Cancelled flights because of Coronavirus – what to do?

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and closure of borders by many countries to minimise spread has caused many airlines to cancel most or all flights. Hundreds of thousands of passengers are left with paid tickets wondering what they can do. GIVT’s experts reply: Because of the global risk to health caused by Coronavirus, flight disruptions, including…

What to do if you lost your passport abroad?

It’s the worst feeling in the world, searching in your pockets for your passport and it’s not there. The bottom has fallen out of your world as you rifle frantically but to no avail. Whether lost or stolen, not having your passport, national ID, driver’s license or credit cards when abroad can feel like a…

Does your airline provide safe water to drink?

A recent study in the USA by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center in conjunction with DietDetective.com revealed that the quality of drinking water varies wildly by airline and many provide passengers with water that is not safe to drink. The 2011 Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR) requires US airlines to provide passengers and…

Travelling with pets on planes

There’s nothing better than coming home to your best friend in the whole world after a long day at work. Just seeing them wagging their tails or padding softly toward you puts the smile right back on our face. Dogs and cats have been part of our lives for thousands of years, dogs first for…

Air Italy has gone into liquidation!

Milan, February 11th 2020: Air Italy becomes the latest airline to go into liquidation. A shareholder’s meeting decided to ground the ailing airline that has suffered €380 million in liabilities in the last 2 years. The company has stated that passengers with flights up to the 25th of February will be honoured with alternate flights…

What Can Airport Baggage Scanners See?

What Can Airport Baggage Scanners See?

Airport scanners – Big Brother or Big Mother? Security concerns have made air travel a pretty invasive affair, but the security process is actually designed to protect us, the passengers. It is critical to the safety of all who fly that hold luggage, hand luggage and each passenger’s physical person are all checked by scanners…

Storm Ciara (Sabine) – cancelled and delayed flights across Western Europe

Storm Ciara, Sabine in the German speaking countries, has severely affected flights in many countries. Heavy rainfalls and winds of over 160kmph have cancelled and delayed flights with Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands hit hardest. Passengers flying to or from the following airports should contact their airlines immediately: Airport Cancelled Percentage Munich International (MUC) 149 29%…

Numerous airlines cancel flights to China over Coronavirus fears

Airlines from several countries have confirmed that they are suspending flights to China over fears of the coronavirus outbreak. All passengers flight to, from or via China are urged to check their carrier’s websites for update details. Air Astsna – Kazakhstan Air Canada – Canada Air India – India Austrian Airlines – Austria Azerbaijan Airlines…

Strike - Italy

Italy – 24 hour National Aviation Strike January 14th

Strikes to continue in 2020 Members of ENAV, the national air traffic operator, have announced a 24 hour national strike on the 14th of January, extending to 48 hours in Liguria, including Genoa, La Spezia, Savona, Imperia. Strikes by Air Italy and Alitalia have also been announced for the same day at the following airports…