Halt Falklands Flights, Chile Urges Airlines


Chile suspended all official visits with Britain and Spain on Friday and asked airlines to halt flights from Chile to the British-held Falkland Islands.

Chile announced the moves after former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet appeared in a London court and was remanded on bail.

Chile, which tacitly supported Britain in its 1982 war with Argentina over the southern Atlantic islands, is the main commercial air departure point to the Falklands, although there are infrequent flights from Britain.

The islands have a population of about 2,000 British citizens and a large British military base.

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