12 August 2014

Gambia Extends Flight Ban to Nigeria

The Gambia government through its relevant ministries has extended a ban on air passengers bound for Banjul from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the latest West African nation to be hit by the deadly Ebola virus.

It came after reports emerged Monday that the government through the Ministry of Transport, Works and Construction has barred some airline companies in Banjul from picking passengers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, countries hardest hit by the epidemic.

This measure followed an emergency meeting convened by the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, and the Transport, Works and Construction where they cautioned airline companies to adjust to certain international health or else face suspension of services.

The permanent secretary at the Transport Ministry, Abdoulie O. Camara, told the Daily Observer Monday that airlines such as Gambia Bird and Royal Air Maroc have been written to this effect to immediately stop bringing passengers from the affected zones to The Gambia. H noted that the Ministry is working closely with the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to closely monitor the situation, adding that at the moment, all the airlines that have offices in the country are cooperating.

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