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{{newsitem|Military Stages Coup in Fiji|5 December 2006|Military seizes control of [[Fiji]] locking down the capital. Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced in a nationally broadcast statement that, "As of 6 o'clock this evening, the military has taken over the government, has executive authority and the running of this country."}}
  
 
{{newsitem|Daylight savings affecting flight times|3 December 2006|The introduction of daylight saving time to [[Western Australia]] has affected some of the flight times at [[Perth]] Airport by an hour. Passengers have been advised to confirm departure times with airlines.}}
 
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Revision as of 17:15, 5 December 2006

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EU enlargement

EU enlargement

1 January 2007

Bulgaria and Romania are now members of the European Union, and Slovenia has ditched its tolar for the euro.


December

Military Stages Coup in Fiji

Military Stages Coup in Fiji

5 December 2006

Military seizes control of Fiji locking down the capital. Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced in a nationally broadcast statement that, "As of 6 o'clock this evening, the military has taken over the government, has executive authority and the running of this country."


Daylight savings affecting flight times

Daylight savings affecting flight times

3 December 2006

The introduction of daylight saving time to Western Australia has affected some of the flight times at Perth Airport by an hour. Passengers have been advised to confirm departure times with airlines.


November

Fiji military commander not engaging

Fiji military commander not engaging

10 November 2006

Media reports from Fiji indicate the military commander is not engaging with the Great Council of Chiefs' attempts to avert a coup. Mediators from the Council went to see the Commander after he did not show up at a Council meeting called to resolve the dispute between the Commander and Fiji's Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, meanwhile, announced amendments to proposed legislation that partly met the Commander's demands.


New carry-on rules in EU

New carry-on rules in EU

6 November 2006

Effective today, all flights within and from the European Union limit liquids, gels and creams in hand baggage to 100 mL/container, carried in a transparent, zip-lock plastic bag (1L or less). The bag must be presented during security checks and only one bag per passenger is permitted.


Military coup threat in Fiji

Military coup threat in Fiji

4 November 2006

The British Foreign Office strongly advises against all but essential travel to Fiji due to tensions between the Fiji government and military. The Fiji Military Commander issued an ultimatum to the government demanding that they resign by the start of November. He is currently out of the country but is expected to return in the first week of November, when the situation is expected to deteriorate rapidly.


October

London-Hong Kong £75

London-Hong Kong £75

October 27, 2006

Hong Kong-based Oasis airline has started low fare flight to London-Gatwick for only £75/HK$1,000one-way. Other low fare routes to Milan, Berlin, Cologne, Oakland and Chicago will soon be opened.


Earthquakes in Hawaii

Earthquakes in Hawaii

15 October 2006

A strong earthquake measuring 6.6 on the moment magnitude scale shook Hawaii at 18:07 (UTC). Structural damage to buildings, power outage, and plumbing problems have all been reported. Honolulu International Airport canceled departing flights, however, was still accepting incoming flights. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is reporting there is not a threat of a tsunami to strike the area.


Haze in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore

Haze in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore

7 October 2006

Severe haze is affecting parts of Indonesia (Sumatra and Borneo), Malaysia, Singapore and even southern Thailand. People with respiratory ailments are advised to stay indoors and avoid vigorous activity.


Another SAS strike possible

Another SAS strike possible

04 October 2006

The Swedish unions and SAS have made an agreement, however it only lasts until february 2007.But the Danish unions and SAS are still arguing. If both parts haven't come to an agreement until Tuesday 10/10, a strike will break out that will disturb especially the traffic on Copenhagen Kastrup, the largest(in terms of passenger-volume) airport in Northern Europe.


September

All flights to new Bangkok airport

All flights to new Bangkok airport

28 September 2006

Starting today, all flights to and from the Thai capital Bangkok move to the new Suvarnabhumi Airport. The first day was relatively smooth, but allow extra time and avoid check-in baggage if possible. [1]


Carry-on limits relaxed

Carry-on limits relaxed

25 September 2006

The US now allow toiletries (3 oz max), lip gloss and hand lotion, as well as bringing on board items bought at the airport. while UK airports allow standard-size cabin bags again.


Islamic holiday of Ramadan begins

Islamic holiday of Ramadan begins

23 September 2006

Muslims' annual month of fasting and prayer has begun. Travellers in Islamic countries should note the practice of fasting between sunrise and sunset, limited office hours and transportation jams towards the end of the month.


Coup in Thailand

Coup in Thailand

19 September 2006

An army faction has staged a coup in Thailand. No blood has been shed so far and most basic services continue to function, but banks and government offices are to remain closed on the 20th. Avoid demonstrations, military units and government buildings.


New Bangkok airport opens

New Bangkok airport opens

15 Sep 2006

Starting today, Jetstar and some Thai domestic flights will move to Bangkok's long-awaited new Suvarnabhumi Airport, which will take over all flights to and from the Thai capital by Sept 28. Expect chaos as operations settle in. [2]


August

Kinshasa situation easing

Kinshasa situation easing

24 Aug 2006

Riots in Kinshasa, the capital of the troubled D.R. Congo are dissipating and the airport has reopened. [3]


Chaos in Kinshasa

Chaos in Kinshasa

22 Aug 2006

Kinshasa, the capital of the troubled D.R. Congo, is flames against after election results were announced. The city's airport is closed to all flights. [4]


UK carry-on rules eased

UK carry-on rules eased

15 August 2006

Effective today, a single small carry-on bag, which may contain electronics, is allowed on flights leaving the UK. Liquids, gels and pastes remain banned both in the UK and the US. Department for Transport: Airline security


Airport chaos in the UK

Airport chaos in the UK

10 August 2006

The uncovering of a terrorist plot has caused chaos at British airports. Many flights to London, Birmingham and other major hubs have been cancelled or delayed; reroute travel if possible. Severe restrictions currently forbid bringing nearly anything as carry-on: all liquids, computers, cameras, iPods, duty-free goods, reading material and even spectacle cases are now banned. Department for Transport: Airline security


Philippine volcano warning

Philippine volcano warning

7 August 2006

Mount Mayon, Philippines' biggest volcano, is predicted to erupt in the next few days and Philippine authorities have evacuated around 35000 people living within 8km of the crater. Travel is not advised to the immediate area.


Biman Bangladesh in trouble

Biman Bangladesh in trouble

1 Aug 2006

Bangladesh's flag carrier Biman is in serious financial trouble. Flights to New York have been suspended and routes to Paris, Frankfurt and Yangon will be terminated in October. All international routes are under review and, with ancient aircraft and mounting debts, the airline's future is uncertain.


July

Middle East unrest

Middle East unrest

27 July 2006

Fighting in Lebanon and Israel continues to disrupt travel in the region. Lebanese flag carrier MEA is now flying again, but has temporarily shifted to use Damascus, Syria as its hub.


Serial blasts in Mumbai

Serial blasts in Mumbai

11 July 2006

Seven explosions have been reported from local trains in Bombay during the evening rush hours. Casualties are expected to be heavy. Travel to the city might be affected in the near future. Expect increased security.


Tibet railway opens

Tibet railway opens

2 July 2006

The 1140-km Qinghai-Tibet railway, connecting Lhasa to Golmud and hence all the way to Beijing, has opened. The highest point of the line is at over 5000 meters, and cabins will be oxygen supplied to help passengers cope. Tickets start from 389 yuan from Beijing to Lhasa.


Shanghai South Station opens

Shanghai South Station opens

1 July 2006

Shanghai's new South Railway Station has opened for business. The station will handles services to the south of the city, including Hangzhou and Hong Kong, but services will be in flux until the entire complex is operational so check carefully. The station can be reached on subway line 1 and 3.


June

Train disruption in Thailand

Train disruption in Thailand

10 June 2006

Floods in Uttaradit have washed away tracks connecting Bangkok and Chiang Mai, disrupting services on the northern line. Target date for restoring service is June 17th. [5]


Terminal shuffle at Tokyo

Terminal shuffle at Tokyo

2 June 2006

The reopening of Tokyo Narita's Terminal 1 shifts many airlines around: in a nutshell, Star Alliance airlines will move to T1, oneworld airlines move to T2, and other airlines may stay put or move so check carefully. [6]


May

New Berlin station opens

New Berlin station opens

28 May 2006

After a €700 million construction project, a new Central Railway Station will open in Berlin, Germany. Nearly all long-distance trains to and from Berlin will be rerouted to use the station, and travel times north and south will be significantly reduced. [7]


Fighting in East Timor

Fighting in East Timor

26 May 2006

The East Timorese capital Dili has been wracked by gun battles as disgruntled soldiers protest against layoffs. Australian troops have moved in to quell the fighting, but most countries are advising tourists to steer clear.


Gang violence in São Paulo

Gang violence in São Paulo

16 May 2006

The third day of violent attacks by gangs have brought much of the Brazilian city of São Paulo to a standstill. While the violence has been mainly directed at the police and security forces, Monday saw buses and subway stations torched and even the domestic airport closed due to bomb threats. [8]


Volcano eruption near Yogyakarta

Volcano eruption near Yogyakarta

14 May 2006

Mount Merapi, a volcano about 30 km from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has started to erupt, with pyroclastic flows reaching 4 km from the crater. The eruption is not presently menacing Yogyakarta directly, but the region around the volcano has been evacuated and is closed to visits. Travelers to Yogyakarta should monitor the Smithsonian Institution's weekly update of volcanic activity via the Global Volcanism Program for current information.


Tourism industry boom in Brazil

Tourism industry boom in Brazil

11 May 2006

Brazil is expecting a major boom in the tourism industry this year, with an increasing number of visitors also expected in the next few years. According to Ministério do Turismo, the country's bureau for travel, tourism and hospitality matters, 6 millions foreign visitors are expected in 2006; the creation of 1,2 million jobs in related activities is expected until 2007. This increase is fueled partly by the recent addition of 30 weekly flights from Europe to the northeast region of the country.


Varig near collapse

Varig near collapse

3 May 2006

Brazil's flag carrier Varig is near financial collapse, with many flights cancelled in recent weeks and the government promising not to intervene if the airline goes bankrupt. The UK FCO has issued a warning advising avoiding travel.


April

Volcanic eruption near Yogyakarta

Volcanic eruption near Yogyakarta

18 April 2006

Mount Merapi, a volcano about 30 km (20 miles) from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, is showing signs of an impending eruption. Climbing the mountain, a common activity for the visitor, is prohibited for the time being, and contingency plans are being prepared for evacuation of villages close to the volcano if the eruption intensifies, but the eruption is not threatening Yogyakarta itself at the present time. The Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program web site has more details.


Demonstrations in Nepal

Demonstrations in Nepal

14 April 2006

Anti-government demonstrations in Nepal are becoming larger and increasingly violent, with 4 people killed and dozens injured in clashes in Kathmandu. Curfews are in place in all major cities and security forces have orders to shoot to kill curfew violators. See US Dept of State Travel Warning.


Albuquerque's Tricentennial

Albuquerque's Tricentennial

13 April 2006

April marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America. A city-wide celebration [9] is in progress and will continue through the month of April, with several special events on April 23, recognized as the date of the founding.


March

Silent New Year in Bali

Silent New Year in Bali

30 March 2006

Nyepi, the Hindu New Year, is one Balinese festival best avoided — the entire island shuts down for a day and all tourists are confined to their hotel rooms to hide from the angry demons that are said to roam the earth.


Budget terminals at Sing, KL

Budget terminals at Sing, KL

23 March 2006

New airport terminals built for low-cost carriers open in Kuala Lumpur on March 23 and in Singapore in March 26. Flights by Air Asia, Malaysia's sole low cost carrier, will operate from the new terminal which is located 15km from the main terminal, while Tiger Airways will move to Singapore's Budget Terminal. Both are connected to the main terminal by free shuttle buses.


EU publishes blacklist of banned airlines

EU publishes blacklist of banned airlines

22 March 2006

The European Transport Commission publishes a blacklist of nearly 100 unsecure airlines that will be banned from EU skies in the future.


New Kitakyushu Airport opens

New Kitakyushu Airport opens

16 March 2006

Kyushu's New Kitakyushu Airport has opened, giving the Japanese island a new international gateway.


Ryanair charges for luggage

Ryanair charges for luggage

16 March 2006

Effective 16 March, Ryanair will charge £2.50/€3.50 for each item of checked luggage. However, all fares will also be reduced by 9% (£2.50/€3.50), and passengers travelling with hand luggage and in possession of an EU passport will be able to check-in online proceeding directly to gate for priority boarding. Ryanair is also increasing each passenger’s luggage allowance from the current 25kg to 30kg (comprising 10kg carry-on and 20kg checked-in luggage).


Serial Bomb blasts in Varanasi

Serial Bomb blasts in Varanasi

7 March 2006

There have been multiple bomb blasts [10] at many places in Varanasi, including the Sankat mochan temple. Many deaths have been reported. While details are awaited, it has been clarified in the news channels that no idols have been harmed. Varanasi is Hinduism's holiest place and Islamic militants have already been suspected. India has had a history of such blasts, and often this has led to rioting between Hindus and Muslims. Visitors planning trips to India should keep an eye on the news to see how this turns out and how it affects their travel plans. But keep in mind that India is a big country and any local disturbances will not necessarily mean that the place you are going to is affected.


Bus strike in Finland

Bus strike in Finland

5 March 2006

Most local and long-distance bus services in Finland have been halted by a strike since Sunday at 6 PM. Trains and planes are operating normally, as are HKL's inner-city services in Helsinki. Details at Helsingin Sanomat (in English).


February

Carnivale!

Carnivale!

28 February 2006

Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent, is celebrated in many countries with a final blowout bacchanalian festival -- alternately known as Mardi Gras, Carnaval, or just Fat Tuesday. Carnaval is different around the world, but common factors include wild costumes, street parties, parades, flirtation, dancing, and lots of alcohol. Famous carnival centers include Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Prague, and New Orleans, which is struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.


Cape Town Power failure

Cape Town Power failure

19 February 2006

Cape Town relies for much of its power on Koeberg Nuclear power station - the reactors were shut down on the evening of the 18th of February. Power is gradually being restored to the city, but the premier has appealed to all to use electricity sparingly.


Kobe Airport opens

Kobe Airport opens

16 February 2006

Visitors to western Japan now have an additional option as Kobe's new airport opens. Build on reclaimed land, 16 min by train from the city center, the airport handles only domestic flights.


Danish, Norwegian embassies in Syria set on fire

Danish, Norwegian embassies in Syria set on fire

4 February 2006

The embassies of Denmark and Norway in Damascus, Syria have been set on fire by mobs in response to controversial caricatures of Muhammad published in Denmark and other newspapers throughout Europe. Denmark and Norway have advised citizens to leave Syria immediately.


January

Travel communities spread online

Travel communities spread online

27 January 2006

Social networking sites have been exploding across the Internet, with [myspace.com] and [thefacebook.com] leading the pack. In 2005, the trend spread into the travel space, with the launch of a number of travel community sites. Prominent among these sites is [TravBuddy.com], which launched in November and now has nearly 1000 users – and 500 travelogues and reviews. TravBuddy.com was listed as the most innovative Web 2.0 site of 2005 by [Articledashboard.com.]. The effects of travel networking sites is not yet clear, but it seems likely that users will have access to higher quality information resulting from the diverse set of writers and editors, all with different perspectives.


Northern Italy under massive snowing

Northern Italy under massive snowing

27 January 2006

Since yesterday northern Italy is under a massive snowing expected to last until tomorrow night. Milan and Genoa Airports are closed until tomorrow and railway connections are experiencing heavy difficulties. Authorities are asking people to use cars only in case of emergency and some highways have been closed to traffic. Travellers are strongly suggested to delay their depart at least until Saturday.


SAS strike over

SAS strike over

26 January 2006

A three-day wildcat strike that has paralyzed SAS flights within and from Denmark and Norway has ended. Flights are returning to normal, but the backlog may take time to clear.


Caracas airport bridge closure

Caracas airport bridge closure

11 January 2006

Due to signs of impending bridge collapse, the main highway between Venezuelan capital Caracas and its international airport has been closed. Land travel via alternative routes may take up to five hours, although business travellers in a hurry may opt for a helicopter transfer instead. A replacement bridge will not be ready until mid-2007 at the earliest.


Harbin Ice Festival opens

Harbin Ice Festival opens

05 January 2006

The 22nd International Snow and Ice Festival in the Chinese city of Harbin has kicked off. The festival continues until February 5.


Ukrainian gas dispute

Ukrainian gas dispute

04 January 2006

The Ukraine may experience a signuficant decrease in natural gas supplies from the Russian owned Gazprom company. The dispute started as four-fold increase in the price of natural gas from the Ukraine's natural gas suppliers. The Ukraine has protested that rate increase and supplies were cut off. The dispute affected reserves and prices in several West European nations and could affect heating prices and various other prices in the Ukraine.


New passport policy for U.S. travel

New passport policy for U.S. travel

01 September 2005

By 2008, all travelers, including U.S citizens, to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico and Central and South America, will be required to have a passport to enter or re-enter the United States. The aim, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is to strengthen border security. By December 31, 2006, the requirement will be applied to air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. One year later, it will be extended to all land border crossings as well as air and sea travel.


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