Travel risk round-up: 13 June

Strike Action to Take Place at Helsinki Airport from 15 June to 16 June, Finland

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Strike Action to Take Place at Helsinki Airport from 15 June to 16 June, Finland

A strike is due to take place at Helsinki Airport (HEL) from 1700hrs (1400 UTC) on Friday, 15 June until 1700hrs (1400 UTC) on Saturday, 16 June, staged by the Aviation Union (IAU) to denounce working conditions of airport employees. During the strike action, services for passengers requiring assistance will not be handled. No potential flight cancellations, delays or diversions have been announced.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members intending to travel to and from Helsinki are advised to anticipate potential travel disruptions. Travellers should confirm the status of their flights before departing for the airport, and continue to monitor local media reports for further updates.

 

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Over 100 People Arrested Following Ongoing Protests Nationwide, Vietnam

According to local media sources on Tuesday, 12 June, over a 100 people have been arrested during ongoing demonstrations across the country following the announcement of a measure to create Special Economic Zones to which many local residents fear will lead to domination of these zones by Chinese investors. The cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Mihn as well as various settlements in Bihn Thuan Province have witnessed protests. In Bihn Thuan protesters burned down a government office and threw stones and other projectiles at the police. Currently authorities have increased police presence on the streets. The Chinese embassy in Hanoi has issued a statement to Chinese citizens in Vietnam to stay alert and avoid any protests motivated by anti-Chinese sentiment. While the government has announced that it shall delay the proposed legislation due to the protests the unrest is likely to continue in the immediate future.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Vietnam are advised to avoid the vicinity of protests or any other large political gatherings in order to lessen the chances of being affected by incidental violence and opportunistic crime. Members should monitor local media sources for any further information and heed any directives issued by the authorities.

 

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Power Outage Reported in Talca, Maule Region, Chile

According to local media sources on Sunday, 10 June, 45,000 houses and businesses are experiencing a power outage in Talca, in the Maule region. The causes are not known at this time. More information is awaited.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the area should review business and travel contingency plans in light of the outage and monitor local media for updates on the situation and latest information on the restoration of power.

 

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Several Fatalities Reported Following Typhoon-Triggered Landslides in Hainan and Guangdong Provinces, China

Local media sources reported on Friday, 8 June, that at least five people have been killed in a landslide in Xinxing County, Guangdong Province. Several landslides have been triggered by Typhoon Ewiniar’s torrential rains in the Hainan and Guangdong provinces since Wednesday, 6 June. As of noon on Friday, 8 June, over 1,000 people from 12 towns and villages in Xinxing have been relocated to safety.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in the Hainan and Guangdong provinces are advised to familiarise themselves with emergency protocols and remain highly alert to any directives issued by the local authorities. Members should monitor local media sources for further weather-related updates and be wary of steep and unstable sloped areas. Those conducting overland travel in the vicinity of the landslide may experience delays due to debris and emergency response operations.

 

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Mass Protest Planned in Zagreb, 15 June; Expect Travel Disruption, Croatia

A civic platform critical of recent price hikes on fuels has organised a mass protest in Zagreb on Friday, 15 June. The specifics of the protest are still to be determined but local sources indicate that protesters may stop their vehicles during rush hour in order to generate significant travel disruption in and around the city centre. Similar demonstrations will also take place in neighbouring countries such as Serbia and Bosnia.

Advice to businesses and travellers

Members in Zagreb should expect some overland travel disruption due to the protest action. It is further advised to avoid the vicinity of all political demonstrations and large public gatherings in order to minimise the risk of exposure to potential unruly crowd behaviour, incidental violence, and heavy-handed police response.

 




 

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