Belgium: Belgium not considering West Africa flight ban

Bruxelles, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium has no plan of banning flights to and from West Africa due to the Ebola outbreak in the subregion, according to a statement issued by the Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

However, details of the passengers' health would be taken at the beginning and end of the flight from West Africa. Details of food, meat and fish, fruits and vegetables from the region would also be taken.

The Belgian carrier, Brussels Airlines, has the highest number of flights to Africa from Europe.

Brussels Airlines serves Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia, directly from Brussels, as well as Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Lomé, Banjul, Lagos, Cotonou, Bamako, Niamey and Ouagadougou.

Flight bans to all these capitals will lead to financial loss of several millions of euros for the Belgian airline company.

Ebola, which has no known cure, is currently ravaging the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where it has killed over 700 cases.

05 august 2014 21:03:40

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