Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Security concerns prompt airlines to suspend service to Pakistan and Bolivia

airlinerYesterday British Airways announced the cancellation of all flights from London to Islamabad, Pakistan for an indefinite period of time, due to security concerns. The suspension of BA's six weekly flights to Pakistan comes in the wake of the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad several days ago that killed more than 50 people and injured hundreds. Islamabad is the only destination city in Pakistan served by British Airways.

Then, on this side of the Atlantic, American Airlines confirmed today that it has suspended flights to and from Bolivia on security concerns due to the South American country's current political unrest. American Airlines runs the only daily nonstop air service between the U.S. and Bolivia. American says it hopes to resume flights between Bolivia and the U.S. in early October.