British Airways pulls out of Libya

British Airways pulls out of Libya

British Airways has suspended its service between London Heathrow and Libyan capital Tripoli as violent unrest continues to sweep the county.

The decision will take effect immediately, and will apply to the rest of the summer season.

In a statement the airline said: “The situation in Libya remains extremely unpredictable, and as such, we have taken the decision to cancel our daily flight to and from Tripoli up until Saturday, October 29th 2011.”

Passengers booked on the airline’s services can get a full refund or use the cost of the ticket towards another booking.

Japan

British Airways has also been forced to react to the developing situation in Japan, announcing earlier it diverted its Haneda Airport service to Narita, while also adding a mandatory stopover in Seoul.

The decision comes just weeks after British Airways launched the route to great fanfare.

Delta Air Lines also confirmed earlier it had canceled its routes and diverted traffic to Narita International Airport farther outside Japan’s largest city.

Of the three non-Japanese long-haul carriers that initiated Haneda service on February 20th, only American Airlines remains in the wake of slumping demand following the earthquake, tsunami and continuing nuclear fallout.