Travel Alert – United States: West Coast Weather Advisory for February 19-20, 2017

Due to heavy rain and flooding, customers traveling to, from, and/or via the West Coast region of the United States on February 19-20, 2017 may experience flight delays, diversions, and/or flight cancellations.

Passengers traveling to, from, and/or via the West Coast region of the United States are requested to re-confirm their flights directly with the airlines prior to departure.

Airports affected by operational conditions: Arcata/Eureka, CA (ACV); Bakersfield, CA (BFL); Burbank, CA (BUR); Fresno, CA (FAT); Long Beach, California (LGB); Los Angeles, CA (LAX); Mammoth Lakes, CA (MMH); Monterey, CA (MRY); Oakland, CA (OAK); Ontario , CA (ONT); Palm Springs, CA (PSP); Redding, CA (RDD); Sacramento, CA (SMF); San Diego, CA (SAN); San Francisco, CA (SFO); San Jose, CA (SJC); San Luis Obispo, CA (SBP); Santa Ana/Orange County, CA (SNA); Santa Barbara, CA (SBA).

If you need to change your flight: Several airlines have announced flexible policies for customers wishing to change their reservations. Please use the below link to review their individual policy or to check your current flight status:

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air American Airlines Air Canada Delta Air Lines JetBlue Airways Southwest Airlines United Airlines Virgin America WestJet Airlines
Travel Alert – Nigeria: Arik Air Suspends Operations February 16-28, 2017

Arik Air has been taken over by the Nigerian government due to non-performing loans and it is now being managed by AMCON (Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria).

If your booking is from now up to February 28: ALL Arik Air flights have been suspended, customers can be provided a full refund on their unused Arik Air tickets. Customers have the option to select an alternate carrier for travel, but only up to February 28, 2017 and any difference of fare will be collected.

Bookings after March 01: Arik Air is anticipating all flights to return to full operation as originally scheduled.

For Future Bookings: You may continue booking with Arik Airlines until further notice, however, NO Cash/Debit Card payments can be accepted. Also, for your protection, it is strongly advised to add travel insurance when making a new Arik Air reservation.

All passengers traveling after March 01, 2017 on Arik Air are requested to re-confirm their flights directly with the airline prior to departure.

Please use the below link to review Arik Air contacts and updated information:

Arik Air Contacts Arik Air Media Centre
Travel Alert – London: British Airways Industrial Action for February 17-25, 2017

The trade union Unite has announced that it intends to hold industrial action involving one of British Airways five cabin crew fleets on various days from February 17-25, 2017. Customers traveling on British Airways may experience flight delays and/or cancellations.

All passengers traveling on British Airways are requested to re-confirm their flights directly with the airline prior to departure.

If you need to change your flight: British Airways has announced a flexible policy for customers wishing to change their reservations. Please use the below link to review further information, current flight status, and policy:

British Airways
Travel Alert – Italy: Aviation Workers Strike announced for February 23, 2017

The USB and CUB Trasporti trade unions, together with ANPAC and ANPAV professional associations have confirmed a 24 hour strike for Thursday, February 23, 2017. Customers traveling to, from, and/or via Italy on February 23 may experience airport operation delays, flight delays and cancellations.

All passengers traveling to, from, and/or via Italy (all airports) are requested to re-confirm their flights and connection times directly with the airlines prior to departure.

If you need to change your flight: Some airlines have announced flexible policies for customers wishing to change their reservations. Please use the below link to review their individual policy or to check your current flight status:

Alitalia Meridiana/Air Italy RYANAIR Volotea
Travel Alert – Philippines: Radar Maintenance at Manila International Airport from March 06-11, 2017

Due to scheduled maintenance and upgrading one of the radars at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, flight delays and/or cancellations from March 06-11, 2017 may result.

All passengers traveling to, from, and/or through Manila, Philippines (MNL) are requested to re-confirm their flights directly with the airlines prior to departure.

If you need to change your flight : Some airlines have announced flexible policies for customers wishing to change their reservations, please use the below link to review their individual policies or to check your current flight status:

Cebu Pacific Philippine Airlines
Travel Alert – Africa: Abuja Airport Closure announced for March 07- April 19, 2017

Due to extensive repairs, the runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be closed from March 07-April 19, 2017. Flight Cancellations and diversions to alternate airports may result.

Passengers traveling to, from, and/or via Abuja, Nigeria (ABV) are requested to re-confirm their flights directly with the airlines prior to departure.

If you need to change your flight: Some airlines have announced flexible policies for customers wishing to change their reservations. Please use the below link to review their individual policies and for contact information:

Air France Arik Air Asky British Airways Dana Air Egyptair Ethiopian Airlines Lufthansa South African Airways Turkish Airlines
Travel Alert – Philippines: Surigao Earthquake Advisory for February 11-March 10, 2017

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has suspended the operation of the Surigao City airport after Friday's powerful quake damaged their runway. Repair and rehabilitation is estimated to last for a month. Flight Cancellations and diversions to alternate airports may result.

Passengers traveling to, from, and/or via Surigao, Philippines (SUG) are requested to re-confirm their flights directly with the airlines prior to departure.

If you need to change your flight: Some airlines have announced flexible policies for customers wishing to change their reservations. Please use the below link to review their individual policies and current information:

Cebu Pacific Philippine Airlines
Travel Alert – Zika Virus Advisory

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, emphasizing the need for travelers to practice usual health precautions, predominantly precautions against insect bites.

The CDC recommends that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and that pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant consult their doctor before departing if travel is unavoidable.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the Zika virus, please contact your health care provider. You can also get more information and updates by consulting the websites below.

If you need to change your flight: Several airlines have announced flexible policies for customers wishing to change their reservations. Please use the below link to review their individual policies:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Areas with Zika World Health Organization Zika Travel Information American Airlines Air Canada WestJet Airlines United Airlines Alitalia Qatar Airways Southwest Airlines Thomson Airways JetBlue Airways Delta Air Lines
Travel Alert – Canada: Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

From March 15, 2016, the Government of Canada announced a new requirement for entry into Canada known as Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have Electronic Travel Authorization. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travelers with a valid Canadian visa.

All eligible travelers flying to and/or through Canada will need to apply online for an eTA before travel. The cost of the eTA is 7.00 CAD$ per passenger and the validity of the eTA is five years, or until the passenger's passport expires.

For more information and to apply for an eTA, please use the below link to review:

Government of Canada
Travel Alert – U.S. Department of Transportation Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Mobile Devices

Due to recent safety-related incidents, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a complete ban on all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile devices for all air carriers following recent incidents and potential safety concerns. In accordance with FAA guidance and effective Saturday October 15, 2016 at 12:00PM ET, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices will not be permitted in checked or carry-on baggage, and may not be carried on-board any flight. Customers traveling with these devices will not be permitted to travel.

For more information, please refer to the statements below from the FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation:

U.S. Department of Transportation FAA Statement
Travel Alert – U.S. Department of State: Travel Alerts and Warnings

The U.S. State Department posts travel alerts and travel warnings for countries where travelers' health and safety may be at risk. When planning your trip, customers are recommend to check the U.S. State Department to see what precautions should be taken.

U.S. State Department Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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