The Star (Nairobi)

13 August 2014

Kenya: KQ to Make Statement On Flights to Ebola Hit West African Countries On Thursday

Photo: Samaritans Purse
An outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has claimed hundreds of lives (file photo).

Kenya Airways will make a statement tomorrow on the future of its flights to flights to Ebola affected regions in West Africa on Thursday.

KQ's CEO Titus Naikuni said the airline has taken into consideration to stop its flights to regions in West Africa worst hit by the deadly virus.

Kenya Airways' senior management on Wednesday also reviewed facts advice from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the THE Ministry of Health regarding air operations into West Africa.

"While none of these institutions have strongly advised that air operations should cease, Kenya Airways has religiously followed the counsel given as measures to mitigate risks associated with flying to the affected areas," Naikuni said.

Meanwhile airlines including British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Pan African airline Aruj and ASKY and Chad have suspended flights to and from Ebola the affected destinations.

This comes after the WHO on Monday said announced that the death toll from the outbreak reached 1,013 after another 52 people died in the three days to Aug. 9 three West African countries

The largest number of reported new deaths were in Liberia, where 29 people died, followed by 17 in Sierra Leone and six in Guinea, the WHO said in a statement on its website. The total number of cases rose to 1,848, the WHO said

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