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American Airlines Cancels Flights to Nicaragua For ‘Civil Unrest’ (UPDATED)

UPDATE: 12:10PM  – Laura Masdival at American Airlines Corporate Communications sent us this clarification:

Currently, American Airlines continues to operate two daily flights between Miami and Managua, and six weekly flights between Dallas / Fort Worth and Managua. We have temporarily suspended one of the three flights we operate between Miami and Managua until June 18. Our clients traveling to/from Nicaragua can change their tickets without cost. For the most recent travel information, you can visit: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp.

American Airlines announced on Monday the cancellation of its flights to/through/from: Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) due to the “civil unrest” in the country and that have claimed the lives of at least 139 people in protests against President Daniel Ortega.

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The airline posted a travel alert on its website.

The airline informed passengers that it is expected to resume flights on June 19. “All passengers are being relocated, however, that actually happening will obviously depend on the situation on the ground in Managua,” according to the airline statement.

The airline recommended its customers to change their destinations to any other country in Central America, ie Belize City, Belize (BZE), Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA), Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR), Panama City, Panama (PTY), San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL), San Pedro, Honduras (SAP), San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), or Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU)

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Last May the National Chamber of Tourism of Nicaragua (Canatur) noted that tourists from all over the world had begun canceling their trips to Nicaragua, due to the crisis and clashes of violence.

Today (Tuesday) is day 56 of the bloodiest socio-political crisis since the 1980s, with Ortega also as president.

The protests against Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, began on April 18 due to failed social security reforms and became a demand for resignation, and changes to the constitution to democracy, after the last eleven years in power, many labeling his power as a ‘dictatorship’.

On Monday, Managua dawned virtually besieged by a joint operation of heavily armed police and government paramilitaries who attacked protesters who had installed barricades in the eastern neighborhoods of the city.

The scenes broadcast on social media resembled urban warfare.

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