Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4883 times:
Very little info is available on the AA website about what is going on at LPB. The last few days, they have just been flying into Santa Cruz (VVI), but it shows the flight arriving at LPB Saturday morning. Any AA employees or others with info? Thanks!
TANS From Czech Republic, joined May 2005, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4865 times:
I would be very surprised if they were flying into La Paz. The airport is in El Alto, which is one of the poorest parts of the city and it has been among the worst affected by the recent protests. The British Foreign Office has said that "some international flights have been canceled." At the same time, the Bolivian Parliament is meeting in Sucre and basically the only way to that city is by air, so there must be some flights.
Anyway, I wouldn't recommend traveling to Bolivia in the few coming weeks. Things should get settled afterwards and it's a place definitely worth visiting.
Mason From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 749 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4849 times:
Too late, I'm already there (been here since April). Things are crazy! I've been tear gassed twice already. We're supposed to leave on Saturday, a LAB flight to Cuzco. Cross your fingers. We may end up walking up to the airport! No joke.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 34611 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4785 times:
Until further notice, effective today, AA's Bolivia flight will not stop in La Paz. MIA-VVI-MIA is the routing. This will be on a day-by-day basis, so La Paz service will resume once the situation gets better, hopefully soon.
123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4778 times:
Mason: If you check up www.sabsa.aero you can get updates of all three international airports: LPB/CBB/VVI.
Indeed, AA has been irregular with flights to/from LPB but as per www.sabsa.aero, did not suspend VVI. So what you can also do is take one of the regular 5L or LB flights to VVI, which are still flying direct or via CBB, and catch your AA flight in VVI.
Other options are PZ via CBB to ASU/GRU/MIA, or LB via CBB/VVI to MIA, and also, Taca from LPB via LIM, or RG via LPB/VVI to GRU, as those flights are still supposedly on schedule.
It´s not like in October 2003, when the LPB airport was totally shut down for several days: Now, it´s still open.
The only complicated point would be, how to get to El Alto: But even that, can be managed: Take a cab to the next street blockade, have a friendly look around and for sure one of the locals will run up to help you with your baggage, to make some money while helping you up to the airport.
Just don´t protest, as that will not help you very much with the already tickly arroused rioters. And needless to say: Precaution is wise...