Impacts of Airline Failures on Travelers

The recent failure of the British holiday company Thomas Cook - which owned several airlines, including Thomas Cook Airlines (MT) - highlights how an airline’s financial distress and shutdown can cause serious disruptions for travelers. The scale and impacts of airline failures on travelers can vary depending on what steps the government in an airline’s home country is willing to take to assist affected travelers, but travelers can improve their chances of avoiding these challenging situations by knowing warning signs of an airline’s potential demise.  


Protests Greet New Prime Minister of Georgia

On Sept. 8, the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) coalition’s nominee Giorgi Gakharia was confirmed as Georgia’s new prime minister following the unexpected resignation of Mamuka Bakhtadze. Gakharia’s appointment was championed by GD’s chairman, Bidzina Ivanishvili, himself a former prime minister (and the country’s wealthiest man). The new leader is a controversial figure in Georgian politics, particularly as he is widely believed to have ordered a major police crackdown on opposition protesters in the capital, Tbilisi, in late June.

Al-Houthi Rebels Claim Responsibility for Attacks in Saudi Arabia

Yemen’s Shi'a Al-Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for allegedly launching at least 10 weaponized drones targeting critical Saudi Aramco infrastructure sites in Eastern Saudi Arabia, Sept. 14. The purported drone attacks struck petroleum and gas processing plants in Abqaiq and Khurais; these facilities process around 8.45 million barrels a day (bpd) between them.

Hong Kong Protests Continue Despite Withdrawal of Extradition Bill

On Sept. 4, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of a highly controversial extradition bill that would have allowed for the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China on a case-by-case basis. The bill sparked months of protests by groups fearing Beijing's increased influence in the territory. Protests have continued, despite the bill's withdrawal.