AIRLINES have extended their flexible booking policies
as the war in Iraq threatens to send passenger numbers into freefall.

British Airways and United Airlines have
extended the cut-off date for their policies, while Air Canada has added extra
flexibility, allowing passengers to return to their departure airport
immediately.

BMI has introduced flexible fares on its Manchester to
Chicago route, while Singapore Airlines has also introduced a policy in
response to both the war and the flu outbreak.

BA head of sales Tiffany Hall said the policy had
helped BA avoid a slump in bookings.