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RE: BA Back In Good Old Caracas

Fri Feb 21, 2003 7:44 pm

(oop's sorry...double posting!!)  SmileBA to resume flights to Caracas

British Airways will resume flights to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas tomorrow (Friday) and has appointed a new security firm there to carry out its hold baggage screening.

Last week on Thursday (February 13) a male passenger on BA's Caracas flight was arrested by the police for allegedly carrying a hand grenade in his hold baggage.

The airline launched its own investigation immediately and sent one of its senior security advisers to Caracas to find out why it had not been detected during hold baggage screening.

Security procedures

It also cancelled all its flights to and from Caracas airport until it could reassure itself about the security procedures there.

The Venezuelan Government's National Guard carries out hold baggage screening on behalf of many airlines operating from Caracas airport and BA as has been conducting an immediate review with them.

A BA spokesman said: "Under the definitions used by the UK authorities, Venezuela was and remains categorised as 'low threat'. Caracas airport was audited recently as part of our regular world-wide programme and received a satisfactory rating but as part of our investigation we decided to conduct another immediate review.

"As a result we have decided to introduce alternative baggage screening procedures with immediate effect. We have terminated our arrangement with the National Guard and have appointed a private security company to carry out our hold baggage screening.

"Consequently we have decided to resume services into and out of Caracas with effect from tomorrow."

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RE: BA Back In Good Old Caracas

Fri Feb 21, 2003 8:30 pm

Great news. I would hate to see BA pulling out of Caracas as that's a route I fly quite often. If Caracas were to be dropped permaently, would there be sufficient traffic to Bogota to merit a direct flight? (Bearing in mind that the flight currently operates LON-CCS-BOG) I wouldn't like to see the day when BA's south american destinations were reduced to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

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RE: BA Back In Good Old Caracas

Fri Feb 21, 2003 10:13 pm

During the temporary suspension of Caracas, BA routed flights to Bogota via Bridgetown, Barbados.
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RE: BA Back In Good Old Caracas

Sat Feb 22, 2003 4:20 am

But that incident has apparently hit BA loads across the fleet.

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