4 Dead over airline tickets dispute! August 6, 2011 By Terence Nilson Leave a Comment Four people were shot dead and 23 injured in violent clashes over the price of air tickets in the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia, officials say. Saturday’s violence on the island of Mare came during protests over fare increases that have prompted locals to blockade airports in recent days. “Mare has lived a nightmare day. Two platoons of police were sent there and hopefully calm will return tonight. It is a tragic outcome,” High Commissioner Albert Dupuy said. He said that during the day the deputy commissioner in the Loyalty Islands had “numerous contacts with both parties to appeal to them to talk but the situation was too tense.” The clashes occurred as part of protests by users of Air Caledonie who have blocked airports since July 22 in protest at domestic airline’s new pricing policy. Read more >> Related posts: Etihad, World’s Leading Airline Award for the second year!