Non-stop flights to Mazat­lan van­ish­ing

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ated for spe­cific con­nec­tions at all. So long as there is suf­fi­cient fre­quency you will likely have other op­por­tu­nity op­tions to take later de­par­tures, on at least one of the routes.

Most peo­ple want to rush con­nec­tions even more than the al­low­able lim­its, be­liev­ing that some­how they can eas­ily move from one gate to an­other quickly. Those who travel with carry-on bags only can be par­tic­u­larly in­sis­tent on cut­ting cor­ners around the dead­lines re­quired.

QUES­TION: My daugh­ter is work­ing over­seas and is think­ing about trav­el­ing to Beirut. Ap­par­ently it is quite an amaz­ing city but as a mom my con­cern is safety.

Can you tell me what you think of a four day trip to Beirut in Oc­to­ber?

AN­SWER: While this cap­i­tal of Le­banon may be a won­der­ful place dur­ing peace­ful times, re­cent protests would sug­gest we are not in those times now.

I take much of my lead on these is­sues from our Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment’s web­site www.voy­age.gc.ca

Here’s what they were say­ing at the time of this writ­ing:

OF­FI­CIAL WARN­ING: For­eign Af­fairs and In­ter­na­tional Trade Canada ad­vises against non-es­sen­tial travel to Le­banon.

Anti-Western demon­stra­tions are oc­cur­ring, and some have turned vi­o­lent. Western in­ter­ests are at risk of be­ing at­tacked. Cana­di­ans should ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion, mon­i­tor lo­cal news, avoid pub­lic gath­er­ings and demon­stra­tions, and stay away from ar­eas where they may take place.

Planned and spon­ta­neous demon­stra­tions re­lated to the do­mes­tic and re­gional sit­u­a­tion reg­u­larly oc­cur in Le­banon. The road to the air­port is sub­ject to spo­radic clo­sure due to var­i­ous fac­tors in­clud­ing lo­cal sec­tar­ian clashes, civil un­rest in Syria and protests against gov­ern­ment poli­cies.

I would never ig­nore an of­fi­cial warn­ing is­sued for a coun­try. While things may set­tle down in a month, it would not be on my im­me­di­ate must see list, and I cer­tainly think any­one should think hard about a visi­ta­tion over the com­ing weeks.

RON PRAD­INUK / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

With no non-stop ser­vice to Mazat­lan trav­el­ers will miss at­trac­tions like the lo­cal

cliff diver per­for­mances.

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