Kenya: Kenya Airways suspends flights to Ebola-hit nations

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Airways will from midnight Tuesday stop flights to the Ebola-hit West Africa Nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, airline's Chief Executive Titus Naikuni said in a statement.

In compliance with the Ministry of Health's directives, Kenya Airways has now reversed its earlier stance not to suspend flights to the affected countries.

Naikuni said the national carrier would refund passengers who had already booked their flights to those countries.

The suspension does not affect Nigeria, which got the disease from an infected Liberian who travelled to the country.

Despite the advice by the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) that governments should not impose travel bans and restrictions on the Ebola-affected West African nations, Kenyan authorities have decided to join a growing list of countries severing links with the West African countries.

Kenya Airways now joins British Airways, the Pan African ASKY Airlines, Arik Air of Nigeria and Emirates as the airlines which have suspended flights to the affected nations.

Korean Airlines which does not fly into West Africa has temporarily halted its flights from Nairobi.
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19 august 2014 11:13:58

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