Cuba modifies its suspension of Mexico flights

HAVANA (AP) -- Fearing swine flu, Cuba is suspending all regular and charter flights from Mexico to the island but still allowing airlines to return travelers to Mexico.

A statement published in state newspapers said that effective midnight Wednesday, flights from Cuba to Mexico would be grounded.

After that, airlines can fly presumably empty planes to the island and pickup Mexico travels.

The statement says the restrictions will remain until "the causes that have prompted these decisions cease."

They amend a blanket 48-hour ban on flights between Mexico and Cuba announced Tuesday.

There have been no reported cases of swine flu in Cuba but the government has ordered medical personnel and civil defense authorities to be on alert.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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