Travel Alert for Europe – Unrest…

The U.S. State Department has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens traveling in to Europe.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Government Warning Issued for Europe

Category: Unrest

Severity: 3 (Moderate)

Source: U.S. Department of State

01/30/2014 (Austria,Slovenia,Slovak Republic,Portugal,Malta,Italy,Hungary,Greece,France,Czech Republic,Cyprus) – There is a European air traffic controllers strike planned for January 29th – 30th 2014.

The following are new strikes:
– in Slovenia, on 29th January between 6:00 am and 1:00 pm (GMT);
– in Malta, on 29th January 29 from 5:00 am until 5:00 pm (GMT);
– in Greece, on 30th January from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm (GMT).

Strikes are confirmed in the following countries:

in Italy, ATCs will strike 1300-1700 Jan. 29, and 1500-1515 Jan. 30.

in Cyprus, ATCs will stage a four-hour strike 1400-1800 Jan. 29.

in Austria, ATCs will strike 0900-1100 Jan. 30.

in Czech Republic, Unionhzed ATCs will stage a work-to-rule action 0700-1900 Jan. 30; expect flight delays.

in Hungary, the Hungarian Air Traffic Controller Association (LIFSZ) will stage a two-hour strike 0900-1100 on Jan. 30; cancellations are possible on flights through Budapest Airport (BUD).

in Portugal, the Portuguese Union of Air Traffic Constrolers (SINCTA) will strike 0700-0900 and 1400-1600 Jan. 29; expect severe disruptions, including on flights through Lisbon Airport (LIS).

in Slovakia, Unionized ATCs will strike 0900-1100 Jan. 30.

in France, additional unions will likely strike from 6:00 pm (GMT) on 29th January until 5:00am (GMT) on 31st January.

Air traffic controllers join the ATCEUC in 28 countries throughout Europe; the strike, if confirmed, could have a very strong impact, with delays and cancellations. Other countries could join the strike in the next few hours, but it is also possible that the European Commission intervenes and the strike is revoked.

Copyright © 2014 U.S. Department of State

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