Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

American Airlines suspends Nicaragua flights as civil unrest continues

The U.S. State Department is advising Americans to skip travel to Nicaragua amid ongoing violent anti-government protests as American Airlines suspended some flights.

US officials updated the Level 3 advisory telling travelers to 'reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime, civil unrest, and limited healthcare availability.'

It warns of 'looting, vandalism, and acts of arson often occur during unrest, including in tourist areas.'

Nearly 150 people have died in clashes so far.

Demonstrations causing road blocks and other major disruptions could impact fuel getting to Augusto C. Sandino International airport in Managua, the State Department said.

This has sparked American Airlines to suspend some flights with immediate effect until at least June 18.

Customers may change their destinations without charge to any other country in Central America such as Belize City, Guatemala City, Liberia and San Jose in Costa Rica and Panama City.

The protests have been going on for nearly two months and the National Chamber of Tourism of Nicaragua had already said tourists had been canceling their trips en masse.

A nationwide general strike has been announced by anti-government activists for Thursday which could bring the country to a standstill.

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