Hongkong Move

March 26, 2007 (AFP) – Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airlines on Monday announced the immediate suspension of flights to Sri Lanka following a rebel air raid on a base next to the island’s only international airport. “Safety is a top priority at Cathay Pacific and a careful assessment of the situation will be made before services are resumed,” the airline said in a statement received here. Cathay normally operates daily flights to Colombo from Hong Kong. The airline said 119 passengers who were stranded in Sri Lanka when their flight was cancelled on Monday were to be flown home Tuesday in a special aircraft.