Travel Alerts

Storm Helene – UK & Ireland Travel Disruption Possible

Hurricane Helene developed in the North Atlantic and is forecast to hit Ireland today (Monday 17 September) and then Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern parts of England on Tuesday (18 September).

Heavy rainfalls are to be expected beforehand, which may cause floods, flash floods and landslides. Due to high winds, storm damage is possible in the areas directly affected by the tropical storm.

General travel and air-traffic disruptions are to be expected.

Ryanair strikes scheduled for September

Ryanair workers to strike 12 September in Germany

German Ryanair pilots announced a 24-hour strike beginning Wednesday morning at 03:01 a.m. (12 September, local time). The Ryanair stewards will be joining the strike effort.
In case of a strike, major air traffic disruptions are to be expected. Delays and flight cancellations are likely.


Ryanair workers to strike 28 September in Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain

The biggest strike in the history of Ryanair is billed to take place on Friday, 28 September, trade union sources disclosed on Monday, 10 September. Unions representing Ryanair workers in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain met on Friday in Rome amid a months-long struggle with the management of the low-cost carrier to obtain the application of the national laws of the countries where Ryanair operates, and no longer just Irish law.

Hurricane Florence – American Airlines implement travel notice exception policy

Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Florence on the southeastern U.S., American Airlines has implemented a special exception policy to their travel partners, including Giles Travel.

This applies to both prime and codeshare flights and the affected airports include:

  • Asheville, NC  (AVL)
  • Augusta, GA   (AGS)
  • Charleston, SC           (CHS)
  • Charlotte, NC        (CLT)
  • Charlottesville, VA  (CHO)
  • Columbia, SC         (CAE)
  • New Bern, NC         (EWN)
  • Fayetteville, NC    (FAY)
  • Florence, SC         (FLO)
  • Greensboro Highpoint, NC    (GSO)
  • Greenville, NC  (PGV)
  • Greenville Spartanburg, SC  (GSP)
  • Hilton Head Island, SC   (HHH)
  • Jacksonville, NC (OAJ)
  • Lynchburg, VA          (LYH)
  • Myrtle Beach, SC      (MYR)
  • Newport News, VA     (PHF)
  • Norfolk, VA     (ORF)
  • Raleigh / Durham, NC    (RDU)
  • Richmond, VA          (RIC)
  • Roanoke, VA      (ROA)
  • Savannah, GA    (SAV)
  • Wilmington, NC  (ILM)

If you feel your travel is affected, please contact your Giles Travel team. Data Breach

Following BA’s announcement this morning of the data breach on their website, we are working with the airline to understand exactly what this means for you, our business travel clients.

British Airways state that the breach is for & App bookings and changes. This is currently all the information we have available. This would suggest that British Airways booking we make for clients, via our GDS system, are not affected. However, as soon as we learn more we shall let you know.

British Airways has published a help page on their website for concerned customers – click HERE to access it. Of course, please contact your Giles Travel for additional help.

Thank you.

Flights cancelled as VLM goes into liquidation

VLM has cancelled flights from London City and Zurich to Antwerp following a vote by shareholders to dissolve the airline.

The cancellations follow the decision in August to discontinue other routes, including those operated from Aberdeen and Birmingham.

The company filed for bankruptcy in 2016 but managed to continue operating following a cash injection from investors in China.

In a statement on VLM’s website the company confirmed it was going into liquidation.

Gatwick Flight Info Screen Failure

Due to an on-going issue with Vodafone the IT provider for Gatwick airport flight information –  flight screens are not displaying correctly.

There are temporary flight boards in the departure lounges or refer to airline flight announcements. There is an expectation for this issue to be resolved soon.

Ongoing Strike Action

Ryanair Pilots Strike

Ryanair pilots may hold coordinated strikes in four countries on the 10th August – potentially in Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Italian Air Traffic Control Strike

Countrywide 24-hour strike of Italian air traffic controllers on the 15th August.


Strike Action Updates: Spain and UK

Spain: Update – Iberia ground staff call off planned strikes

Catalan News reported Iberia ground staff were expecting to strike on 27 and 28 July, and then again on 3 and 4 August, but the protest has been called off after long negotiations.


UK: Update – Ryanair pilots to stage strike on 3 August

Ryanair pilots are to take part in a fourth strike in Ireland on Friday, August 3.

Strikes Update – get the latest information

easyJet – possible ground handling strike at London Luton airport Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July is cancelled

easyJet is pleased to confirm that the proposed industrial action by Menzies airport workers at London Luton Airport this weekend has been cancelled. easyJet plan to operate a full flying schedule during this time, but given we are in peak summer we strongly advise all passengers travelling from London Luton this weekend to arrive at least 3 hours ahead of their scheduled departure time as we expect the airport to be very busy, particularly at Bag Drop which will be open from 2am.

Ryanair – cancels 500 flights in Spain, Belgium and Portugal because of cabin crew strike on 25, 26 July.

Spain – strike by handling workers scheduled for 29,30 July across the country has been suspended.

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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