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Global Event Observer

The Observer informs you about current international events that might affect your  international letter or packet shipments.

Coming Weeks

France t.b.a. French Pilots Threaten Strike:
The French pilots union SNPL threatens strike action in an issue over the new
Air France subsidiary JOON.
Currently, no strike date has been set. If the strike takes place, it is likely to
involve all French airlines such as HOP, Air France, La Compagnie, XL Airways,
Aigle Azur, Air Caraibes and easyjet.
We will update you as more information becomes available.
France t.b.a. Strike Threat by French Pilots Around Christmas:
According to media reports, the potential strike by French pilots might take place between Christmas and New Year.
t.b.a. Cathay Pacific – Strike Threat by Cathay Pacific Pilots:
According to media reports, pilots at Cathay Pacific are threatening to strike.
The decision for/against a strike will reportedly be made between December
13 and 27. Accordingly, a strike could begin as early as December 14.
We will update you as more information becomes available.
  Royal Mail – Royal Mail Faces Strike Action:
According to the Communication Workers Union (CWU), the majority of its
members working for the Royal Mail Group have voted in a nationwide strike
ballot in favour of taking industrial action.
Strike action is expected to impact Christmas operations. However, no concrete
potential strike dates have yet been set.
We will update you as more information becomes available.
Germany 02-Sep-30-Dec Berlin (TXL) – Flight Disruptions in Berlin:
On Tuesday evening, flight operations at Berlin's Tegel Airport (TXL)
were temporarily completely suspended due to the defusing of a bomb
from Word War II.
Flight operations resumed in the late evening.
Spain 15-Sep-30-Dec Announcement of Nationwide Strikes at Spanish Airports:
The unions CCOO, UGT, and USO yesterday officially announced the
25-day strike by airport workers.  
From September 15, about 7,000 workers at the airport operators "Aena"
and "Enaire" will go on nationwide strikes at all airports in Spain.
Flight delays and flight cancellations are possible on the following days:  
September: 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
October: 1, 6, 11, 15, 27, 30, 31
November: 3, 5
December: 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Algeria 12-Nov-17-
Algiers (ALG) – Maintenance Work at Algiers Airport:
During the period from November 12, 2017 to February 10, 2018, maintenance
work will be carried out on a runway at Algiers Airport (ALG). The runway will
remain closed during this time.

Ryanair Pilots Threaten Strike Action:
Ryanair pilots from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal threaten strike action.
According to the union IMPACT, pilots based in Ireland have announced strike action on December 20.
Italy-based pilots plan a 4-hour strike on December 15.
Pilots in Germany and Portugal also plan industrial action. However, no dates have been set so far.
Russian Federation 15-25-Dec Nationwide Strike by Truck Drivers:
Truck drivers in Russia started a 10-day nationwide strike on Friday, December 15.  
The strike action has reportedly affected numerous cities, including St. Petersburg, Moscow, Chita, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Saratov, Kirov, Vologda, Irkutsk, Orenburg, Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and Ryazan.  
Protesting drivers may block streets, creating transportation delays.
United States 17-31-Dec American Airlines – American Airlines Faces Flight Disruptions:
According to the Allied Pilots Association (APA), American Airlines is facing staffing issues around Christmas due to a glitch within the pilot schedule bidding system.
As a result, 15,000 flights could be impacted by staffing problems between December 17 and 31. American Airlines is working diligently to resolve this issue.
Argentina 18-19-Dec General Strike in Argentina – Flight Cancellations:
A general strike called by the CGT union has forced airlines to cancel hundreds of domestic and international flights to and from airports throughout the country, including Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery (AEP) and Buenos Aires-Ezeiza (EZE) airports.
Iraq 18-Dec BGW – Customs Clearance at Baghdad International Airport Suspended:
From December 18, customs clearance for courier and cargo shipments has been suspended until further notice at Baghdad International Airport (BGW) due to some security issues.
Malaysia 18-Dec Sarawak – Widespread Flooding in Sarawak State:
Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia; the worst hit areas include Miri and Limbang.  
Flooding has also affected parts of Sabah state.
Belgium 19-Dec Strike-Related Disruptions in Air and Road Traffic:
Workers across several sectors in Belgium take industrial action on December 19.  
Airlines and train companies have warned that services may be affected.
A mass demonstration taking place in Brussels is expected to paralyze the capital.

19-Dec Suspension of Postal Services to Bolivia and Nicaragua:
The Deutsche Post AG (OE Frankfurt) reports that, due to capacity bottlenecks at airlines and the main transit airport to Bolivia and Nicaragua, all letter and parcel mail will be stored at OE1 Frankfurt, OE2 Niederaula and OE Rodgau from 19 December 2017 until 14 January 2018, at the latest.   
If the suspension continues beyond 15 January 2018, all shipments will be marked and returned to the sender.
We will keep you updated on the situation.
Canada 19-Dec YVR – Weather-Related Flight Cancellations at Vancouver International Airport:
A snowstorm hit much of southern British Columbia yesterday, causing power cuts, traffic disruptions as well as flight cancellations and delays at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Iceland 19-Dec Icelandair – Industrial Action at Icelandair Ended:
Iceland Post reports that on December 19 an agreement was made between Icelandair and the flight mechanics union. The strike action has therefore been cancelled.  
However, there were still some delays and cancellations of flights yesterday.   
The only backlog currently outbound in KEF is for OSL and should be cleared this morning.
Ukraine 19-Dec Snow-Related Traffic Disruptions in Ukraine:
A severe snowstorm hit central, eastern and northern Ukraine, causing major traffic jams and power outages in six regions.
The blizzard has also caused the cancellation of flights at International Airport Kyiv Zhuliany (IEV).
United Kingdom 19-22-Dec LHR – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions at Heathrow Airport:
Heavy fog caused numerous flight cancellations and delays at Heathrow Airport (LHR) yesterday.
Some flights at Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN) and London City (LCY) airports were also cancelled or due to the severe weather.
Wintry conditions are expected to continue until 22 December and could cause further disruption at airports in London.
Belgium 20-22-Dec Wallonia – Further Public Service Strike in Wallonia:
According to media reports, another public service strike is scheduled to take place from December 20 to 22 in Wallonia.
India 20-Dec Andaman/Nicobar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Dadra/Nagar Haveli, Daman/Diu, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu/Kashmir, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal: Chanukka (End of Chanukka) – Regional
Libya 20-Dec Tripoli – Severe Flooding in Tripoli:
Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in Tripoli.  
Several major routes are impassable as of December 20; heavy traffic congestion is reported in many areas.  
Mitiga Airport (MJI) is experiencing power disruptions due to the rain; arrivals continue without major issue but the departures are experiencing disruptions.
Macao (China) 20-Dec Macau SARE Day – National
Portugal 20-Dec Ryanair – Strike Announcement in Portugal:
According to media reports, Portugal-based Ryanair pilots have announced a 24-hour strike on December 20.
Spain 20-Dec Madrid (MAD) – Strike of Security Staff at Madrid Airport Postponed:
The planned strike actions of security staff at Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), scheduled to run between 22 December 2017 and 8 January 2018, have been postponed by the Labour court of Madrid.
20-Dec Barcelona (BCN) – Series of Airport Strikes in Barcelona (BCN) Called Off:
Workers at Barcelona El Prat International Airport (BCN) have called off the series of partial strikes initially scheduled from 21 December through 24 December, after an agreement was reached with the International Airlines Group.
United Kindgom 20-Dec Scotland (Greenock) – Sporadic Postal Strike:
More than a hundred Greenock-based Royal Mail postal and delivery workers downed tools in a sudden strike yesterday, delaying mail from Port Glasgow to Skelmorlie.
United States 20-Dec Dallas (DFW) – Flight Delays from and to Dallas (DFW):
Heavy fog yesterday morning at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to order a temporary ground stop on early flights, causing cancellations and delays.
Netherlands 21-22-Dec Amsterdam (AMS) – Weather-Related Flight Delays at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol:
Due to heavy fog and low visibility in Amsterdam, hundreds of flights were delayed from and to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) yesterday.
Further weather-related flight disruptions are to be expected for today.
Portugal 21-22-Dec Two-Day Postal Strike in Portugal:
Portuguese postal workers will go on strike on 21 and 22 December, called by two unions.
Please be prepared for delays in mail processing and delivery.
Portugal 21-22-Dec Strike Announcement by Two Postal Sector Worker Unions in Portugal:
Correios de Portugal S.A. (PT) informs, that two Postal Sector Worker Unions have announced a 2-days strike on Thursday and Friday, the 21st and the 22nd of December.
Spain 21-24-Dec Barcelona (BCN) – Airport Strike:
Airport staff at Barcelona Airport (BCN) has announced to stage a strike from December 21 to 24. Work stoppages will last 4 hours each day.
Some 2,000 IAG International Airlines Group ground and cabin staff (including Vueling, Iberia and British Airways) are expected to participate in the strike.

United Kingdom,
21-Dec Flight Delays due to Low Visibility:
According to Eurocontrol, moderate to very high delays are to be expected due to low visibility at the following airports:
UK: London Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY), London Stansted (STN), Manchester (MAN)
NL: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
BE: Brussels Airport (BRU)
France 22-Dec-17-
Paris Orly (ORY) – Airport Strike:
According to media reports, baggage handlers at Paris Orly Airport (ORY) plan to stage a strike from December 22 until January 05 from 11 to 13 am and 17 to 19 pm.
Kyrgyzstan 22-Dec Bishkek (FRU) – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions in Bishkek (FRU) :
At present, Manas International Airport (FRU) is closed for an indefinite period due to poor visibility.
Flights are not allowed to land or depart.

22-26-Dec Tropical Storm Hits Philippines and Threatens Vietnam:
Tropical Storm Tembin made landfall in Cateel town (Davao Oriental province, Philippines) on 22 December.  
The storm brings the risk of flooding and landslides to Mindanao island, central and eastern Visayas regions and southern parts of Palawan island until at least 24 December.
Tembin is expected to impact southern Vietnam by 26 December.

22-Dec Impact of Tropical Storm Tembin:
Tropical storm "Tembin" caused severe flooding, landslides and serious devastation in the Philippines. The province of Lanao del Norte in the northwest of Mindanao Island was particularly affected.
Tembin did not result in any significant damage in Vietnam. Numerous flights leaving and arriving in airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc and Can Tho were preemptively cancelled.
Spain 22-Dec-17-
Madrid (MAD) – Strike Announcement by Security Staff at Madrid Airport:
Airport security workers at Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) have announced to stage a strike from December 22 to January 08.
Strike action is each scheduled for 05:30 - 06:30 am, 10:30 - 11:30 am, 14 - 15 pm and 19 - 20 pm.
United Arab Emirates 22-29-Dec DXB, AUH – Flight Disruptions due to Dense Fog:
Poor visibility due to dense fog caused flight disruptions from and to Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) from December 22 to 26.
Numerous flights were cancelled, diverted or delayed.
The fog is expected to persist until at least 29 December.
Zimbabwe 22-Dec National Unity Day – National
Japan 23-Dec Emperor's Birthday – National
Canada 24-26-Dec Toronto (YYZ) – Weather-Related Flight Delays from and to Toronto (YYZ):
Wintry weather caused flight cancellations and hundreds of flight delays from and to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from December 24 to 26.
Lots of Countries (Worldwide) 24-Dec Christmas Eve – National
Japan 25-Dec HND – Snowstorms in Northern Japan:
Heavy snowstorms since December 25 have affected train services and flight operations on the northern island of Hokkaido as well as in Tohoku region on Honshu island.
Hundreds of flights were and dozens cancelled from and to Tokio’s Haneda Airport (HND).
Lots of Countries (Worldwide) 25-Dec Christmas Day – National
Lots of Countries (Worldwide) 26-Dec Boxing Day / Second Day of Christmas – National

26-Dec St. Stephen's Day – National
France 26-Dec Alsace-Moselle: St. Stephen's Day – Regional
Namibia 26-Dec Family Day – National
Pakistan 26-Dec Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday Holiday – National
Slovenia 26-Dec Independence and Unity Day – National
South Africa
26-Dec Day of Goodwill – National
Spain 26-Dec Balearic Islands, Catalonia: St. Stephen's Day – Regional
Switzerland 26-Dec All except Jura, Vaud, Valais: St. Stephen's Day – Regional
Canada 27-Dec Canada Post – Weather-Related Postal Disruptions at Canada Post:
Canada Post has issued current mail delivery alerts for the following regions:
Red Alert – Mail delivery suspended:
Newfoundland and Labrador (Daniel's Harbour, Flower's Cove, Bird Cove)
Yellow Alert – Mail delivery issue:
Province of Quebec, Ontario (including the Greater Toronto Area), parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and parts of Alberta
China 27-28-Dec Xinjiang (URC) – Temporary Closure of Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport:
A snowstorm has caused the temporary closure of Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport (URC) in Xinjiang yesterday, resulting in flight cancellations and delays.  
The airport will be closed until at least this morning.
Sri Lanka 27-Dec Postal Strike in Sri Lanka:
Postal trade unions in Sri Lanka announced to stage an island-wide strike on December 27 which will possibly be extended for an indefinite duration.
United Kingdom 27-Dec Weather-Related Disruptions in Air and Road Traffic:
Snow and ice hit large parts of England and northern Scotland yesterday, causing power cuts as well as disruptions in train, air and road traffic.  
Many major roads were closed.  
Flight delays and cancellations occurred at the following airports:
London Stansted (STN)
London Luton (LTN)
London Heathrow (LHR)
London City (LCY)
London Gatwick (LGW)  
Manchester (MAN)  
Bristol (BRS)  
Warnings of ice, snow and rain, affecting Wales, central and southern parts of England, northern and eastern parts of Scotland and north-eastern Northern Ireland have been issued for today.
United States 28-Dec Chicago (MDW, ORD) – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions at Chicago Airports:
Extremely cold temperatures prompted numerous flight delays and cancellations from and to Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) and Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) yesterday.
Icy temperatures are expected to persist in Chicago in the coming days; further flight delays and cancellations are possible.
Philippines 30-Dec Rizal Day – National
Azerbaijan 31-Dec World Azerbaijanis Solidarity Day – National

31-Dec New Year's Eve – National
United States 31-Dec Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin: New Year's Eve – Regional
Netherlands 8-Jan KLM – Strike Announcement by KLM Flight Attendants:
KLM flight attendants represented by the union VNC threaten to stage a 24-hour strike on January 08.

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Past Events

Italy 4-18-Oct / 6-Nov-10-Dec Treviso (TSF), Trapani (TPS) – Temporary Closure of Treviso and Trapani
According to media reports, Treviso (TSF) and Trapani (TPS) airports will
be temporarily closed due to construction work at the respective runway.
Treviso (TSF): October 04 - 18
Trapani (TPS): November 06 - December 10
French Polynesia 3-Dec OPT – End of Air France Strike in French Polynesia:
The Office des Postes et Télécommunications de la Polynésie (OPT) informs that the strike by Air France staff in French Polynesia ended on December 03.  
Backlogged mail will be forwarded this week, depending on the availability of Air France flights.
United States 4-Dec Southern California – Ongoing Wildfires:
Due to ongoing wildfires in California, a state of emergency remains in effect for Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.  
The fires have so far prompted the evacuation of around 200,000 people and destroyed around 850 buildings. 
United States 4-7-Dec Southern California – Wildfires Ravage Southern California:
Severe wildfires have been ravaging Ventura and Los Angeles counties since December 04, causing evacuations, power outages and traffic disruptions.
A red warning for fires has been issued for Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties through December 07.
Brazil 5-Dec General Strike in Brazil:
According to media reports, a general strike is planned in
Brazil for December 05.
It is supposed to involve the entire transportation sector
in all major cities.
Canada 5-Dec Northern Ontario – Delivery Delays in Northern Ontario:
Canada Post informs about weather-related delivery delays in Dryden and Rainy River.
Please refer to the Canada Post website regarding details and status updates.
Thailand 5-Dec Father's Day / The King's Birthday – National
Austria 6-Dec Vienna (VIE) – Flight Cancellations in Vienna:
An Austrian Airlines cabin staff meeting prompted flight cancellations and delays at Vienna Airport (VIE) on December 06.
Canada 6-Dec Quebec – Weather-Related Delivery Delays in Quebec:
Canada Post informs about weather-related delivery delays in Sept-Îles.
Please refer to the Canada Post website regarding details and status updates.
Ecuador 6-Dec Quito: Quito Day – Local
Finland 6-Dec
Independence Day – National
Iran 6-Dec Birthday of Prophet Muhammad and Imam Sadegh – National
Spain 6-Dec All except Andalusia, Aragón, Castile-León, Extremadura, La Rioja, Melilla, Murcia, Valencia: Constitution Day -Regional
Chile 7-11-Dec CorreosChile – Temporary Postal Disruptions in Chile:
CorreosChile advises that delays are to be expected in inbound international mail operations (letters, parcels and EMS), EDI message transmissions and the processing of international inquiries as a result of the relocation of the Santiago International Office of Exchange between December 07 and 11.   
International operations are expected to be back to normal as from December 12.
Italy 7-Dec Milan: St. Ambrosius – Local
Norway 7-Dec Flight Disruptions in Norway:
Adverse weather conditions prompted flight cancellations and delays at Norwegian airports on December 07.
Particularly affected were the airports Oslo (OSL) and Bodø (BOO).
Senegal 7-Dec SN La Poste – Possible Postal Disruptions in Senegal:
SN La Poste informs that the SNDKRA office of exchange will be transferred following the opening of the new Blaise Diagne de Diass International Airport (DSS) on December 07.
Thailand 7-11-Dec Ongoing Severe Weather in Thailand:
Due to the continuous heavy rain, the southern regions of Thailand were declared a disaster area.
Operations at Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (NST) are currently suspended.
According to meteorologists, severe rainfall and flooding are expected in the following provinces through December 11:
Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang, Yala.
Please be prepared for traffic disruptions as well as delays in mail processing and delivery in the affected areas.
Lots of Countries (Worldwide) 8-Dec Immaculate Conception – National
Macedonia 8-Dec St. Clement of Ohrid's Day – National
Mexico 8-Dec Severe Weather in Mexico:
A cold front with snow, strong winds and rain has been impacting much of Mexico since December 08, causing traffic disruptions.
Particularly affected were the states of Chihuanhua, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Veracruz and the State of Mexico.
Another cold front is forecast to hit the north, northeast, center, and east of the country in the coming days.
Panama 8-Dec Mother's Day – National
Paraguay 8-Dec Virgin of Caacupé Day – National
United States 8-Dec Atlanta (ATL) – Ongoing Weather-Related Flight Cancellations at Atlanta Airport:
Due to heavy snow, hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed from and to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on 8 and 9 December.
United States 8-Dec Atlanta (ATL) – Weather-Related Flight Cancellations at Atlanta Airport:
Wintry weather conditions have prompted preemptive flight cancellations at Atlanta Airport (ATL) on December 08.

Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden,
United Kingdom

Western Europe – Weather-Related Traffic Disruptions:
Heavy snowfall and severe winds have prompted further rail, air, and road traffic disruptions in western Europe as well as power outages in western France on December 11.

With regard to air traffic, the following airports were particularly affected by flight cancellations and delays:
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), London Heathrow (LHR), Nice (NCE), Brussels-Zaventem (BRU), Frankfurt (FRA), Munich (MUC), Paris (CDG / ORY), Zurich (ZRH), Stockholm (ARN), Copenhagen (CPH)

In this context, bpost informs that Brussels Airport (BRU) was closed on Monday morning and many flights were cancelled or diverted.

In addition, Deutsche Post AG advises that freighters and RFS-trucks were not affected by the flight disruptions at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on Sunday.

Germany, Netherlands,
United Kingdom
10-Dec Weather-Related Flight Disruptions:
Heavy snowfall caused flight cancellations and delays at numerous European airports on 10th December.
The following airports were most affected:
Frankfurt am Main (FRA)
Munich Franz Josef Strauß (MUC)
Dusseldorf (DUS)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
London Heathrow (LHR)
London Stansted (STN)
London Luton (LTN)
Birmingham (BHX)
The wintry weather conditions also caused widespread disruptions in road traffic, particularly across central England and northern Wales as well as in Germany and the Netherlands.
Cambodia 10-11-Dec Human Rights Day – National
Namibia 10-Dec Human Rights Day – National
Thailand 10-11-Dec Constitution Day – National
Burkina Faso 11-Dec Independence Day – National
Indonesia 11-Dec Java Island – Severe Weather:
Heavy rainfall prompted flooding in Jakarta on December 11, causing traffic disruptions.
Meteorologists have forecast further rain with possible flash floods in the provinces of Banten, West Java, Central Java and East Java through December.
Canada 12-Dec Ontario, Quebec – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions:
Wintry weather conditions prompted numerous flight cancellations and delays at Toronto (YYZ) and Montreal (YUL) airports on December 12.
In this context, Canada Post informs about delivery delays in Ontario due to inclement weather.
Chile 12-15-Dec CorreosChile – Temporary Postal Disruptions:
CorreosChile informs that international operations will be running as of December 12.
However, as a result of the relocation of the Santiago International Office of Exchange, the process for the receipt of inbound letters, parcels and EMS will continue to see delays between December 12 and 15.

Finland, Norway 12-13-Dec Helsinki Airport (HEL), Oslo Airport (OSL) – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions:
Posti Ltd informs that the storm in Central Europe and runway restrictions caused by heavy snowfall prompted severe flight disruptions at Helsinki Airport (HEL) on Tuesday evening. An overtime working ban imposed by the Finnish aviation union also contributed partly to the situation. Many flights were cancelled or delayed.   
Adverse weather conditions also prompted flight cancellations and delays at Oslo Airport (OSL) on December 13.
Kenya 12-Dec Independence Day – National
Panama 12-Dec Colón – Flooding:
According to media reports, heavy rainfall caused flooding and traffic disruptions in Colón on December 12.
Additional rainfall and flooding is expected in the coming days.
Canada 13-Dec New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec – Weather-Related Postal Disruptions:
Canada Post informs about postal disruptions due to inclement weather.
Affected are:
New Brunswick: Edmundston, Rural New Brunswick
Quebec: Saint Lawrence, North Coast Region
Ontario: London, Goderich, Clinton
Greece 13-14-Dec General Strike in Greece:
The unions GSEE and ADEDY have called on their members to stage a 24-hour strike on December 14.
Further details are not yet known. However, ferry services will be disrupted from 12:00 on December 13 for 24 hours.
India 13-Dec Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal: Chanukka (Begin of Chanukka) – Regional
Italy 13-Dec Severe Weather in Italy:
Severe weather hit Italy in recent days, prompting traffic disruptions.
Northern Italy was affected by snow and freezing rain, while heavy rains and strong winds caused damage in Tuscany. On Sicily, ferry services were temporarily suspended.
Heavy rain also triggered flooding and evacuations in Emilia-Romagna. Particularly affected was the area between Parma and Reggio Emilia. The highest warning level is still in effect.
Malta 13-Dec Republic Day – National
United States 13-Dec Detroit (DTW) – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions:
Wintry weather conditions prompted numerous flight cancellations and delays at Detroit Airport (DTW) on December 13.
Austria 14-Dec Suspension of Niki Flight Operations:
After filing for insolvency on Wednesday, Austrian-based Air Berlin subsidiary Niki has ended all flight operations with immediate effect.
Germany 14-Dec Severe Weather Hits Southwest of Germany:
Severe gale-force winds and thunderstorms hit parts of Germany on Thursday, causing severe damage, power outages and traffic disruptions.
Particularly affected were Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg.
Greece 14-Dec Hellenic Post – Strike-Related Postal Disruptions:
Hellenic Post informs that the 24-hour general strike on December 14 will affect both international and domestic mail collection and delivery.
Switzerland 14-Dec Geneva – Announcement of Civil Servants Strike:
Civil servants in Geneva have scheduled a strike for December 14.
Besides demonstrations, road blocks are to be expected.
United States
14-Dec Detroit (DTW), New York (LGA) – Weather-Related Flight Disruptions:
Adverse weather conditions prompted further flight cancellations and delays at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Detroit Airport (DTW) on December 14.
Italy 15-Dec Upcoming Aviation Strikes in Italy:
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport informs about aviation strikes in Italy on December 15.
Several unions representing aviation staff in general as well as personnel at Alitalia-SAI and Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) have announced to stage 24-hour strikes.
Additional walkouts of varying durations have been planned for the same day by the following parties:
air traffic controllers, McGinley Aviation, Brookfield Aviation International, Crewlink Ireland Ltd., Ryanair Ltd., Workforce International Contractors Ltd., air traffic controllers in Rome, personnel at Rome-Fiumicino and Rome-Ciampino airports, Vueling Airlines.
Please refer to the website of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport regarding up-to-date strike information.
Unless averted, significant flight disruptions are expected.
Bahrain 16-17-Dec National Day – National
Ireland 16-Dec St. Stephen's Day – National
Philippines 16-Dec Tropical Storm Kai-Tak Hits the Philippines:
Tropical Storm Kai-Tak made landfall in the eastern Samar province on December 16 and in Palawan province on December 18, causing flooding and landslides.
Power lines in 39 cities, roads and bridges have been damaged. The islands of Samar and Leyte were particularly affected; the city of Tacloban (Leyte) is almost completely submerged in water.
Transport has been disrupted and flash flooding and landslides remain possible across the affected regions.
South Africa 16-Dec Reconciliation Day – National
Uruguay 16-Dec Further Strike Action by Air Traffic Controllers:
Air traffic controllers in Uruguay reportedly plan to stage another strike on December 16. Flight disruptions therefore might be possible.
Germany 17-18-Dec Weather-Related Flight Cancellations at Frankfurt Airport:
Deutsche Post (DE) informs that snowfall at Airport Frankfurt (FRA) on Sunday, 17 December to Monday, 18. December has caused flight delays and cancellations.  
Lufthansa had set an Embargo for Cargo and Mail on Domestic and Continental flights. Freighters and RFS-trucks are not affected.
As a result, several flights had to be canceled at Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin-Tegel airports.
The situation will improve over the day as the temperatures go up.
Israel 17-Dec General Strike in Israel:
The strike was supposed to affect airports and ports, banks and authorities. In Jerusalem alone, hundreds of people blocked central streets.
At Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, the strike began at 8 am (local time) and was to last four hours. Numerous flights planned for this period were brought forward, some flights were canceled.
Thailand 17-Dec Four Southern Provinces Flooded:
The provinces of Songkhla, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani are still flooded following the severe flooding in southern provinces of Thailand since 25 November. Traffic disruptions still might be expected.
United States 17-Dec Atlanta (ATL) – Further Flight Cancellations and Delays:
Power at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has been fully restored, but significant flight disruptions still occurred on Monday, December 18.
United States 17-Dec Power Outage Paralyzes Atlanta Airport:
Power outages have caused serious flight disruptions on December 17 at Atlanta Airport (ATL) and in US air traffic.
Hundreds flights from and to Hartsfield-Jackson have been or canceled.
Impacts of the power failure were felt to Chicago. O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport reported dozens of canceled flights and numerous delays. Airline Delta, headquartered in Atlanta, reported that more than 450 flights had been canceled.
Although, the power supply is restored, the impact on air traffic is expected to continue for a few more days.

18-Dec Ryanair Pilots Strike Action Called off:
Announced strice action by Ryanair pilots from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal have been called off.
Iceland 18-Dec Industrial Actions at Icelandair:
Iceland Post (IS) informs that at 6 am on Sunday December 17, mechanics at Icelandair started a strike for an indefinite period until a collective wage agreement is made with Icelandair.  
The strike action will result in delays and cancellations for Icelandair flights until the strike is cancelled.  
Iceland Post is currently only using Icelandair for outbound transport but are looking for alternate possibilities for transporting mail.  
This may result in delays in transportation to and from Iceland.
Iceland Post will give an update to the situation when more information is available.
United Kingdom 18-Dec Manchester Airport (MAN) – Flight Delays:
Long delays occurred at Manchester Airport on 18 December after flights in and out of Manchester Airport were suspended because of emergency repairs and thick fog.
Qatar 18-Dec National Day – National

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