Business Travel Advisory
All Delta Shuttle flights departing LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Boston, Chicago or Washington, DC have relocated to new gates at Terminal D. Delta will no longer operate any Shuttle operations from Terminal C. The new concourse is accessible via a pedestrian walkway on the east side of Delta’s existing Terminal D. The security checkpoint in Terminal D is being expanded to support both concourses. CLEAR lanes and TSA PreCheck have moved to the east side of security. Travelers arriving into the new gates with checked bags will claim their bags in Terminal D baggage claim.
Travelers in Santiago and other urban centers should continue to anticipate and avoid further protests, despite the government announcing a constitutional referendum in April 2020. The National Association of Fiscal Employees (ANEF) announced they would hold protests through tomorrow in major urban centers across the country. Demonstrations are likely to continue to be well attended and disruptive, often involving roadblocks and unrest, posing incidental risks to bystanders. Protests are likely outside government buildings, in major public squares, and around university campuses.
Today, travelers should expect significant travel disruption in Colombia, particularly Bogotá, due to a national strike. The Civil Aviation Workers Union is the latest group to join the general strike against pension reform plans, President Ivan Duque, and other issues. Air Traffic Controllers, as well as other staff, affiliated with the Civil Aviation Workers Union will participate in an assembly scheduled for 6:00 AM through 10:00 AM local time. Travelers are advised to avoid public demonstrations, as they may become confrontational and turn violent. All land and river borders between Colombia and neighboring countries will close from 12:00 AM local time today through 5:00 AM local time tomorrow. Travelers are advised to reconfirm all flights transiting airports in Colombia, as well as all ground transportation arrangements.
There is an increase of dengue fever cases nationwide. The trend is expected to continue during the rainy season. The disease is spread mainly by mosquito bites. It can cause a range of symptoms including fever, headache, and a rash. Some people, especially infants, pregnant women, and those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites. 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.
An increase in cases of malaria have been reported in the La Cienega and Los Tres Brazos areas of Santo Domingo province. Malaria is present in some areas of Dominican Republic. The disease is spread through mosquito bites and can be fatal unless promptly treated. Early symptoms are flu-like, such as fever, head or body aches, and general weakness. Symptoms of malaria can develop seven days after exposure, and prompt medical attention should be sought. Travelers should prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
On Saturday, November 23, travelers in Quito should anticipate disruption during a planned protest against the country’s high femicide rate. Participants will gather at Parque El Ejido at 4:00 PM local time. In 2019, 94 murders of women in Ecuador have been attributed to femicidal violence.
Today, travelers in Lima and other urban centers should anticipate and avoid protests related to a nationwide strike by the SUTEP teachers’ union. While any associated demonstrations have yet to be announced, potential protest locations in Lima include Congreso de la Republica, Palacio de Gobierno, and Plaza San Martin. SUTEP is organizing the work stoppage to demand better salaries and an increase in the education budget.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Today, travelers in Beni should reconfirm routes before setting out and avoid an ongoing dead-city protest. Members of the “Veranda Mutshanga” civil society group have erected roadblocks on several main roads in the city, including Nyamwisi Boulevard and Sivirwa Street, and near the local MONUSCO base. The protest has been called to condemn growing violence near Beni in recent weeks.
On November 19, presumed Uganda-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants attacked Beni and nearby Oicha, killing at least 19 people and abducting ten others. Yesterday, local residents in Beni territory protested against insecurity and perceived inaction by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). This follows attacks on November 15-16, which left at least 20 people dead. The incidents come amid an ongoing military operation against armed groups in Beni.
Travelers in Conakry and Nzerekore should avoid rallies by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC) due to the risk of unrest. In Conakry, a funeral procession will take place today to commemorate those killed during recent protests against proposed constitutional changes. In Nzerekore, demonstrators will march from Rond-point Gouvernorat to Place des Martyrs. Another FNDC march is scheduled for November 26 in Conakry, though details are unavailable. Security forces may use tear gas and live ammunition to disperse crowds, posing incidental risks to bystanders.
Travelers in Guinea-Bissau should continue to monitor developments around the November 24 Presidential Election. Official campaigning continues through tomorrow. The 12 candidates include incumbent President Jose Mario Vaz, who is running for a second term as an independent. Security has been reinforced in Bissau, with an increased deployment of personnel from ECOMIB (the ECOWAS peacekeeping mission in Guinea-Bissau) on the streets. While Election Day is likely to pass off without incident, travelers should minimize movement upon the release of provisional results, which are expected in the days after the vote.
Today, South African Airways (SA) resumed flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town and Durban, as well as Victoria Falls. The airline had earlier resumed international services; however, an ongoing strike by SA staff over wages and job cuts persists, with participants picketing airports. Negotiations between the airline and workers’ unions are due to be held beginning Monday, November 25. Travelers should continue to reconfirm flight schedules before setting out.
From November 23 through December 14, South African Airways (SA) will suspend service between Johannesburg (JNB) and Hong Kong (HKG) in an effort to mitigate financial loss.
Today, travelers in Kampala should plan routes bypassing the vicinity of a planned demonstration at the Law Development Center (LDC) as a precaution. More than 270 students are expected to join the protest to demand that the LDC release delayed examination results. The students plan to subsequently march from Gaddafi Road to Parliament to present a petition.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Today through Saturday, November 23, travelers in Hong Kong should continue to exercise increased vigilance and anticipate unscheduled protests and associated disruption. They should also avoid the area around Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hung Hom, including Chatham and West Kowloon roads, due to road closures. While clashes did not occur along Austin and Nathan roads in Tsim Tsa Shui yesterday, short-notice protests are possible as long as protesters are present inside PolyU. All gatherings may cause short-notice disruption to movement, as protesters may block roads and vandalize Mass Transit Railway (MTR) facilities.
Travelers should monitor developments related to the Hong Kong District Council Elections scheduled for Sunday, November 24. Officials have warned that ongoing unrest could force a postponement of the election. This is likely to lead to an uptick in protests as the election of District Councilors has an impact on the selection of the Chief Executive, which relates to one of the protesters’ key demands. Travelers should continue to anticipate and avoid demonstrations, especially around flashpoint protest locations. Travelers should also avoid all election-related gatherings and polling stations as a precaution.
Travelers should exercise caution and follow all official directives following two earthquakes that struck near the ThailandLaos border today. According to the US Geological Survey, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck southeast of Sainyabuli in Laos at 4:03 AM local time. It was followed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake centered in the same area at 6:50 AM local time. Both earthquakes occurred at a depth of six miles.
Travelers in Queensland and New South Wales should continue to plan travel accounting for Fire Danger Warnings related to ongoing bushfires. Catastrophic Fire Danger (the highest fire danger level) Warnings that had been issued for several regions of New South Wales have now been lifted; however, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service has issued an Emergency Warning for a large bush fire burning at Myall Creek Road in Richmond Valley. Travelers should be prepared to defer or change travel plans at short notice, especially for journeys to non-urban areas.
Tomorrow, travelers should expect disruption along the section of National Highway 48 between IMT Manesar and the Mini-Secretariat in downtown Gurgaon during protests by automobile workers over the layoff of contract workers. Another demonstration is scheduled for Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon on November 27. Workers have been striking since November 5, and negotiations between unions and management continue. While these have eased tensions, local violence around the protests remains possible.
All travel to the northern districts of Shan state should be deferred following rocket attacks in Lashio on November 16. At least one person was injured after multiple artillery shells struck Lashio Airport (LSH) and a residential area in the town; no group has claimed responsibility. The attack damaged a runway, and the airport was temporarily closed to facilitate repairs. The airport reopened on November 17, and operations have normalized.
Travelers in Punjab province should expect intermittent disruption caused by smog. Today, poor visibility caused by smog disrupted road traffic and flights at Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE) in Lahore. Travelers should reconfirm the status of routes as well as flights at airports in Punjab, including Lahore, Multan (MUX), and Faisalabad (LYP).
Travelers in the UK and European Union (EU) should continue to monitor developments and follow all government guidelines related to the process of the UK leaving the EU, known as “Brexit.” The EU has agreed on a flexible extension date of January 31, 2020. The current negotiations come amid heightened political tensions over a British General Election, which is expected to take place in early December. Local gatherings relating to Brexit may take place in the UK, with most such events likely to be focused on Parliament Square in London.
On Monday, November 25, travelers should reconfirm transportation schedules during strikes by several transportation sector unions. The industrial action involves unions representing seafarers, as well as aviation and public transportation workers. The 24-hour public transportation work stoppage is due to start at 3:00 AM local time and will also affect Helsinki. The aviation strike will impact ground services at all airports. The walkouts have been called to express solidarity with postal workers who have been striking since November 11 over salary-related grievances.
The far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) will stage a rally at 2:30 PM local time on Saturday, November 23 from Dietrich-Kittner-Platz to Aegidientorplatz in Hanover. Several counter-demonstrations are also planned. In response to the protests, police will implement road closures, including along the Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer and the HeinrichHeine-Platz for 24 hours beginning at 8:00 PM local time tomorrow. Some buses running along the USTRA city bus line will also be affected. Travelers should avoid the NPD march and counter-protests due to the potential for unrest.
Today, travelers in Lisbon should plan journeys bypassing a demonstration by police officers to minimize inconvenience. Participants will gather in Marques de Pombal Square before marching towards the National Assembly at 1:00 PM local time. The event is being held in protest of salaries and working conditions.