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FRANCE – Air France union calls for two-hour employee strikes over job cuts. The strike impacts several airports today; Orly, Ajaccio, Bale, Mulhouse, Bastia, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Strasbourg, Toulon, and Toulouse. As there may be possible disruptions, it is recommended to reconfirm flights.

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Nov-2013

On December 9, American Airlines and US Airways to merge and will form the world’s largest airline.

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11 – 13 Dec: French rail strike by SNCF on December 11 from 7 pm to December 13 at 8 am. Paris – Charles de Gaulle Airport – UPDATE – Lufthansa Strike: French trade unions have called upon Lufthansa employees to participate in strike actions from November 29 until and including December 1, at Charles […]

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Warning – Halifax, NS – Some flights have been cancelled or delayed due to weather conditions. Recommended to reconfirm flights today. Please check your flights while being in the USA, Canada.

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Warning – FRANCE – Paris – Lufthansa unionized workers have filed a new strike notice commencing on November 29 and continuing until December 1 at Charles de Gaulle Airport after negotiations failed last week . Reconfirm flights is travelling on Lufthansa from November 29 to December 1.

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DUBAI racing into the 22nd Century .. London Mayor & Clinton backs UAE bid for World Expo 2020.  

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Dubai wins the coveted bid to host the World Expo 2020 sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), Paris on November 27. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday expressed gratitude of the leadership, government and people of the UAE to the Arab ambassadors for their supportive stances to the […]

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Warning – THAILAND – Countrywide – UPDATE 2 : Anti-govt protesters today (26th), vow to take control of state offices nationwide in bid to oust PM Shinawatra, while calling for a nationwide uprising tomorrow (27th). Finance and Foreign Ministries remain closed as protesters occupy their premises.

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Robotics, Sci-Fi ambiance in CHINA With the largest tourism economy in the world, and with more than 70 million nationals travelling overseas each year, China has been adopting ever more innovative ways of keeping would-be globetrotters in the country. True to form, China’s latest wacky hotel concept, the Pengheng Space Capsules Hotel, is no exception. […]

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Boeing (BA.N) advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric (GE.N), urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near high-level thunderstorms. The warning led Japan Airlines (9101.T) to pull 787 Dreamliners from two international routes. Other affected airlines […]

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Philippine Airlines launches Manilla to Abu Dhabi route Fast & Furious 7 begins filming in Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi hotel revenues hit $1bn so far in 2013 Abu Dhabi’s Etihad to boost Manchester capacity by 28% Abu Dhabi chases more tourists from Italy. Source: http://arabiantravelnews.com/destinations/2013/nov/24/347629/

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first of three museums planned for the emirate’s Saadiyat Island, will open in December 2015, it has been reported. Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister for Culture, has announced that the museum will open its doors on December 2 2015, the UAE’s National Day, Art Media Agency said. The Louvre Abu […]

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Warning – FRANCE – Paris – French trade unions have called upon Lufthansa staff employed at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to participate in strike actions from November 20 from 5 pm to 7 pm, November 21, 22, 23 from 7 am to 9 am; and all day on November 24. As a result of […]

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Warning – LIBYA – Tripoli – Lufthansa cancels all flights to/from Tripoli with immediate effect until November 25, 2013, due to a general strike and the current situation in Libya.

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Warning – IRAN – U.S. TRAVEL WARNING – Countrywide – The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of travel to Iran. Dual national Iranian-American citizens may encounter difficulty in departing Iran.

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South – Disaster Warning Centre issues a ‘Severe Weather’ Warning for 7-provinces in the South, to brace for heavy rain, possible flash flooding, forest run-off and landslides today (20th) and tomorrow (21st). Forecasts of strong wind-generated waves in the lower part of the Gulf of Thailand and all shipping warned to proceed with caution, small […]

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Warning – CROATIA – Zagreb – Croatia’s Zagreb Airport employees will begin the first of three rounds of industrial action on November 21, at 10:00 until midnight; 2nd round – November 25 at 23:00 until November 28 23:00; 3rd round – December 1. until the union’s demands are met. This strike could affect flights being […]

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A very palpable underwater earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, but there was no immediate report of serious damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 6.3-magnitude quake struck about 110 kilometers (68 miles) off Tobelo, a coastal town on Halmahera Island in North Maluku province. It said the quake was centered about 63 kilometers […]

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CHINA setting the trends & the New Economy! A recently revealed report on tourism trends of China conducted by the website ChinaMarketResearchReports.com reveals a research report for 2013-2017 that says the china tourism industry approximated RMB2.6 trillion, up 15.1% year-on-year. The Global Desalination Market 2013-2023 is a recent utility report that says primary drivers of […]

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INDONESIA – North Sumatra – Chief of Kuala Namu International Airport in the Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, instructs all airlines to avoid 4 routes over Mt. Sinabung, which is continuing to spew volcanic ash. The 4 air routes that are temporarily halted are W11, W12, L774 and R456, all of which fly to Aceh. […]

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One young woman has been confirmed dead and at least three others remain missing after heavy rainfall and flooding cause chaos in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. According to civil defence officials, a 26-year-old Yemini woman, who was swept away from her father while attempting to cross a flooded road, is the first confirmed fatality of the […]

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Travel News of the Day: US Midwest wakes up to severe storm threat Mount Etna erupts in Sicily, no casualties Vietnam devastated by floods, 28 killed Taiwan cautions its citizens on travelling to Sabah Major storm threat looms over Indiana Passengers willing to invest time and money in search of comfort http://www.travelandtourworld.com/news/article/us-midwest-wakes-up-to-severe-storm-threat/?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Travel%20And%20Tour%20World&utm_content=Russian+plane+crash+kills+all+onboard

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BELGIUM – Countrywide – Brussels Airlines pilots are considering taking strike action as of the tomorrow morning, November 18. Passengers should take into account possible flight delays or cancellations as of 5:30am tomorrow. Recommended to reconfirm flights

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The first commercial space flight is due to take-off at the end of next year and UAE residents are being targeted for the $100,000 tickets. Space Exhibition Corp (SXC) is in the final stages of producing a reusable spaceship that will allow for four one-hour flights into space each day. “You’ll go straight into the […]

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ITALY – Countrywide – On November 22, the following strikes will impact air travel across Italy; Airport staff of the main unions; Air traffic controllers from 1pm to 5 pm; Alitalia staff from 1 pm to 5 pm; Meridiana Fly staff from 1 pm to 5 pm; Milan Airports – SEA Handling employees which provides […]

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U.S. DEMONSTRATION NOTICE-Thessaloniki – Alerting U.S. citizens to the potential for large demonstrations throughout Greece Nov 17, during the afternoon and evening in the center of Athens, in the vicinity between Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy; in Thessaloniki

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Cyprus Police advise that demonstrations are planned in Nicosia on November 15 and 18. You should avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, remembering that even peaceful assemblies can unexpectedly become violent. https://www.osac.gov/Pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=14725&__Referrer=afternoon_digest_14_11_2013

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Gastroenterology and Endotherapy European Workshop June 23-25, 2014 Brussels Exhibition Center

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ESC Congress, Barcelona (30 Aug – 03 Sep 2014) European Society of Cardiology  

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Boeing forecasts that airlines in the Middle East will require 2,610 new airplanes over the next 20 years, worth an estimated $550 billion. While one-third of that demand – 900 airplanes – will replace today’s fleets, 66% of the demand is expected to be driven by the rapid fleet expansion in the region. According to […]

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Alitalia to look to southeast for new airline partner Italian airline Alitalia has signaled its interest in seeking a partner from southeast Asia if its main shareholder Air France-KLM decides not to pump more cash into the airline later this week. Air France-KLM, which holds a 25% stake in the ailing Alitalia, is not expected […]

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Additional U.S. airlines have changed their policy on personal electronic devices to allow gate-to-gate use, after the Federal Aviation Administration relaxed restrictions. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways will now allow use of handheld electronic devices during the entire flight http://r.smartbrief.com/resp/eSjmCbysoaCoeCraCidzdbBWcNWwKQ?format=standard

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Warning – CHILE – Countrywide – Planned strike on November 13 by aviation workers relating to employment issues. If this strike proceeds, flights could be disrupted. Reconfirm flights with airlines.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today took a step toward potentially eliminating trans fats from the food supply with a preliminary determination they are no longer “generally recognized as safe.” Trans fats are found in a variety of frozen, canned and baked processed foods. Partially hydrogenated oils are the major dietary source of trans […]

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The airport industry’s efforts to address its carbon emissions were highly commended last night (Nov. 11th) at the annual global Sustainia Awards ceremony in Copenhagen. As part of this year’s event, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard announced the finalists and winner of the European Commission’s World You Like contest. The voluntary climate […]

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Around 70% of tourist facilities will be closed in the Mediterranean province of Antalya as the happening tourism season ends, resulting in the loss of around 200,000 jobs, said the head of Turkey’s Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED), Osman Ayık. .. tourists increased by 8% this year compared to 2012 figures. Turkey’s tourism income increased to $11.5 […]

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Congress: American College of Cardiology, March 29-31, 2014 – Washington DC (ACC 14)

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WAOH Skyrocketing Figures! Dubai’s hotels welcomed more than 7.9 million visitors between January and September, a 9.8 percent year-on-year increase. Hoteliers and hotel apartment operators experienced significant growth in revenues, with total revenues for the first 9 months of the year up by 17.1 percent, reaching AED15.33bn ($4.16bn). The latest visitor number results, released by […]

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Warning – INDONESIA – North Sumatra – The Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police and the Karo administration have evacuated around 2,500 residents of Gurukinayan village in Payung district, Karo regency, North Sumatra, as Mount Sinabung continues to erupt, spewing volcanic ash, pyroclastic clouds and blazing lava. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/11/11/thousands-evacuated-mt-sinabung-erupts-again.html

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The prospect of a winter World Cup in Qatar is drawing ever nearer, with the tournament likely to take place in November or December. Fifa president Sepp Blatter said that the tournament would not take place in January or February because of the Winter Olympics. “It is logical to play this competition at the end […]

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Dubai’s second airport has dramatically increased traffic by almost 50 percent already this year, Dubai Airports has revealed. Aircraft movements at Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose 46 per cent to 16,923 during the first nine months of the year. The third quarter saw traffic soar 63 per cent to 6,686 […]

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The Hawaii of China which is the Chinese island Hainan, is now in the direct path of the monster typhoon Haiyan, that just destroyed many parts of the Philippines. The Chinese State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has asked provinces of Hainan and Guangdong as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to keep a […]

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09
Nov-2013

Warning – EGYPT – UK FCO TRAVEL ADVICE – North/South Sinai, Governates Cairo – Advises against all travel to: the Governorate of North Sinai; advises against all but essential travel to: Governorate of South Sinai, Governorates of Cairo, Bani Suef, Minya, Asyut, Sohag and Greater Cairo https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

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09
Nov-2013

DUBAI, 09 – 11 December 2013 Keeping the Middle East on the Move http://www.gulftraffic.com/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm;_medium=Email&utm;_content=E+Newsletter+link+for+Construction+Week+Magazine&utm;_campaign=Constr

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Warning – PHILIPPINES – Tacloban – Tacloban was considered as among the areas worst hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The airport terminal was completely destroyed. Many people injured and casualties. Tacloban is the largest city in the Eastern Visayan Islands

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NOV. 7th 2013: Beginning today US Airways customers can now use certain portable electronic devices (PEDs), including e-books, tablets and smartphones, during taxi, takeoff and landing while in “airplane mode” – a departure from the previous Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restriction on use below 10,000 feet. Customers on US Airways domestic mainline flights will now […]

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Bangkok – Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Polish airline LOT grounded in Bangkok, due to a power supply problem. Plane’s passengers to be flown to Poland on other aircraft. LOT has given Boeing until the end of the year to settle its claims for compensation or face legal action over an earlier incident as well […]

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Warning – PHILIPPINES – Update Super Typhoon Haiyan – Mass evacuations are underway in low-lying coastal areas; Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte provinces. Based on projections, catastrophic damage is possible in Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Cebu City, Bacolod City, Cadiz City, Roxas City, Boracay, Looc (Romblon), Masbate, San Jose City (Occidental Mindoro), and […]

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Super typhoon heads for the Philippines The Philippines is preparing itself for the arrival of a super typhoon, expected to hit the country tomorrow. Equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, Super Typhoon Haiyan is forecast to be the most powerful tropical cyclone of any kind this year with winds of up to 173mph. It is […]

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