AMERICA’S & CARIBBEAN
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USA – Weather: Heat alerts& high chances of storms continue during this
unpredictable period of weather in many US States. ASIA India – Anti-corruption protests are likely to continue across India’s major urban centers in the coming days and weeks. Such events should be avoided as they carry a heightened risk of violent civil unrest. India – Most of India’s major airports were placed on a terror alert ahead of the country’s Independence Day on 15 August 2011. At least 12 airports have implemented additional security measures, including establishing extra checkpoints on access roads outside of airport facilities. Security officials have
advised passengers to expect additional delays due to the increased
security measures, which are expected to last through 20 August. China – Over the next few days, thousands of young athletes and spectators from around the world will travel to Shenzhen for the summer edition of the multisport tournament. Despite scattered reports of public discontent with the security operation, there is little evidence to suggest that any large scale civil unrest will erupt in the city amid the extensive security measures currently in place. Travelers to the city should expect to encounter a visible security presence throughout Shenzhen for the duration of the 2011 World University Games. Japan – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck 61 miles southeast of Sendai today at 2.36pm local time. Its depth was 24.3 miles. A tsunami warning was initially issued for Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures but was cancelled around 30 minutes later. There have been no reports of any damage or injuries. AUSTRALASIA New Zealand – Heavy snowfall has been affecting roads and flight operations in New Zealand. Australia – Qantas is to shed about 1,000 jobsas part of its wide-ranging five-year plan to revive its international business,which will include handing over some of its flights to British Airways. The airline will drop its London to Bangkok and London to Hong Kong flights, which are to be taken over by its partner BA from early next year. At the same time, BA will withdraw from the Bangkok to Sydney sector. Areas affected include management positions, pilots, cabin crew and engineering. Australia’s aircraft engineers are considering taking legal action against Qantas over the new international strategy, which includes plans to launch a premium airline based in Asia and a new budget airline in Japan.
AFRICA, NORTH AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST
Israel – On 18 August in southern Israel near Eilat, several attacks occurred over a two-hour period leaving at least 7 people dead, and dozens wounded. The Israeli authorities have confirmed that this was a terrorist attack, although as yet there has been no claim of responsibility. Travelers are advised to maintain a high level of vigilance.
RAMADAN – 01 – 31 August.
UMRAH Flights – As per Saudi immigration regulations, certain flights can carry only Umrah visa holders. All other passengers holding normal visas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will have to be booked and travel on the regular scheduled operations. Non conformity with this regulation will result in passengers being offloaded at departure. Syria – There are reports of heavy shooting on a big demonstration in Damascus. There are also raids and arrests being made in the Qaboun area, and tanks have entered a Homs neighbourhood amid shooting. In Aleppo, a military operation is being reported in the city of Tal Rafa’at, where security forces and regime thugs have erected barriers at all city entrances and are driving through the city making arrests. No further information is available at this time. UK & EUROPE Germany – Severe storms whichhit North Rhine- Westphalia last night and into this morning have caused flooded roads and downed trees. The emergency services received over 300 calls for help during the
storms. Flights were delayed at Dusseldorf airport, and some incoming flights had to be diverted although flights now appear to be back to normal.
The storms are now clearing the area. Italy – Ten cities are at risk of muggy weather today: a ‘level 2′
alert (high temperatures and weather conditions that could have negative health effects on vulnerable people) is out for 12 cities on Saturday, and two cities, Brescia and Turin have been issued with a ‘level 3′ red alert, which means that preventative measures must be adopted by people at risk, primarily the elderly and sick. UK – Heathrow Airport – Transport for London are upgrading traffic lights at the junction between A4 Bath Rd & Newport Rd on the northern perimeter of LHR. Passengers using this route should allow additional traveling time. SPAIN – Threatened industrial
action on the Metro may lead to disruption for travelers to Madrid on 18, 20 and 21 August. There will be an increase in demand for taxis. Travelers should organize their ground transportation in advance to avoid inconvenience.
UNITED KINGDOM; 2012 OLYMPICS – LOOKING AHEAD TO 2012! The Olympic Games committee has 65% of London’s total available hotel bedrooms. This may leave as little as 12,000 rooms available for general sale -
business travelers could be struggling to find rooms.Areas outside London could be a solution as Rail operators are ensuring 2,000 extra train services during the games. FROSCH advises travelers to think about their London requirements in 2012 in advance so we will be in the strongest possible position next summer to
accommodate everyone’s needs .
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