Airlines Cancel Africa Flights Due to Ebola Outbreak
CDC Adds Nigeria to Travel Warning List
Airlines flying to West Africa are cancelling some flights and offering travel waivers on others due to confirmed reports of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the area.
Earlier this week, British Airways said it had cancelled flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia, while Emirates Airline has suspended service to Guinea. Delta Air Lines issued a travel waiver for Abuja, Nigeria; Conakry, Guinea; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Lagos, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia; and Port Harcourt, Nigeria through August 15. Passengers can rebook for travel no later than August 31.
British Airways said the move was ““due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries.”
In a message on its website, Delta said that passengers departing from Monrovia, Liberia “may encounter required health screenings by government officials prior to gaining entry to the airport,” adding that passengers may also encounter such screenings upon arrival at Lagos, Nigeria.
Last week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued an Ebola travel warning, raising its travel health alert to Level 3, the highest level. The agency said that cases of the deadly Ebola virus have been confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and warned against non-essential travel to these countries. Cases of Ebola have also been confirmed in Nigeria and a Level 2 warning is in effect for that nation.
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