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16.10.19  /  Medium  /  Switzerland – Swiss Air Ground Airbus 220 Fleet


16.10.19 Switzerland Swiss Air Ground Airbus 220 Fleet

On 15 October 2019, Swiss Air announced the grounding of its Airbus 220 fleet with immediate effect due to engine problems. According to the airline, the grounding will cause a large number of flight cancellations, which will lead to a “significant reduction in air operations.” The carrier will reintroduce the fleet upon the conclusion of an inspection of the fleet’s engines. A timeline for the reintroduction of the fleet and end of the associated disruptions is unavailable. Swiss Air owns 29 Airbus 220 aircraft, which are used primarily for European routes.

16.10.19  /  Low  /  Thailand – Travel Restrictions


16.10.19 Thailand Travel Restrictions

On 15 October 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Thailand, which reads in part as follows: “On 24 October there will be a Royal Barge Procession along a 4.2km section of the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok. There will also be full dress rehearsals on 17 and 21 October. Travel restrictions are likely to be in place on these days, which could include road, bridge, waterway and pier closures, as well as other restrictions related to viewing the procession. You should follow the advice of local security authorities regarding any restrictions.”

16.10.19  /  High  /  Haiti – Updated Travel Advice


16.10.19 Haiti Updated Travel Advice

On 15 October 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Haiti, which reads in part as follows: "There have been sporadic, unpredictable and sometimes violent demonstrations, protests and roadblocks in Port au Prince and throughout Haiti since July 2018, with a notable increase in civil unrest in the weeks since 2 September 2019. The movement of goods and people into and within the country is often disrupted due to blocked roads and security incidents. As a consequence, there are sometimes fuel and food shortages. "If you’re in Haiti or due to undertake essential travel, you should remain vigilant at all times, keep movements to a minimum and regularly review your departure options. Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings, monitor local media, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with this travel advice. The following local FM radio stations broadcast in French and Kreyol: Radio Metropole 100.1; RFM 104.9; Radio Kiskeya 88.5; Radio IBO 98.5; Radio ONE 90.5; Radio Nationale d’Haiti 105.3; and Radio Pacific 101.5."

15.10.19  /  High  /  Mozambique – Security Alert


15.10.19 Mozambique Security Alert

On 11 October 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Maputo issued a Security Alert regarding upcoming general elections in Mozambique, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Areas North of Pemba in Cabo Delgado Province, Xai Xai in Gaza Province, and Nampula City in Nampula Province “Event: National elections will take place in Mozambique on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. The campaign season has been marked by a recent increase in tensions, including some political violence. While the U.S. Embassy expects the elections to be relatively calm throughout most of the country and recognizes the Government of the Republic of Mozambique is working diligently to ensure elections are safe and orderly, we remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Due to ongoing extremist violence in districts north of Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province, recent violence against civil society groups in Xai Xai, Gaza Province, and credible threats in Nampula City, Nampula Province, the embassy encourages U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to these areas."

15.10.19  /  Medium  /  China – Thousands Rally


15.10.19 China Thousands Rally

On the evening of 14 October 2019, thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied at Chater Garden in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district to protest against the mask ban that went into effect on 5 October. All MTR services -- except the Airport Express line -- closed at 2200 local time (1400 UTC); the Airport Express line is only operating between Airport and Hong Kong stations at 10-minute intervals. On 13 October riot police officers clashed with small groups of masked protesters who held flash mobs throughout Hong Kong, including in the Mong Kok, Yuen Long and Tai Po districts. Riot police officers deployed tear gas in the Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan areas after demonstrators damaged pro-China commercial establishments. Protesters also blocked roads, vandalized metro stations and several pro-China businesses, and threw at least 20 Molotov cocktails at Mong Kok police station. At approximately 1930 local time, protesters attacked two plainclothes police officers in Tseung Kwan O. Separately, outside of the Kwun Tong MTR station, an assailant slashed a uniformed police officer in the neck with a sharp object; the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police officers arrested two suspects at the scene. Meanwhile, at approximately 2000 local time, a small remotely-detonated improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near the intersection of Fife street and Nathan road in Mong Kok while police vehicles were present. The blast did not cause injuries or damage. Previously, on 12 October, protesters threw Molotov cocktails into Kowloon Tong MTR station. While no one was injured in the attack; the station sustained serious damage. Demonstrators also gathered outside the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui. In addition, protesters blocked traffic along Salisbury, Haiphong and Nathan roads. Meanwhile, in Yau Ma Tei, protesters damaged several businesses and parts of the Kowloon Government Offices.

12.10.19  /  Medium  /  Haiti – Security Alert


12.10.19 Haiti Security Alert

On 10 October 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Location: Port-au-Prince and throughout Haiti. “Events: The opposition has announced in local media plans for protest demonstrations during the period October 11 through 17, including in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy on Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15. During this period, movements of U.S. Embassy personnel will be restricted to home to work, between the two residential U.S. Embassy compounds and the Chancery.”
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