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Distant Thunder of War

Airline Services to Bali Affected by War in Iraq.

(3/24/2003) Garuda Indonesia

While Garuda has yet to announce any flight curtailments, the airline commencing on Thursday, March 20th, began to reroute their flights to Europe over a more northerly route, avoiding over-flying the Middle East region. The senior management of the airline is also said to be considering the imposition of a special 10% fuel surcharge to cover higher fuel costs and extended flight times occasioned by the war in Iraq.

Garuda's regular schedule of flights to Saudi Arabia continue to operate as scheduled, but are under continual review and may be cancelled if the airline considered them a safety risk.

A spokesman for the airline said flight suspensions by the Airline remain an option as issues of safety risks, operational cost increases imposed by the war, and potential drops in passenger numbers are considered.

Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has formally announced that in anticipation of softening passenger demand they will be reducing flight frequencies from late March.

Some 65 flights to the U.S.A. and Europe have reportedly already been temporarily axed by SIA, with suspensions of some of the airline's Asian routes also expected.

Cathay Pacific

The Hong Kong based air carrier Cathay Pacific (CX) continues to operate its 20 weekly flights to the Gulf while warning these services are under continual review.

CX's European services from Hong Kong are now all routed over China and Russia, avoid air space over the area affected by hostilities in Iraq.