Travel Alerts

Strike Action Updates – Aberdeen and Geneva

Aberdeen Airport Strike 20 July

Airport personnel at Aberdeen International Airport have announced they will hold 24-hour strikes on 20 July, 02 August and 16 August.
If the strike proceeds as scheduled and is followed by enough workers, air traffic disruptions are to be expected.

Switzerland: Air traffic controllers in Geneva, other regional airports threaten to strike from 23 July

According to reports from Tuesday 11 July, the union Skycontrol, which represents the interests of air traffic controllers, has announced strikes for 23 July from 06:00a.m. (local time) to 10:00 a.m. (local time) and from 24 July from 08:00 a.m. (local time) to 25 July to 18:30 p.m. (local time). If no compromises are made to the strikers, the strike will be extended. In case of a strike, major air traffic disruptions are to be expected.

Strike Action Updates – UK, Italy & Spain

U.K. – Baggage handlers vote to go on strike at Luton Airport from 20-22 July

Italy – Flight attendants at Vueling threaten to go on strike on 21 July

Spain – Iberia ground staff threaten to go on strike at Barcelona airport on 27, 28 July and 3, 4 August

All Nippon Airways cancels 176 flights because of engine inspections

Japanese carrier ANA Holdings on Monday (July 9) cancelled 176 flights from July 13 though to July 22 to inspect its Rolls-Royce Holdings engines, in addition to 113 flights it already cancelled for the preceding week.

ANA had said last week that it would inspect engines for compressor issues that have led to service interruptions for airlines globally.

Delays and Strikes affect Ryanair flights

Air traffic controller shortages in several countries delay dozens of Ryanair flights

The Irish airline issued a statement on Twitter, clarifying that the delays are as a result of Air Traffic Control staff shortages in Germany, France, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom. The 68 flights affected account for 15% of the airline’s 441 “first wave of flight departures” this Monday.

Ryanair cabin crew in Italy to hold 24-hour strike on 25 July

Crew in Spain, Portugal, and Belgium are set to strike for 48 hours on 25-26 July.

Monsoon weather warnings issued for Goa and Maharashtra, India

The Indian Meteorological Service has issued a severe weather warning for the states of Goa and Maharashtra. Warnings are given of heavy rain due to the onset of the monsoon.
Floods, flash floods, and landslides are to be expected due to ongoing rainfalls.

Air travel and traffic disruptions are possible.

Disruption to Eurostar services

Following a fatality involving train 9031, Eurostar services in both directions (from the Continent to the UK and vice versa) will be delayed on departure and on arrival.

Train 9153 (from Brussels to London at 17.56) has been cancelled following this incident.

All passengers who arrive with a delay of over 60 minutes will be able to claim compensation via 24 hours after their journey.

Strike action in France and Belgium causes flight and rail disruption

France / Ireland

French Air Traffic Controller’s strike causes flight disruption.

Airlines cancel flights on 30 June and 1 July because of planned French air traffic controllers’ strike.

A French air traffic controller strike is causing disruption to flights between Ireland and France. Some Aer Lingus and Ryanair flights from Dublin to France along with routes that use French airspace are caught up in the action. Aer Lingus say flights to Nice, Marseille and Lyon are affected.


A two-day rail strike is underway in the country with significant disruption reported.

Get a FREE upgrade to First on selected British Airways flights booked with Giles Travel

British Airways are offering a free, one-way upgrade to First when Giles Travel customers book an eligible return flight in Club World.

The First cabin provides the opportunity to relax in exclusive First lounges and enjoy complimentary spa treatments before a flight. Once onboard, unwind in the comfort and privacy of a spacious suite with fully flat bed and dedicated service.

Giles Travel can upgrade our customers to First, one-way on either the outbound or the inbound part of the journey. Simply purchase an eligible published semi-flexible R, D, or C class, or a fully flexible J class Club World fare by 7 October 2018.

  • This offer is available on as many flights as you like when outbound travel is by 23 October 2018.
  • Upgrade to First is also available on American Airlines operated flights on eligible routes to the US, Canada and Mexico when booked with a British Airways codeshare flight number.
  • Free upgrades to First can be on the outbound or return part of their journey – whichever they prefer.
  • This great offer is always popular and upgrades are subject to availability, so don’t let your customers miss out on a chance to travel First.
  • Upgrades are subject to availability on selected flights.
  • Exceptions apply to some routes and classes.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact your Giles Travel team.


Virgin Trains East Coast transition

On 24 June 2018 Virgin Trains East Coast is transitioning to become London North Eastern Railway (LNER). All services will continue to run as normal; all train times and customer experience will remain the same, and any tickets already purchased for Virgin Trains East Coast will be valid on LNER. Travellers can also continue to purchase tickets as usual.

UK: Mandarin Oriental Hotel Fire

A large fire has engulfed the five star Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. Over 100 firefighters have been dispatched to the hotel to battle the blaze.

Travellers are advised to steer clear of the area as fire crews have set up a cordon.

If you’re concerned about the affect that any current trending travel alert may have on your travel plans, please contact your Giles Travel account manager or use the contact form below.


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