ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Kenya (Security threat level – 4): On 4 November 2022, Kenya Airways pilots affiliated with the Kenya Airline Pilots Association announced plans to conduct an indefinite strike as of 0600 local time (0300 UTC) on 5 November over deferred pay and pension disputes. More than 400 pilots are anticipated to participate in the strike action, which will likely cause disruptions to flights across the country — including at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (HKJK/NBO). The strike is being organized in defiance of a court order intended to block the action.
North Korea / South Korea (Security threat levels – 3 / 2): On 4 November 2022, the South Korean military deployed 80 military aircraft following the detection of approximately 180 North Korean fighter jets flying near the Military Demarcation Line between the two countries. North Korean military aircraft were detected near South Korea’s “tactical action line” — a virtual line located 20-50 km (12-30 mi) north of the two countries’ maritime and land borders, which is used by the South Korean military to determine threatening actions from its rival. The event occurred approximately 12 hours after North Korean military troops fired at least 90 artillery rounds into the Sea of Japan amid the continuation of joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises.
Pakistan (Security threat level – 5): On 4 November 2022, police officers in the southern coastal city of Karachi fired tear gas in an attempt to prevent a large group of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party supporters marching along Shahrah-e-Faisal highway from reaching the city center. Meanwhile in the Faizabad area of Rawalpindi — a garrison town located adjacent to the capital Islamabad — security personnel fired tear gas toward protesters marching along the Faizabad interchange and diverted vehicles along the Inter-Junction Principal Road (IJP Road) due to severe traffic congestion in the area.
The protests follow a call from the PTI party for nationwide protests after Friday prayers following the attempted assassination of party chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan on 3 November in Wazirabad city in Punjab province. Several of the largest demonstrations are expected to take place near city centers in Bahawalnagar, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Malakand, Peshawar, Quetta and Rajanpur. Associated protests are likely to continue in major cities over the weekend of 5-6 November. Travelers in Pakistan should monitor local news reports and ascertain whether the routes to be used are open and safe due to ongoing demonstrations and related disruptions.
Spain (Security threat level – 2): On the morning of 4 November 2022, the airspace over the cities of Barcelona, Ibiza, Reus and Tarragona was briefly closed as a precautionary measure following the detachment of a Chinese Long March-5B YR rocket module. Spanish officials shut down the airspace to avoid the possibility of falling space debris causing damage to aircraft or harming passengers. The airspace remained closed for approximately 40 minutes while the rocket moved over the country. Inbound and outbound flights nationwide, particularly in the Catalonia region and on the island of Ibiza, were expected to experience delays due to the closure.