim, who secured 44.99%. Further celebratory gatherings, as well as possible protests, should be anticipated, including in Ankara and other urban centers. Last night’s celebrations were peaceful, but attracted large crowds, causing significant traffic disruption.
On June 22, Russian officials announced that Georgian airlines would be prohibited from using Russian airspace beginning July 8. The move follows President Vladimir Putin’s decree banning Russian airlines from flying to Georgia and advising travel agencies and tour operators not to sell services for travel to Georgia. The government has also been ordered to assist with the repatriation of Russian Nationals in Georgia. On June 22, Deputy Prime Minister Maksim Amimov stated that Russians should leave Georgia before July 8. Russian Nationals are advised to follow all official directives and contact the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi for further information.
Travelers in Tirana and other urban centers should anticipate and avoid opposition protests linked to the June 30 Local Elections due to the risk of unrest. Protest groups are denouncing the government’s decision to proceed with the elections despite ongoing corruption allegations against Prime Minister Edi Rama. President Ilir Meta previously canceled the elections amid threats of a boycott from the opposition.
Travelers in urban centers should expect and avoid further weekly anti-government protests. In Prague, well-attended rallies are likely to continue to take place on Tuesdays in Wenceslas Square. Recent gatherings on June 11 and 23 drew thousands of participants.
Travelers in Tbilisi should avoid an ongoing protest outside the Interior Ministry as a precaution. Participants are arriving at the site in vehicles, and this is liable to disrupt road travel in the area. Demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Giorgi Gakharia, whom they hold responsible for recent unrest outside Parliament and the freeing of jailed protesters.
Today, unionized employees of Alitalia and Blue Panorama Airlines will observe a 24-hour nationwide strike. Passengers of these airlines should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights. Delays can also be expected at Milan Linate (LIN), Verona Villafranca (VRN), and Turin Cuneo (CUF) airports due to four-hour strikes by airport staff.
An increase in measles cases has been reported nationwide including in Kaunas and Vilnius. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travelers should ensure that they are fully immunized against measles