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22.04.19  /  Extreme  /  Sri Lanka – Seven Suspects Arrested as Death Toll Surpasses 200


22.04.19 Sri Lanka Seven Suspects Arrested as Death Toll Surpasses 200

Seven suspects have been arrested over the Easter Sunday terror bombings at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, that killed at least 207 people and wounded hundreds more. Sri Lanka's defense minister Ruwan Wijewardena confirmed the arrests, according to Associated Press. Eight blasts, thought to have been targeting worshippers and tourists, were reported across the country, in the worst bout of violence in Sri Lanka since the South Asian country's bloody civil war ended a decade ago. The death toll is expected to rise. The government has imposed an island-wide curfew and a social media shutdown. However, the curfew will not impact those travelling overseas. Sri Lankan Airlines advised passengers on Twitter that they will still be able to make their way Bandaranaike International Airport during curfew but will need to show their ticket and passport at various check points. In a second tweet they asked passengers to arrive four hours before their flight. Due to heightened security measures, only those flying will be allowed inside.

20.04.19  /  Medium  /  Spain – Nationwide Strike at Airports


20.04.19 Spain Nationwide Strike at Airports

As of 18 April 2019, airport ground handling workers are planning to launch a nationwide strike at airports across Spain beginning on 21 April and running through 24 April. Approximately 60,000 members of the Workers’ Trade Union (USO) and the General Union of Workers (UGT) are expected to walk off the job if the strike occurs as planned. Significant delays and cancellations are expected at AENA-operated (or state-operated) airports, which include Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas (LEMD/MAD), Barcelona-El Prat Airport (LEBL/BCN) and Palma de Mallorca Airport (LEPA/PMI), among others. Negotiations are underway to improve wages and working conditions, but airport officials are warning passengers to contact their airlines for information on delays

20.04.19  /  High  /  France – Yellow Vest Protests Continue


20.04.19 France Yellow Vest Protests Continue

As of 19 April 2019, “yellow vest” demonstrations are expected to occur across France for the 23rd consecutive weekend on 20 April. Organizers have focused on gathering demonstrators in Paris after the previous week’s efforts were focused on Toulouse. Government authorities expect a revitalization of the movement due to the Easter holiday. French authorities have announced increased police officer presence in Paris and banned demonstrations on Paris’ Champs-Elysées, Place de l'Etoile and near the Élysée Palace, the National Assembly and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Officials have also banned protests in other parts of France, including the downtown areas of Bourg-en-Bresse, Caen, Lyon, Rouen and Toulouse. Despite the bans, protests are likely to occur in the aforementioned cities. In Paris, demonstrators intend to march from Place de la Porte Maillot in northwest Paris to the Cité de la Musique in the 19th arrondissement. Participants have also announced plans to protest on the Champs-Elysées and in the vicinity of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in defiance of the bans. Demonstrations are also currently scheduled for Bordeaux, Bourg-en-Bresse, Caen, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier and Toulouse, but most protesters are expected to converge on Paris.

19.04.19  /  High  /  India – Jet Airways Suspends All Flights


19.04.19 India Jet Airways Suspends All Flights

On 17 April 2019, Jet Airways issued a statement announcing the suspension of all flights. The decision comes after lenders led by the State Bank of India decided not to provide the airline with interim funding. In recent months, the airline had been steadily reducing operations, and was operating fewer than 10 aircraft prior to the announcement. A bid process is ongoing for investors to potentially revive the company; the bid process is expected to end on 10 May.

19.04.19  /  High  /  Pakistan – Separatist Group Attack Bus


19.04.19 Pakistan Separatist Group Attack Bus

At approximately 0030 local time on 18 April 2019 (1930 UTC on 17 April), a group of armed assailants attacked a passenger bus as it was traveling on the Makran Coastal Highway in Baluchistan province. The bus had been en route from Karachi to Gwadar, when gunmen dressed in Pakistani police and paramilitary uniforms boarded the vehicle, checked the passengers’ identity cards and then forced 16 of the passengers off of the bus and executed 14 of them. Two of the passengers managed to escape. The newly formed Baloch Raji Aaajoi Sangar separatist group later claimed responsibility for the attack.

18.04.19  /  High  /  Portugal – Fuel Supplies to Airports and Security Services Assured


18.04.19 Portugal Fuel Supplies to Airports and Security Services Assured

On 17 April 2019, Prime Minister António Costa announced that fuel supplies to airports and security services were assured and that 40% of the total fuel needs in the cities of Lisbon and Porto were being reached. The announcement follows the declaration of a national energy crisis the previous day due to the ongoing strike by Portugal’s National Union of Drivers of Hazardous Material (SNMMP). Truck drivers have been ordered to resume deliveries to essential establishments such as airports and hospitals. The Portuguese National Republican Guard has been mobilized to ensure that critical services remain operational, allowing them to conduct fuel transportation operations. The ANA Aeroportos de Portugal airport authority had announced that Lisbon Airport (LPPT/LIS) and Faro International Airport (LPFR/FAO) were out of fuel due to the labor action. In a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) released on 16 April, authorities warned that aircraft should land at Lisbon Airport with enough fuel to depart to their next destination. Disruptions to airport operations remain a concern while fuel services are being reestablished. Fuel shortages are expected to continue countrywide, as over 2,000 gas stations are continuing to experience shortages.
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