Weekly Travel Update – September 4, 2014

September 4, 2014 |

Airline News

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Aeromexico
Aeromexico announced it will end service at Phoenix International Airport, AZ.

Air Canada
Starting October 25, 2014, Air Canada will drop its nonstop flights from Ottawa, CA to Frankfurt, Germany.

Air Tran
In November Air Tran will terminate flights in Ohio from Akron to Canton.

Alitalia
Alitalia has started their operations back to Venezuela.

Aer Lingus
Beginning October 23, 2014 Aer Lingus will launch new flights from Leeds and Bradford in England and Dublin, Ireland.

Cebu Pacific
Cebu Pacific has announced new flights to five international destinations.

Condor Airlines
Starting next June, Condor Airlines will fly from Portland, OR to Frankfurt, Germany.

Starting next June, Condor Airlines will fly from Providence, RI to Frankfurt, Germany.

Delta Airlines
Beginning Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Delta will offer direct flights from Lincoln, NE to Atlanta, GA.

Jet Airways
Jet Airways announces daily service between Delhi, India and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Korean Air
Korean Air will resume flights between Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea and Tel Aviv, Israel on September 13.

Lufthansa
Service will begin October 26, 2014 from Frankfurt, Germany to Mumbai and Delhi in India.

Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines will return to New York in March 2015.

Qantas
Beginning October 15, Qantas will offer direct service to Taiwan with their new codeshare agreement with China Airlines.

Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways announced it will increase its flights on its Doha, Qatar to Dubai, UAE routes.

Qatar will be offering nonstop flights to from Doha, Qatar to Cape Town, South Africa.

Singapore Airlines
On September 1, Singapore Airlines shifted terminals at Ninoy Aquino Airport.

Southwest Airlines
Southwest announces additional flights out of Portland, ME.

Southwest announces increased daily flights to San Antonio,TX from New Orleans, LA.

United Airlines
During the Christmas season, United will be increasing the number of nonstop flights to Houston, TX and New York, NY.

Virgin America
As of October 13, Virgin America will serve the Dallas market via Dallas Love Field, TX.

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State Department Travel Warnings and public announcements – for full announcements or further details on travel warnings and public announcements, please see http://travel.state.gov.

Lesotho – On September 3, the Department of State warned U.S. citizens to defer travel to Lesotho at this time due to concerns over a possible deterioration of the security situation there. The Department of State has ordered the departure of non-working eligible family members of the U.S. Embassy in Maseru, Lesotho. The U.S. Peace Corps is also taking steps to ensure safety of its staff and volunteers. Following a violent confrontation between police and the army on Saturday August 30, leaders of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service have publicly stated that the LMPS is not capable of performing its duties. The LMPS are not in uniform for fear of further attacks from the Lesotho Defense Force and are not conducting normal police security functions. The U.S. Embassy in Maseru is open for emergency services to U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens should be aware that depending on the security situation, the U.S. Embassy may be forced to suspend operations without advance notice. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture IDs, etc.) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location. Additionally, all U.S. citizens in the area are reminded to stay in contact with friends and family in the United States to keep them apprised of their current whereabouts. All U.S. citizens traveling to or remaining in Lesotho despite this Travel Warning are urged to register with the Department of State through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so you can receive the most up-to-date security information. Please keep all of your information STEP current. It is important when enrolling or updating information to include multiple phone numbers and email addresses to facilitate communication in the event of an emergency. U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s country-specific information for Lesotho on the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, which contains current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Follow us on Twitter as well as the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook. Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/lesotho-travel-warning.html

Ukraine – On August 29, the Department of State warned U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to eastern Ukraine due to ongoing violent clashes between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. U.S. citizens living or traveling in Ukraine are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest travel updates and to obtain updated information on security within Ukraine. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/ukraine-travel-warning.html