TRAVEL ALERTS

Conlin Travel, the university’s dedicated travel agency, provides travel alerts which include news about regions in the world with heightened danger warnings, weather events leading to closed airports, ground transportation limitations in major cities and many other scenarios.  This is a great source of information made available on our website for the convenience of university travelers and travel arrangers.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Tropical Storm Nate (posted 10/06/2017)

Tropical Storm Nate

Tropical Storm Nate is approaching the U.S. Southeast Coast and expected to make landfall over the weekend. Airlines have begun issuing travel exception waivers. 

Traveler Advice: Expect travel disruptions in the Louisiana-Mississippi-Alabama region into next week. Travelers should comply with all directives issued by local authorities and prepare accordingly. To confirm if your flight is eligible for a travel exception waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Please notice that each airline policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Hurricane Irma- Update Coastal Georgia (POSTED 9/8/2017)

Hurricane Irma - Update / Coastal Georgia

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal ordered mandatory evacuations for all areas east of Interstate 95 (I-95), Chatham county including Savannah and "some areas west of I-95" from 10 September ahead of Category 5 Hurricane Irma's impending impact across south Florida. A state of emergency was declared in 30 coastal counties.

Conlin Travel agents are available and diligently working with travelers to reschedule flights. 

Traveler Advice: Travel disruptions anticipated into next week. Travelers should comply with all directives issued by local authorities and prepare accordingly. To confirm if your flight is eligible for a travel exception waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Please notice that each airline policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Hurricane Irma (POSTED 9/7/2017)

Hurricane Irma - Update

Conlin Travel continues to monitor Hurricane Irma as it approaches the east coast of Florida. CNN reports that Miami, home to one of American Airlines' largest hubs, will wind down operations at Miami International Airport, Ft. Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Sarasota and West Palm Beach airports, beginningFriday through the weekend.

Airlines continue to issue travel exception waivers. Conlin Travel agents are available and diligently working with travelers to reschedule flights. 

Traveler Advice: Major travel disruptions anticipated through the weekend. Travelers should comply with all directives issued by local authorities and prepare accordingly. To confirm if your flight is eligible for a travel exception waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Please notice that each airline policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Tropical Storm Irma (POSTED 8/29/2017)

Tropical Storm Irma - Southeast United States 

Due to the forecasted path of Tropical Storm Irma, many airlines have begun issuing travel exception waivers. To confirm if a flight is eligible for a travel exception waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Please notice that each airline policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

Traveler Advice: Anticipate travel disruption from the coastal Carolinas to eastern Virginia this week. 

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Houston Airport Closure (POSTED 8/28/2017)

Houston Area Airport Closures

George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport are closed until further notice due to conditions from Hurricane Harvey.

Please be aware, as Hurricane Harvey continues to make landfall travelers will continue to see major disruptions in travel and should plan accordingly. To confirm if your flight is eligible for a travel exception waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Note, each airline policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Hurricane Harvey (POSTED 8/25/2017)

Hurricane Harvey - Texas 

Conlin Travel continues to monitor Hurricane Harvey as it approaches landfall on the Texas coast. Agents are are available and diligently working with travelers to reschedule flights. 

Traveler Advice: Major travel disruptions anticipated on the Texas coast throughnext Wednesday. Travelers should comply with all directives issued by local authorities and prepare accordingly. To confirm if your flight is eligible for a travel exception waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Please notice that each airline policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (RED): Security Situation in Barcelona (Posted 8/17/2017)

Security Situation in Barcelona

In the wake of a  vehicle-ramming attack on La Rambla in Barcelona, Police indicated that all public transport services were suspended in the vicinity of Plaça Catalunya. Our reports indicate that the situation in Barcelona remains fluid.

We are currently in the process of contacting any potentially affected travelers. 

Traveler Advice: Anticipate heightened security and related disruptions in the vicinity of the scene; follow all directives by emergency officials.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): The Department of Homeland Security to Enforce Additional Screeing (POSTED 7/18/2017)

The Department of Homeland Security to Enforce Additional Screening

Effective, July 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be raising the level of security for all international flights bound for the United States. 

Additional screening measures pertain to any departure point where a passport is required to reenter the U.S.

We've received information from multiple major airlines and airports advising travelers to plan their arrival at the airport with extra time to account for additional screenings. At certain airports, some small electronic devices may be subject to security checks as well.

The DHS website claims that there will be no impact on domestic flights in the United States or flights departing the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating in the United States.

For more information, visit the Aviation Security Enhancements Fact Sheet on www.dhs.gov.

Traveler Advice: For international travelers heading to the U.S., plan to arrive at the airport at least three (3) hours prior to departure to allow time to clear security.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Travel Ban in Effect (POSTED 6/30/2017)

 

Travel Ban Effective 


A travel ban on citizens from six Muslim-majority nations is expected to go into effect at 8 PM ET tonight 26 June 2017 (Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria Iran and Yemen).  Foreign nationals unable to sufficiently prove a formal relationship to persons or entities within the US will be banned from entering the United States for 90 days. Our sources state that the following travelers will be excluded from the travel ban:

  • US citizens
  • Legal permanent residents (aka green card holders)
  • Current visa holders
  • Any visa applicant who was in the US as of June 26
  • Dual nationals
  • Anyone granted asylum
  • Any refugee already admitted to the US
  • Foreign nationals with "bona fide" family, educational or business tie to the US

Travelers: The Department of Homeland Security said that it will impose a enhanced security screenings for inbound international flights to the United States. Please expect possible longer security delays. 

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (RED): Flint (FNY) Airport Evacuation Due to Stabbing (6/21/2017)


Flint (FNT) Airport Evacuation Due to Stabbing

 
Bishop Airport confirmed the stabbing of an on-duty police officer on airport grounds. The airport was evacuated at approximately 9:40 AM. It has been confirmed that the person involved has been detained and airport operations have begun to resume. 
 
Airport delays and cancellations may occur. 
 
Travelers travelling through FNT airport should reconfirm their flight times. 
 
Conlin Travel will continue to monitor the situation and assist any travelers requiring changes.
 

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): Cuba Travel Changes (6/19/2017)

Please see this important new briefing from the American Society of Travel Agents regarding travel changes to Cuba.

President Trump Announces Changes to Cuba Travel, Trade Policy

President Donald Trump announced a rollback of parts of former President Barack Obama's 2014 accord with Cuba by imposing new restrictions on trade and travel to the island. Here are the main provisions affecting the travel industry:

  • Prohibition on Individual People-to-People Travel: Americans traveling under the educational "people-to-people" license will have to do so as part of a licensed tour group, as was the case before last year. In March 2016, the Obama Administration removed the requirement that "people-to-people" educational travel be conducted under the auspices of an organization that sponsors such exchanges (i.e. packaged tours), meaning Americans could undertake that travel on their own. 
     
  • No Transactions with Companies Controlled by Cuban Military: The President's directive institutes a broad prohibition on financial transactions with companies significantly controlled by the Communist government's military, its subsidiaries or affiliated companies, and certain other state-controlled entities. According to a POLITICO article, "the business arm of the Cuban military that controls a vast swath of the country's economy, including most of Cuba's foreign-run hotels...as much as 80 percent of the tourism economy is controlled by the military-run holding company."
     
  • Stepped-Up Audits of Cuba Trips: The President has further directed the Treasury Secretary to regularly audit Cuba travel to make sure Americans are following the new rules prohibiting transactions linked to the Cuban military. Those who do go to the island will need to keep detailed notes proving they are in compliance with the new directive, or risk fines.

At the same time, many parts of the Obama Administration's Cuba opening will be left as-is, including the U.S. and Cuban embassies in Washington and Havana, relaxed limits on Cuban-American travel and remittances to Cuba and the amount of rum, cigars, etc. Americans can bring back to the U.S.

These changes are not yet in effect – the directive instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to begin the process of issuing new regulations within 30 days, with final regulations issued "in the coming months." Until then, the current rules apply. In terms of how this applies to trips paid for but not taken yet, an OFAC FAQ document says "Provided that the traveler has already completed at least one travel-related transaction (such as purchasing a flight or reserving accommodation) prior to the President's announcement...all additional travel-related transactions for that trip...would also be authorized."

Much will depend on what the final rules look like – and ASTA intends to fully participate in the rulemaking process with an eye toward keeping Cuba a viable destination for U.S. travelers to the extent possible. We will keep you updated every step of the way.

Additional information on this issue can be found in the following links:

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): Marriott 48 Hour Cancellation Policy (6/19/2017)

Marriott Now Requires 48 Hour Cancellation

Effective June 15, 2017 Marriott International has changed its cancellation policy requiring guests to cancel 48 hours in advance instead of 24 hours, to avoid any potential fees. Some Marriott locations may continue to implement their 72 hour cancellation policy.


This policy applies to all Marriott brands in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, excluding Design Hotels and Marriott Vacation Worldwide Hotels.

At this time, clients with 2017 corporate agreements with unique cancellation policies will not be effected.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): Two Hour office Closure Thursday, June 1 (5/31/2017)

Two Hour Office Closure Thursday, June 1

Conlin Travel offices will be closed Thursday, June 1 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM EST. During this time, our after-hours support will take your calls. Conlin Travel will reopen at 6:30 PM. 

If you have any trouble reaching our after-hours support during our short closure window, please try calling 800-823-1189, or leave us a message and we will contact you back as soon as possible. Calls sent to our after-hours during this window will not be charged the premium surcharge.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (RED): United Kingdom - Security Situation (POSTED: 5/25/2017)

United Kingdom - Security Situation

This week the UK Government announced that the country’s terror threat level was raised from 'severe' to 'critical' - the highest level in the alert system indicating that an attack is possibly imminent - in the wake of the 22 May suicide bombing attack at Manchester Arena. 


Military will be deployed to bolster security in highly populated events/areas including sporting events, concerts and travel hubs.

Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate travelers in an emergency. The US Department of State uses these messages to covey information about terrorist threats, security incidents and other critical travel situations. 

Some available resources include:

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): Resources on Overbooking (4/13/2017)

Please see this helpful information provided to us from the American Society of Travel Agents:

Resources on Overbooking

With the subject of airline "overbooking" very much in the news, we wanted to highlight some ASTA resources to help you respond to inquiries on the subject.

As a reminder, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) overbooking is not illegal, and most airlines overbook their scheduled flights to a certain extent in order to compensate for no-shows. Passengers are sometimes left behind or "bumped" as a result. When an oversale occurs, DOT requires airlines to ask people who aren't in a hurry to give up their seats voluntarily, in exchange for compensation. Those passengers bumped against their will are, with a few exceptions, entitled to compensation.

Below are two resources to help you deal with these issues:
•    Fly Rights – A Consumer Guide to Air Travel (U.S. Department of Transportation)
•    Airline Bumping – What You Need to Know (TravelSense.org)

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW):Homeland Seurity Bans Large Electronics on Some Flight (POSTED 3/21/2017)

Homeland Security Bans Large Electronics on Some Flights

 

The Department of Homeland Security is enforcing new restrictions for passengers on flights to the U.S. from some countries in the Middle East and Africa. Passengers will no longer be able to bring electronic devices larger than a smartphone on board.

 

At this time, ten airports in eight countries — Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — are affected. The airports are:

  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Egypt
  • Ataturk International Airport (IST) in Turkey
  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI) in Kuwait
  • Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Morocco
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Qatar
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in the United Arab Emirates

No U.S. airline will be affected as none flies nonstop from the affected cities to the United States.

 

Traveler Advice: Travelers to the United States from the airports listed above will be required to put all personal electronic devices larger than a cellphone or smartphone in their checked baggage. 

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW):FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS ACROSS NORTHEAST (Posted 3/14/2017)


Winter Storm Triggers Flight Cancellations Across the Northeast

Thousands of flights have been cancelled for Tuesday, 3/14 due to heavy snowfall and high winds.

Southwest Airlines confirmed that all flights at Philadelphia Airport (PHL) will be cancelled for the duration of Tuesday, 3/14. 

American Airlines announced they will not be operating at JFK International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and will delay operations at Philadelphia Airport (PHL) until after 5 PM tomorrow, 3/14.

Carriers are issuing travel exception waivers. Please notice that each policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates. 

Travelers: To confirm if your flight is eligible for a waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Disruptions to flight schedules through Philadelphia Airport, Boston Airport, Newark Airport, John F. Kennedy Airport, Washington Dulles, and Chicago O'Hare are certain on Tuesday, 3/14. Confirm updated itineraries prior to departure for the airport.

CoNLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): Delta updates baggage policy between U.S. or Canada and Mexico (3/1/17)

(February 28, 2017) Effective today, Delta Air Lines will update two baggage policies for travel between the U.S. or Canada and Mexico. 

Mexico City (MEX), Monterrey (MTY), Guadalajara (GDL) and Leon (BJX), Mexico

Delta will begin charging a first bag fee for travel between the U.S. or Canada and Mexico City (MEX), Monterrey (MTY), Guadalajara (GDL) and Leon (BJX), Mexico.

Key Change Summary
Passengers who purchase tickets on or after February 28, 2017, for travel between the U.S. or Canada and MEX, MTY, GDL and BJX will be charged a fee of $25 USD/CAD for the first checked bag. Previously, Delta did not charge for a first checked bag in these markets.

Please note: Delta SkyMiles Medallion members (Silver and above) will continue to receive two complimentary checked bags between the U.S. or Canada and all Mexico markets.

All Cities in Mexico
Delta will modify the third checked bag fee for travel between the U.S. or Canada and all cities in Mexico.

Key Change Summary
Passengers who purchase tickets on or after February 28, 2017, for travel between the U.S. or Canada and Mexico will be charged a fee of $150 USD/CAD for the third checked bag. This is an increase of $25. Medallion baggage allowances are not impacted by this change.


For more information, click here.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): TSA precheck at capital regional international airport (2/17/17)

PreCheck Enrollment at Lansing Airport

Message from Capital Region International Airport:

Capital Region International Airport is pleased to announce that pre-enrollment has begun for another Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck enrollment event taking place March 13-17.

The PreCheck program allows participating fliers to experience a more efficient airport screening process by using dedicated security lanes that do not require removal of shoes, light jackets and belts. They can also leave laptops and compliant liquids in carry-on bags.

Pre-enrollment is highly encouraged to ensure your spot at the event. To learn more, and to pre-enroll today, click here.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (RED): Shooting Reported at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport (POSTED: 1/06/2017)

Shooting Reported at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood Airport

Conlin reports indicated at least one person was killed and eight others injured after a gunman opened fire at the Baggage Claim area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL/KFLL) in Florida state around1:00 PM. Police officials confirmed one suspect was in custody.

We are in the process of making contact with any potentially affected travelers. 

ADVICE: For travelers expected to fly in or out of Hollywood Airport later today, allow all directives issued by local authorities. Consult airline representatives for itinerary updates prior to departure for the airport.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW):Southeastern Winter Weather (POSTED 1/5/2017)

Southeastern US Winter Weather

Due to the forecasted winter weather in the Southeastern US Region, some carriers are offering travel exception waivers for voluntary itinerary changes. Travel waiver policies may differ in coverage and travel dates based on carrier.

Traveler Advice: Please contact Conlin Travel to determine if your itinerary is eligible for a travel waiver.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW):Winter Storm Caly (Posted 12/9/2016)

Multiple carriers have begun issuing travel exception waivers in anticipation for potential trip disruption due to Winter Storm Caly. Storm Caly is expected to track east across the Midwest and Northeast over the next few days.

To confirm if your flight is eligible for a waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. Please notice that each policy may differ in geographic coverage and travel dates.

Traveler Advice: Always confirm itineraries prior to leaving for the airport, and anticipate the potential for longer wait times upon arrival. 

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW):Potential Strike Expected at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) (Posted 11/29/16)

At least 1000 airport workers at EWR are expected to protest wages on November, 29th 2016. Local officials do not expect this to disrupt service at the airport. However, it is recommended that you check airline schedules and be prepared for possible delays.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW):anticipated lufthansa pilot strike (POSTED 11/22/16)

Lufthansa Pilots Scheduled to Strike

Lufthansa pilots, represented by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union, are expected to launch a 24-hour strike, affecting short- and long-haul flights, starting at 11 PM ET on 11/22 as part of a long-running pay dispute. 

TRAVELER ADVICE: Major disruptions to Lufthansa flight schedules are likely if the strike goes ahead on 11/23. Contact Conlin Travel for assistance re-accommodating your flight.

 

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (GREEN): Airport Construction at Gerald Ford International  (11/4/2016)

Airport Construction at Gerald Ford International

As the holiday season approaches, travelers should expect to experience more traffic flow through airports. Please notice that in addition to busier airports, Gerald Ford International Airport (GRR) is undergoing a large-scale construction project and remodel of Concourse A (Delta's Primary Gate Area).

For more information and a map of the construction area, click here. 

Traveler Advice: GRR recommends arriving at the airport two hours prior to your scheduled departure time and at the ticket counter no less than 90 minutes prior to departure. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow):Threatened strike to disrupt air and land travel in italy 10/21 (Posted 10/20/16)


Unionised public transportation workers and airline workers are threatening to launch a nationwide general strike affecting all trains, buses and metro services 10/21. 

Traveler Advice: No flights have been cancelled at this time, however should the strike take place, anticipate major travel disruptions across the country onFriday, 10/21. Contact Conlin Travel for rebooking options; residual travel disruptions are likely on Saturday 10/22.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): HURRICANE MATTHEW TRAVEL UPDATES (posted: 10/06/2016)

 
 

 

Upwards of 2,700 flights scheduled for October 6 and 7 were cancelled at Florida's Miami (MIA/KMIA), Fort Lauderdale (FLL/KFLL) and Palm Beach (PBI/KPBI) airports this morning, as Category 4 Hurricane Matthew moves north-westward towards West Palm Beach.

Authorities have since ordered mandatory evacuations for Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Indian River, Martin and Palm Beach counties in Florida where Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall overnight October 6-7

Conlin Travel agents are working with travelers to reschedule flights with available airline travel waivers.

ADVICE: Major disruptions to travel are likely over the next 48-hours; travelers should comply with all directives issued by local authorities and prepare accordingly.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow):Typhoon Meranti Makes Landfall in Xiamen, fujian Province (posted 9/15/16)


Authorities maintain an alert in coastal areas as Typhoon Meranti made landfall near Xiamen, Fujian province, during early morning hours local time, bringing maximum sustained winds of 230 kph (145 mph) and gusts of up to 280 kph (175 mph). Emergency response measures remained in place for Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui and Guangdong provinces and in the Shanghai municipality.

ADVICE: Expect typhoon-triggered disruptions to travel and essential services over the next 24-48 hours; follow all emergency directives. Please contact Conlin Travel should you need assistance with travel accommodations.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow):Strike Forces Airlines to Cut Pairs Flights for  September 15 (posted 9/14/16)

Strike Forces Airlines to Cut Pairs Flights for  September 15

France's Directorate General for Civil Aviation has ordered airlines to cut their flights to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG/LFPG), Orly (ORY/LFPO) and Beauvais (BVA/LFOB) airports by 15% on Thursday (9/15), as air traffic controllers will be taking part in a nationwide CGT strike beginning later today (9/14) through Friday (9/16). 

Some carriers have begun issuing travel exception waivers. Please notice that each policy may differ slightly in coverage. To confirm a flight is eligible for a waiver, please contact Conlin Travel.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Green): Changes to booking china domestic flights (9/1/2016)

Effective immediately, the Chinese government has restricted intra-China domestic flights from being booked through the normal distribution process. This means that tickets originating and ending within China cannot be booked in the Concur Travel online booking tool.

Conlin Travel international travel consultants can accommodate intra-China domestic travel requests by phone or email. Given the restrictions, we will not be provided any airline issued announcements about the flights booked. We will be sure to add your email address to the reservation for the airline to utilize for communication.

For more information, please contact our International Travel Department or your Conlin Travel Account Manager.

CONLIN TRAVEL NEWS FLASH (YELLOW): Planes Land Safely Following Bomb Threats (POSTED 8/10/16)


Planes Land Safely Following Bomb Threats
Earlier reports indicated bomb threats on two aircraft heading to Brussels Airport (BRU)today. Both aircraft have since landed safely and passengers have disembarked. According to sources the aircraft involved were:

  • SAS flight SK4745 from Oslo
  • SAS flight SK2591 from Stockholm

Conlin Travel had no travelers aboard both aircraft. Due to the recent events around Brussels (BRU) please expect increased security measures and possible delays.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): Bomb Threats Reported on Two Aircraft Scheduled to Land at Brussels Airport (posted: 8/10/2016)

 Bomb Threats Reported on Two Aircraft Scheduled to Land at Brussels Airport  

 Early reports indicate alerts of bomb threats on two aircraft scheduled to land at Brussels Airport (BRU) during evening hours local time, today. Authorities have indicated the threats are credible and emergency plans have been activated.

 Major disruptions to operations at Brussels Airport are likely.

 Conlin Travel is monitoring the event and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): Delta Ground Stop Lifted (Posted 8/8/2016)

Delta Ground Stop Lifted

Delta ground stop has been lifted and limited departures are resuming following a power outage in Atlanta that impacted Delta computer systems and operations worldwide.

Customers heading to the airport should anticipate delays and cancellations.

If you require assistance due to a delay or cancellation please contact Conlin Travel for further assistance.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red Delta Airlines Grounds Flights due to World-Wide Computer Outage (Posted 8/8/16)

Delta Airlines Grounds Flights due to World-Wide Computer Outage


Delta Airlines is experiencing a world-wide computer issue that has caused it to ground all outbound air.  Many flights are expected to be cancelled today, Monday, August 8, 2016.  

Travelers should confirm flight information prior to leaving for the airport and expect greater wait times.  Conlin Travel is assisting travelers with alternate options as available. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow): Emirates Flight Emergency Landing (Posted 8/2/2016)

Emirates Flight Emergency Landing

 

This morning (8/3), at approximately 5:30 EST, an Emirates flight caught fire after making an emergency landing at DXB (Dubai) due to a mechanical issue.

 

All passengers and crew on board were safely evacuated from the aircraft.

 

Conlin Travel did not have any travelers abord the aircraft.

 

At this time DXB (Dubai) has reopened and flights are operating normally.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): shooting triggers lockdown: munich, germany (posted 7/22/2016)

Public transportation across Munich was recently halted after at least one gunman opened fire, killing as many as 15 people, at or near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum mall (Hanauerstraße 68). The gunman reportedly fled the scene via public transportation.

Authorities have ordered people in the city to shelter in place, indoors and avoid all public areas. 

Conlin Travel is in the process of contacting all potentially affected corporate accounts at this time. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): All Turkish Airports Suspend Operations  (Posted 7/15/16)

All Turkish Airports Suspend Operations

Our sources indicate that all flights through Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST/LTBA) and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW/LTFJ) have been cancelled until further notice, as a military staged coup against the government continues to further unfold in the country. 

Conlin Travel is contacting potentially affect travelers at this time.

 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): Fatal Attack in Nice, France (Posted 7/15/16)
 

Fatal Accident in Nice, France

A truck driver rammed into a crowd of people gathered to watch fireworks during a Bastille Day celebration at the Promenade des Anglais in Nice at approximately11:00 PM local time. Security forces have deployed to the scene and the area has been cordoned off. Reports indicate that the incident has resulted in 60 fatalities and at least 100 injured. 

Conlin Travel reporting indicates that we do not have any travelers scheduled in the Nice, France area at this time. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow): Severe Thunderstorms - New York (Posted 7/14/16)

Severe Thunderstorm - New York 

Severe weather is impacting travel in New York. Some major airline carriers are now issuing waivers for ticket change fees for affected flights. Please notice that each waiver may be different in geographic coverage and travel dates.

Conlin advises travelers to confirm their itineraries prior to departure. To confirm if a flight is eligible for a waiver, please contact us.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): Typhoon Nepartak Expect to Make Landfall: Taiwan (Posted 7/7/16)

Typhoon Nepartak expect to make landfall: Taiwan

Typhoon Nepartak is due to make landfall in Taiwan in the next several hours. Due to the likelihood of the typhoon increasing in size and causing major disruptions, Conlin Travel has reviewed the locations for our clients and at this time your company does not have any travelers in the area. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise of any changes.

 

Read Weather Channels coverage of Typhoon Nepartak, here.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): Explosions at Istanbul Ataturk Airport (Posted 6/29/16)

Explosions at Istanbul Atatürk Airport

A few hours ago, explosions and gunfire were reported at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport. 
At least 10 people were killed and approximately 40 others injured when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives after one opened fire with a kalashnikov rifle at the entry to the international terminal at Istanbul Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA); sources further indicated that police opened fire on the two suicide bombers prior to their attack but failed to halt their detonations.
Travel Advice: Defer all travel to and near the airport at this time.
Conlin Travel  does not have any travelers at Atatürk Airport or scheduled to be at this location. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow): Air France pilot strike officially announced (Posted 6/10/16)

Today, Air France released an official statement confirming the call for strike action for the dates of June 11-14. The airline has specified that Air France flights operated by an aircraft of other airlines, including HOP, KLM and Delta, will not be affected by this strike.

Air France states:

For June 11, we plan to operate more than 90% of our long haul flights, 90% of our domestic flights, and around 75% of our medium-haul flight to and from Paris - CDG. Last minute disturbances are not excluded.

Update of our flight schedule for June 11 is on-going. For the next days, fromJune 12 to 14, according to the estimate of the number of employees on strike, our flight schedule will be adapted accordingly and published the day before your departure.

ADVICE: The airline is offering flexibility for flight changes due to the strike. Please notice that policies may vary due to local operational circumstances and limitations. Travelers: To confirm if your flight is eligible for a waiver, please contact Conlin Travel.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow): Tropical Storm Colin - Airline Travel Exceptions (Posted 6/6/16)

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Indian Pass to Englewood in Florida and for Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to South Santee River in South Carolina as Tropical Storm Colin approaches. The storm is forecasted to approach Florida's Big Bend coastal area over the next 12 hours, before moving across portions of Florida and southeastern Georgia by tomorrow, June 7.

Some airlines have begun issuing travel exceptions for customers who wish to make voluntary itinerary changes due the Tropical Storm. Please notice that policies may vary between carriers due to local operational circumstances and limitations. 

ADVICE: Contact Conlin Travel to to determine if your flight is eligible for voluntary itinerary changes. Please anticipate potential travel disruptions in Southern US coastal regions. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Green): U.S. Second Passports Now Valid For 4 Years (Posted 6/1/16) 

Effective immediately, the U.S. Passport Office is now issuing second passports with 4 year validity instead of 2 years. Holding a second passport is especially beneficial if you travel abroad frequently since it allows you to keep one passport with you as you travel, while the second is at a consulate waiting for your visa request to be processed. To obtain a second passport you must meet certain requirements. 

Visit the CIBT website to learn more.

Source: CIBT Weekly Update eNewsletter May 26, 2016 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Red): Egypt Air Plane Confirmed to have Crashed (Posted 5/19/16)

Little is known about the cause of the Egypt Air 804 passenger jet crash that occurred early this morning from Paris to Cairo but the investigation is continuing.  We confirm that no travelers with reservations through Conlin Travel were aboard Egypt Air 804.

Conlin advises travelers to confirm their itineraries prior to departure and to contact us should your plans require changes. 

For more information about Egypt Air 804, click here.
 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow): US Airport Security Delays (Posted 5/17/16)

 

Tighter security measures in place at major US airports are causing massive delays and missed flights for many passengers. Some airports experiencing the highest delay times include Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and New York.

According to the Chicago Tribune, O'Hare officials are recommending travelers arrive to the airport at least 3 hours prior to their flight departure time.

Travelers: Please confirm flight status prior to arriving at the airport and allow extra time for security delays. Contact Conlin Travel should fight plans require changes.

Conlin Travel News Flash (Yellow): Lufthansa Strike Affecting Flights on April 27 (Posted 5/5/16)

Due to planned strike action by Lufthansa airport staff represented by the Verdi union, at least 895 flights have been cancelled throughout Germany fortomorrow, April 27. Further cancellations and delays are expected.

At this time airline travel waivers are being issued. 

Travelers: Anticipate mass flight cancellations and additional delays to flights throughout Wednesday, April 27. To confirm if your flight is elgible for an airline travel waiver, please contact Conlin Travel. 

Conlin Travel News Flash (Green): New Baggage Tracking Process for Delta

Please see the following message from Delta:

Delta is deploying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) baggage tracking technology, a first for U.S. carriers, providing customers with improved real-time tracking of luggage throughout the travel experience.

This move marks a historic shift for Delta and the 120 million bags it handles annually. RFID will replace barcode hand scanning – the industry standard since the early 90s. With this new technology, scanners use radio waves to capture highly accurate and consistent data stored on an RFID chip embedded in the luggage tag, driving superior tracking and increased transparency.

With RFID, customers will see their bags on and off the aircraft during their journey via push notifications to the Fly Delta mobile app beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Initial deployments of RFID integrated throughout the baggage process show that bags are tracked
at a 99.9 percent success rate, ensuring proper routing and loading. RFID will soon track bags on all Delta mainline and Delta Connection flights.

Better baggage handling processes and enhanced technology have already shrunk the airline’s mishandled bag rates by 68 percent over the past 10 years, establishing Delta as the leading
U.S.-based global airline for baggage performance. In 2015 Delta led U.S. global airlines in DOT
bag performance while setting six monthly DOT records and a full year record.
 
For more information and to read the full news release, click here.