Middle East Airlines: Uncertainty in the Skies Over Syria
The chief executive officer (CEO) of Middle East Airlines (MEA) had to decide whether the airline should fly over Syria during the armed conflict. All other airlines in the Middle East had decided not to fly over Syria either because they did not want to show their support for the Syrian government or because they believed it was too dangerous. Yet, these airlines did not have as much to lose as MEA because, unlike them, 50 per cent of this airline's flights flew over that country. It was estimated that MEA could lose US$50 million if it did not fly over Syria. What should the CEO do? Daniel Friel is affiliated with Universidad de San Andr s.