Adelman Travel Newsline
Airports open, travel bans lifted but delays and cancelations continue
While conditions are improving, city travel bans have been lifted and airports have reopened across the East and Middle Atlantic after this weekend's blizzard, travelers are still facing some disruption. Thousands of flights have been canceled for Monday and a number of flight cancelations have already been announced for Tuesday. Airlines have increased staffing, and are planning to use larger planes or will add extra flights to accommodate travelers who were impacted but officials say it will take a few days before a full recovery is achieved as they must also get planes back into position for normal operations to occur.
The greatest number of flight delays and cancellations for Monday are occurring at airports in the Washington D.C. and New York City area but other cities still facing higher than usual operational disruptions include: Boston; Burlington, VT; Columbus, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pa; Indianapolis; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland, Maine; Raleigh/Durham; Richmond, Va; to name a few.
Amtrak will also continue to run a modified schedule in the Mid-Atlantic on Monday due to local conditions. Amtrak said it will announce service plans for Tuesday as soon as possible.
Travelers are urged to continue to check airline and Amtrak sites for updated information. Adelman is continuing to monitor the recovery process in order to best assist our impacted customers.
Travel Alert issued for pregnant women due to Zika virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are advising pregnant women to postpone travel to countries where the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been found. This travel advice is in response to reports linking the Zika virus to some birth defects.
Areas affected by the alert include Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, St. Marin, Suriname and Venezuela.
Aside from the adverse effects on babies born to mothers infected by the virus, reports indicate that four out of five people who acquire Zika show few symptoms such as rash or fevers or even no symptoms at all. However, all visitors to countries where Zika is spreading are advised to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts along with applying insect repellents containing DEET or picaridin which is considered safe for pregnant women. Travelers with other medical risk factors should consult with their physician before travel.
More information on the Zika virus and the CDC's travel advice can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy/travel-health-notices.html.
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