Business Travel Advisory
Due to inclement weather, there is a traffic management program in effect for flights arriving to LaGuardia Airport (LGA). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 12 minutes. Travelers are advised to reconfirm flights and allow additional travel time.
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.
Following Air Canada’s system migration on November 19, some travelers are having trouble checking in to their flight. Travelers should use their Air Canada locator or confirmation number to check-in or reach out to their Travel Advisor for an updated Amadeus record locator. At times, Air Canada’s system has been overloaded with check-in requests; an error message may be displayed preventing the completion of check-in at the time. If this happens, travelers are advised to try again or check-in via an airport kiosk or at the counter.
Travelers in Santiago and other urban centers should continue to anticipate and avoid anti-government protests. Protests have persisted despite authorities’ promise of a referendum in April 2020 on replacing the military-era constitution. Disruptive protests were reported in Santiago, Temuco, and Antofagasta yesterday. Further such protests are likely, posing incidental risks to bystanders. President Sebastian Pinera has expressed his willingness to redeploy the military to the streets to protect public infrastructure, if necessary. Government buildings, major public squares, and university campuses are flashpoints for unrest.
Travelers should continue to avoid all public gatherings related to an ongoing nationwide strike, as activists have announced further protests. The announcement comes despite President Ivan Duque’s recent launch of a “national dialogue” to appease protesters, who have denounced his economic, labor and social policies. These planned demonstrations include a protest outside the National Center of Historical Memory in Bogota today; an exact time has not been announced. Main routes and main squares, including Plaza Bolivar and Parque Nacional in Bogota, remain flashpoints for related protests.
AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST
Travelers should monitor developments linked to the Presidential Election scheduled for tomorrow and defer travel to the country through Friday, December 13 as a precaution. Five candidates are running in the election, which will go to a second round if no candidate obtains a majority of the vote. Demonstrations are likely amidst widespread calls for an electoral boycott. Travelers should continue to avoid all related gatherings as a precaution.
An outbreak of Ebola continues in the provinces of North Kivu, Ituri, and South Kivu. Key response activities continue to be challenged by security issues. Ebola is spread by contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of infected or dead people. Healthcare workers, household members, and people participating in traditional funeral practices are at high risk. Non-essential travel to affected areas should be deferred. Travelers should prevent infection by paying strict attention to hygiene and avoiding contact with blood and body fluids. Travelers should not participate in traditional funerals or go to health facilities where Ebola patients are being treated.
Today, travelers in Jerusalem should plan routes bypassing an ongoing protest by the Jewish ultra-orthodox community on Natan Strauss Street. No further details have been reported. While similar protests tend to pass off peacefully, local disruption in the vicinity of the protest is expected.
Today, travelers in Jerusalem should plan journeys bypassing a demonstration in Shimon Agranat Square, near the Supreme Court building, at 7:00 PM local time. The rally is being held in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The event comes amid increasing pressure on the leader stemming from his recent indictment for corruption, as well as a likely election due to his inability to form a coalition.
Today, travelers in Nairobi should plan routes bypassing the Milimani Law Courts due to the risk of security disturbances and traffic disruption. Travelers should avoid protests linked to the bail application hearing of Nairobi Governor Mbuvi Gideon Kioko Wam Mike Sonko, which are likely to take place in or around the courthouse. Sonko is facing corruption charges. Travelers should expect a heightened police presence around the courthouse, located in the Central Business District. Traffic disruption is expected in the vicinity of Ngong Road and Kenyatta Avenue.
Travelers should expect disruption due to adverse weather and flooding. The Lebanese Meteorological Department forecasts torrential rain combined with thunderstorms and strong winds for tomorrow through Saturday, December 14, increasing the risk of flooding and landslides. On December 9, heavy rainfall caused significant disruption, including flooding in central Lebanon.
Travelers in Mogadishu are reminded to avoid the vicinity of possible militant targets and to select appropriate secure accommodations, after a complex attack targeting a hotel yesterday. Five people were killed, and 11 others injured in the six-hour assault on the SYL Hotel, located near the Villa Somalia Presidential complex. The extremist Islamist al-Shabab group subsequently claimed the attack.
United Arab Emirates
Travelers should plan journeys accounting for local flooding and disruption amid heavy rain across multiple emirates, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Sharjah. The National Center of Meteorology expects intermittent rainfall to continue through Saturday, December 14. Travelers should exercise caution while driving and follow all official directives.
ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Passengers transiting Bagram Air Base should monitor developments following the temporary closure of the military base today. The closure follows a suicide bomb attack which took place near the base at approximately 6:00 AM local time. One civilian was killed, and at least 60 others injured. The attack caused severe damages to a medical center that had been under construction.
Today through December 20, travelers in urban centers should plan journeys accounting for local disruption around planned climate protests. The gatherings are being held under the global “Clime Change Protests” campaign to demand more effective government action on climate change issues, particularly managing ongoing bushfires. The protests are likely to be well attended and pass off peacefully.
Today, travelers in Kolkata should expect significant traffic disruption during a union rally. An ongoing “long march” by the Center of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will culminate in a public meeting at the Governor’s Residence. Organizers expect 100,000 people to attend. While trade-union gatherings are generally peaceful, travelers should plan routes bypassing them to minimize inconvenience.
Travelers in Yangon and other urban centers should continue to anticipate rallies in support of Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, and other high-ranking government and military officials. The officials are appearing at hearings at the International Court of Justice in The Hague through tomorrow, where Myanmar is facing charges of genocide in connection with a 2017 counter-insurgency campaign in Rakhine. Associated rallies are likely to be peaceful but will cause local disruption and should be avoided to minimize inconvenience.
Travelers should continue to plan journeys accounting for disruption following flooding. While weather conditions have mostly improved, some roads on South Island remained blocked by floodwaters and debris. Authorities have warned of possible disruption to essential services, including power and water supplies, in affected parts of South Island. A State of Emergency remains in place in Timaru, while the Evacuation Notice has been downgraded to a Flood Risk Notice. Recovery operations are underway but may be hampered by further heavy rainfall and high-water levels in various rivers.
Today through Sunday, December 15, travelers in Islamabad and neighboring Rawalpindi should anticipate heightened security and disruption during the first match of a Test cricket tournament between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Similar disruption should be expected in Karachi from December 19-23 when a second match will be held between the two countries. Authorities will deploy thousands of security force personnel and implement extensive traffic restrictions to secure the events. Travelers should maintain flexible itineraries and carry relevant identification documents to ease passage through security checkpoints.
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 December 16, 17, and 19, travelers in urban centers should plan routes bypassing protests against Prime Minister Andrej Babis after the reopening of a fraud probe over Babis’ alleged misuse of EU subsidies. The pro-democracy “A Million Moments for Democracy” movement has given him an ultimatum to resign by December 31. It has called for a protest at Wenceslas Square in Prague at 6:00 PM local time on December 17. Organizers have also called for rallies in smaller urban centers on December 16 and in regional capitals on December 19. Associated gatherings are expected to be well attended. Previous rallies have largely passed off peacefully.
Today, travelers should anticipate continued disruption due to nationwide strikes over planned pension reforms. While an ongoing air traffic controllers’ strike is due to end at 6:00 AM local time, residual disruption is likely. Public transportation and rail unions will continue their industrial action through the end of the day. Some unions have announced a strike extension for tomorrow and Friday, December 13. Well-attended associated demonstrations took place nationwide on December 5 and 10, with further gatherings planned for December 17.
On December 17, travelers in urban centers should plan journeys bypassing nationwide protests denouncing controversial pension reforms. Smaller related rallies are planned for tomorrow. The locations and times of these protests, organized by labor unions, have yet to be confirmed. The announcements come amid large-scale protests organized by the unions as part of the biggest industrial action in France in several years. Yesterday’s protests, which saw hundreds of thousands of people marching across France, passed off peacefully.
Today, travelers in Crete should continue to exercise caution after a magnitude 5.4 offshore earthquake. The first trembor struck at 11:58 PM local time yesterday, 22 miles northeast of Palaikastro, at depth of 35 miles. While no damage or injuries were reported, aftershocks did occur. Travelers in affected areas should follow all official directives.
Today, travelers should anticipate significant disruption and maintain flexible itineraries during the passage of a severe winter storm. The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a Red Weather Alert (highest on a four-tier scale) for the Northwest region and an Orange Alert (second-highest) for the rest of the country. Yesterday, all operations at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) were temporarily suspended, and roads to and from Reykjavik were blocked as a result of blizzards and strong winds. Further disruption is expected today, though weather conditions in western regions should improve in the afternoon.
On Saturday, December 14, travelers in urban centers should plan routes bypassing authorized protests to minimize delays. The Communist Party is organizing the protests over various socio-economic and political issues, including the political persecution of Irkutsk Provincial Governor Sergey Levchenko. Investigations into Levchenko and his family are ongoing in connection with corruption and fraud charges. The upcoming demonstrations are likely to pass off peacefully but may cause local disruption.
Today, passengers transiting Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) should reconfirm schedules after airport authorities cancelled all flights until further notice. A private plane ran off the runway this morning; no injuries were reported. Some inbound flights have been diverted to Manchester Airport (MAN).