ASIA China (Security threat level – 3): On 23 November...
Tanzania (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 0850 local time (0550 UTC) on 6 November 2022, Precision Air flight PW 494 crashed into Lake Victoria while attempting to land at Bukoba Airport (HTBU/BKZ) in northern Tanzania. The ATR 42-500 aircraft carrying 39 passengers and four crew members was arriving at the airport from the city of Dar es Salaam at the time of the crash. The airline stated that 19 people aboard the aircraft were killed and the remaining 24 people were rescued alive. Heavy rainfall and foggy weather conditions were reported in the area at the time; investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash.
India (Security threat level – 3): At approximately 1220 local time (0650 UTC) on 7 November 2022, police officers deployed tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters who had gathered at the municipal corporation office in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the southern state of Kerala. According to local reports, demonstrators affiliated with Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and Youth Congress had gathered at the office to call for the resignation of the city’s mayor in response to allegations of corruption and nepotism in the hiring of contract workers. There were no immediate reports of arrests or injuries.
Russia (Security threat level – 4): On 7 November 2022, authorities extended flight restrictions for 11 airports across southern and central Russia, including the airport in Russian-annexed Crimea, until 15 November. According to a statement from the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport, flights to and from airports in Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol and Elista will remain restricted. Russian authorities maintain reciprocal restrictions for flights originating from Europe, Asia, and the United States that are flying over Russian airspace.
Belgium (Security threat level – 3): Trade unions in Belgium have called for a nationwide general strike on 9 November 2022, to demand higher wages amid rising inflation rates in the country. In anticipation of associated disruptions, officials at Brussels Airport (EBBR/BRU) have already canceled 40% of flights scheduled to operate through the facility on 9 November. Additionally, public transportation services are expected to be severely disrupted across the country. The National Railway Company of Belgium has warned that train services will be greatly reduced for 24 hours beginning at 2200 local time on 8 November. Members of the socialist trade union (ABVV/FGTB), along with members of the Christian (ACV/CSC) and liberal (ACLVB/CGSLB) unions that called for the general strike, plan to stage accompanying demonstrations in Brussels and elsewhere in the country.
United Kingdom (Security threat level – 3): On 4 November 2022, workers at London’s Heathrow Airport (EGLL/LHR) affiliated with the Unite labor union announced plans to observe a strike from 18-21 November to demand wage increases. More than 700 ground handling, cargo and airside transport workers employed by Dubai National Air Travel Agency (DNATA) and Menzies are anticipated to participate in the work stoppage. The airport’s terminals 2, 3 and 4 — which service, domestic, international and private flights — are expected to experience strike-related delays and disruptions that will particularly affect passengers traveling to Qatar for the World Cup soccer tournament that begins on 20 November. Travelers with flights scheduled through Heathrow airport during that time should monitor the status of their flights for any notices of cancellations or delays.
Peru (Security threat level – 3): On 5 November 2022, thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered in the capital Lima to join forces with participants in the “Peru Reacts” march who are calling for the resignation of President Pedro Castillo. Police officers fired tear gas at the crowd in an attempt to prevent demonstrators from reaching the Congress building. There were no reports of injuries or arrests. Associated anti-government demonstrations were also held in the cities of Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco and Trujillo. Castillo, who took office in July 2021, has survived two impeachment attempts and is currently facing six corruption cases.