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Emirates scraps West African route in response to Ebola

Rival carriers still flying with heightened medical checks

Published Tue, Aug 5, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[DUBAI] Emirates, the world's largest airline by international traffic, is going it alone in scrapping a West African route in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak as rival operators keep flying with heightened medical checks.

Emirates halted services to Conakry in Guinea, one of three states blighted by the epidemic, at the weekend. The Dubai-based company says flights are suspended until further notice, citing guidance from health authorities including the US government-backed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Among carriers with the greatest exposure to the region, Air France, British Airways and Brussels Airlines - Deutsche Lufthansa AG's main link there - are all continuing flights while screening departing customers. Air France, which serves most West African nations, has imposed special rules for people boarding in Conakry and Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone.

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