Vendor Relations Regional Reviews for November 2018
VHHH / Hong Kong Intl -The trial program that increased the number of slots for GA/BA operations at VHHH in the reduced night period between 1600Z – 2059Z daily from four slots to six introduced on Aug. 8, 2018 will ended on Oct. 7, 2018. Airport Authorities will evaluate the trial and possibly make changes to the number of slots issued in the future to BA/GA aircraft.
VHHH mandates airport slots for all arrivals/departures. However, slot priority is always given first to scheduled commercial and then to cargo movements, leaving BA/GA operators to compete for remaining available slots. Slot availability continues to be difficult at VHHH, due to increasing scheduled commercial traffic. Members of the NBAA anticipate that the local slot situation might become even more challenging for BA/GA in the near future unless changes are made to the present situation.
WAFF/ Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri - A 7.7 magnitude earthquake that rocked Palu in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, destroyed Mutiara Sis Al Jufri (MSAJ) Airport’s four-story air traffic control tower, unearthed more than 1,500 feet of its 8,200-foot-long runway, and damaged the airport’s navigation systems. Meanwhile, damage to the passenger terminal resulted in the airport’s indefinite closure to commercial flights and it is not known if or when the airport will be open to BA/GA flights. Authorities plan to divert all Palu flights to Kasiguncu Airport / WAFP in the Poso province in Central Sulawesi.
Japan is currently facing an outbreak of rubella, with more than 900 cases reported since September 2018. A total of 1,289 cases of the disease have been reported in Japan this year. The number of rubella outbreaks reported is staggeringly high compared to last year’s count of just 93. Cities in the Kanto region, like Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama, have seen the most cases. The CDC announced that travelers not vaccinated against rubella, especially pregnant women, should avoid travel to Japan during the outbreak. Travelers should confirm with their doctor that they’ve received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine before flying to Japan.
PHNL / Inouye Intl - There is currently a strike of over 75% of Marriott hotel workers occurring across Hawaii which affects the Marriott-managed Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Westin Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and the Sheraton Maui. The Local 5 Union which represents the hotel workers announced Monday Oct 22nd that it will resume bargaining with Kyo-ya (which owns the Marriott chain of hotels) on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, 2018. The hotel employee strike will likely continue for at least another week but no dates have been established for the end of the strike. Hotel guests have been complaining about the strike. Guest experiences at the affected properties and nearby hotels have been impacted.
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
PGSN / Francisco C Ada/Saipan Intl – On Wednesday October 24, 2018 Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall across Tinian and Saipan dealing a catastrophic blow of damaging winds and torrential rainfall to both islands. The direct strike of the typhoon to the island of Saipan caused extensive damage to structures, downed trees and caused power outages as well as closing the PGSN airport.
Airport Authorities have officially closed PGSN for all traffic (except Military relief flights) until November 25 2018.
SBGR, Guarulhos-Gov Andre Franco Montoro Intl - Handlers at SBGR suggest SBKP instead SBGR. SBKP parking area is much wider than SBGR and they have control of parking and towing. SBKP is around 105km
from downtown Sao Paulo. Although the ride is 65km longer, traffic flows much better than from SBGR, and if passengers prefer they can charter a helicopter. Also SBGR apron is privatized and there are charges for parking, towing and permanency on the area, adding to all regular handler fees.
The 2018 hurricane outlook according to the National Weather Service - the Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30, 2018. This includes the Caribbean Sea as well. In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season also runs through November 30, 2018.
MROC / San Jose - Airport will be closed daily from 0500Z – 1030Z through November 1 - 30, 2018 per NOTAM.
Airport prohibits the overnight stay of General Aviation aircraft through November 19, 2018 per NOTAM.
Airport will be closed daily from 0500Z – 1030Z through December 1 - 15, 2018 per NOTAM.
NORTH AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN
Daylight Saving Time occurs on November 4, 2018
Remembrance Day Holiday is observed on November 11, 2018 except in the following Provinces MB, ON, QC and NS. Consult with the CANPASS Offices to confirm their hours of operation on this day
New requirement for business travelers to enter Canada, which does exempt US citizens.
The application link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp
Crew entry requirement now in effect
Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.
Daylight Saving Time occurs November 4 (5 areas) and on November 6 (1 area). Others changed on October 28 and 30.
Celebration of the Revolution Holiday is on November 19, 2018. The main DGAC offices are closed as well as the banks and some businesses.
The 2018 hurricane outlook according to the National Weather Service for the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season runs through November 30. This includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico as well. In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season started on May 15 and lasts until November 30.
Aircraft operators are reminded to always have the proper multiple entry authorization or applying permits along with the mandatory updated aircraft documents on board the plane for the Mexican Authorities are randomly checking such documents at different airports.
The Mexican DGAC has prohibited individuals from carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones on board of any aircraft due to the risk of explosions without any advance notice.
Daylight Saving Time occurs on November 4, 2018
Veterans’ Day Holiday is on November 11, 2018 and consult with the CBP Offices to confirm their hours of operation on this day.
Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated on November 22, 2018 and this holiday will have Government offices, banks and some businesses closed. Consult with the CBP Offices to confirm their hours of operation on this day.
The 2018 hurricane outlook according to the National Weather Service for the Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30. This also includes the Gulf of Mexico area as well. In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season started on May 15 and lasts until November 30.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) now bans all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from airplanes per the following - https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot-bans-all-samsung-galaxy-note7-phones-airplanes
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will take place through November 4, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and airports in the area are KFLL, KFXE and KPBI.
2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will take place on November 2, 3, 2018 in Louisville, KY and airports in the area are KSDF and KLOU.
TCS New York City Marathon will take place on November 4, 2018 in New York, New York and airports in the area are KJFK, KLGA and KTEB.
According to the National Weather Service, the 2018 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean runs through November 30.
Bahamas Civil Aviation bans all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from aircraft travelling in the Bahamas. Devices may not be transported by passengers or crew on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the commonwealth of the Bahamas and cannot be shipped as air cargo.
USRR / Surgut - Daily Runway closures remain in force between the hours of 0500Z-0700Z, until May 19, 2019.
TURKEY, EASTERN EUROPE, AND CENTRAL ASIA
Istanbul Airports – Updated.
Confirmed Transition Program for Istanbul New Airport (LTFM)
Official launch date for Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) is still October 29, 2018.
The conditions for the use of Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) and Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) are specified below during the transition period.
1) Airport Transfer Process (45 hours) From LTBA to LTFM
The revised transfer period from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) to Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) will commence at December 30, 2018 00:01Z and end at December 31, 2018 21:00Z.
During the transfer period (45 hours) Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) and Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) will only be available for base carriers’ flights. During this time both Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) and Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) will be operating with a common reduced capacity per hour as stated below:
- LTBA and LTFM common 35 arrivals per hour,
- LTBA and LTFM common 35 departures per hour,
- LTBA and LTFM arrival/departure total common capacity 70 per hour will be applied.
2) Use of Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) After December 31, 2018 21:00Z
As from 31 December 2018 21:00 UTC, LTBA will be closed to scheduled/unscheduled, domestic and international commercial passenger flights, and will only be available for cargo, maintenance/technical, general aviation, air taxi, business flights, and state aircraft flights permitted by the Airport Authority.
3) Capacity per Hour Values for the Slot Allocation Purposes to be used for Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) as from December 31, 2018 21:00Z.
In order to avoid potential problems with the flow of air traffic and to provide safe and efficient ATC services for Istanbul New Airport (LTFM), capacity per hour for Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) will be regulated to 5 Arrivals and 5 Departures, total 10 per hour for all traffic.
During the 7 days following December31, 2018 21:00Z, when required, additional measures and regulations will be applied.
4) Capacity per Hour Values for the Slot Allocation Purposes to be used for Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) as from October 28, 2018 00:00Z.
For Istanbul New Airport (LTFM), as from December 31, 2018 21:00Z, capacity per hour for the Slot Allocation will be applied as 40 arrival, 40 departure, total 80 traffic.
In order to provide safe and efficient ATC services and to adapt airport layout, new airspace structure, the capacity reductions stated below will be applied until January 14, 2019 21:00Z for LTBA and LTFM airports.
The implementation for the dates between December 30-31, 2018 is stated above at item 1. Between the dates December 31, 2018 21:00Z and January 14, 2019 21:00Z reduced capacity per hour for Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) will be applied as 35 Arrival, 35 Departure total 70 traffic.
During these dates, the reduced capacity values for the slot allocation will be taken into account to avoid passenger inconvenience. During these dates, when required additional measures will be applied with ATFM regulations.
5) Use of IATA Code(s) for Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul New Airport.
Between December 30 and 31, 2018, transition operation from Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) to Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) will be conducted. Within the scope of this operation, December 31, 2018 00:01Z is assigned as the date for the IATA Airport Code Change and commencement of use of new IATA Airport Codes for these Airports.
For the Slot Allocation Planning Purposes; between October 28, 2018 and December 31, 2018 IATA Code “IST” shall be used for Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Level 3 Slot Allocation Procedures will be in force for this Airport.
As from December 31, 2018 00:01 UTC, for the slot allocation purposes; Istanbul Atatürk Airport (LTBA) will be Level-2 and Istanbul New Airport (LTFM) will be Level-3 with all Slot Rights transferred from Istanbul Atatürk Airport. All the studies and coordination will be conducted in accordance with this schedule.
LTFM / Istanbul – Grand
LTBA / Istanbul – Ataturk
The IATA and ICAO codes of the new Airport have now been issued. Istanbul Grand will take the IATA code of the old Airport IST, with a new ICAO code of LTFM. Ataturk Airport will keep it’s old ICAO code of LTBA, but will be given the new IATA code of ISL.
For clarification, from the December 31, 0001Z, the below will be the IATA/ICAO codes for the Istanbul Airports
Istanbul Grand = LTFM / IST
Istanbul Ataturk = LTBA / ISL
Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen = LTFJ / SAW (unchanged)
All three airports in Istanbul (LTBA, LTFJ & LTFM) will remain operational for business aviation flights. However, please be advised that, CIP or General Aviation Terminals are not currently available at LTFM Airport. As a result we recommed to continue to plan GA/BA flights into LTBA or LTFJ for now, until these service do become available at LTFM.
LTFJ – Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen - Various night closures planned until March 30, 2019. Please check NOTAMS for full details prior to planning any trips to this Aerodrome.
The U.S. FAA has partially lifted its airspace ban on Eastern Ukraine – the UKFV/Simferopol and UKDV/Dnipropetrovsk FIRs.
The FAA has added an exception for take-offs and landings. The exception means that U.S. operators are now allowed to operate within the flight prohibition area of the Dnipropetrovsk FIR (UKDV), to the extent necessary to take-off and land at three specified airports, subject to the approval of, and in accordance with the conditions established by the appropriate authorities of Ukraine. The three Airports are, Kharkiv International Airport (UKHH); Dnipropetrovsk International Airport (UKDD), and Zaporizhzhia International Airport (UKDE).
The FAA has determined these operations can be conducted with minimal additional risk due to the sufficient distance provided by the specified prohibition boundary line as a buffer from the area of fighting and associated weapons capabilities.
– Everything east of ABDAR – M853 – NIKAD – N604 – GOBUN is prohibited. Airways M853 and N604 are off-limits as well.
– Operations to Kharkiv International Airport (UKHH), Dnipropetrovsk International Airport (UKDD) and Zaporizhzhia International Airport (UKDE) are now permitted.
– Everything North/North East of SOBLO – DOLOT – SOROK – OTPOL is off-limits.
– Airways M856, M854, M860 and L851 have been approved for flights over the Black Sea.
– Airway M747 is prohibited, as it shares some of the off-limits airspace.
UMMS / Minsk – 2 - Various night closures planned throughout 2018. Please check NOTAMS for full details prior to planning any trips to this Aerodrome.
EUROPE AND MIDDLE EAST
OMAA, OMAD – Abu Dhabi and Al Bateen Executive - From the November 23 - 25 Abu Dhabi will host the F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit. Although no major restrictions are expected, it’s recommended to consult the local handler prior to confirming any operations during this period.
The Indian CAA will be closed on November 23, 2018 for national holidays. Please ensure any permit applications are processed well in advance of these dates.
FAA/EASA advisories and restrictions remain in place for operations into, out of, and over the following countries and their associated FIRs.
SYRIA, AFGHANISTAN, UKRAINE, SOMALIA, ETHIOPIA, SUDAN, EGYPT - SINAI PENINSULA,
Full and up to date information on all of the above can be found on the FAA website, prohibitions restrictions and notices page, the CFMU Network Operations Portal, EASA website, or in the relevant NOTAMS.