LLZZ/Israel From Jun 9, Israel will ban all Indonesian passport holders from entering the country. This comes after a recent incident where Indonesian authorities refused entry to a group of Israeli tourists, reportedly in response to recent events in Gaza.
MNZZ/Nicaragua At least 100 killed in Nicaragua as political violence has intensified over the past few days. Roadblocks by protestors have increased nationwide, including some roads around MNMG/Managua Airport.
LSGG/Geneva Runway repairs mean the airport will be closed each night Sun-Thu from midnight to 6am local time, Jun 17 – Aug 3. No evacuation possible, so airport can’t be used for emergency diverts, and should not to be planned as an alternate.
PHZZ/Hawaii Kilauea erupted again on Jun 7. A river of lava destroyed an entire neighbourhood, but ops not affected at Hawaiian airports. Volcanic ash cloud was initially reported up to FL100, but is no longer identifiable from satellite data. Check VAAC for latest at https://goo.gl/JuS5VE
WADD/Bali Runway repairs mean Bali’s airport will be closed each night (except Wednesdays) from 02-07 local time, Jun 24 – Sep 22.
LEZZ/Spain That Barcelona ATC strike announced in April, and planned for Jun 20, won’t be happening. Spanish controllers have decided there is enough strike action across the border in Marseilles.
MMZZ/Mexico Hurricane Bud is weakening, max sustained winds have decreased to near 60 knots with higher gusts. Expected to become a tropical storm late Weds, and forecast to still be a tropical storm when it reaches southern Baja California late Thursday.
ELLX/Luxembourg Saturday’s short-notice closure of Runway 06/24 was unplanned, and due to immediate repairs required to the surface. There were significant delays on reopening. Potential for further unplanned repairs, monitor.
VOGO/Goa Runway lights failed for three hours on Jun 9, closing airport. This is the second time in 3 weeks that this has happened. There are also concerns over the runway surface condition.
LGAV/Athens Airport will now not accept any positioning flights without pax on board, and no flights with ground time over 24 hours. PPR is required for all operations.
DNAS/Asaba Slowly becoming operational again after a 6 week closure to repair the main runway.
LGZZ/Greece The annual weekend Greek Islands slot delays are up and running. LGMK/Mykonos stand allocation computer has broken, high delays there, and also at LGSR (the worst), LGSA, LGIR, LGAV. This will be a normal situation during the summer, Saturdays are often the worst.
LFZZ/France The next round of French strikes in the LFMM/Marseilles sector is expected June 16-17. No official word yet, but it’s expected to be similiar to the recent strike over the weekend of June 9-10.
MNZZ/Nicaragua The latest indication of the worsening crisis – American Airlines have now cancelled all flights to Nicaragua due to civil unrest across the country that have claimed the lives of at least 139 people so far.
OLBA/Beirut On Jun 8, Lebanese media reported that staffing levels at the airport are a cause for potential safety concerns. There is a shortage of air traffic controllers and reports indicate there have been at least four potentially serious safety incidents since the beginning of 2018.
LTAC/Ankara More reports from Opsgroup members of GPS jamming in Turkish airspace, particularly around LTAC airport. “It was gone for a long while over Ankara city, but it seems that it has come back now, and it’s worse than ever. Especially if you make an approach to Ankara (LTAC) rwy 21L/R from the East. Apparently the GPS signals get jammed by the military over Ankara city due to fear of attacks with precision guided missiles.”
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