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Kenya Airways defends flights to Ebola-stricken West Africa

15 August 2014, 15:58

Nairobi - Kenya Airways said flights to some West African destinations would continue as there are "no major risks" to warrant the halting of flights.

In a statement on Friday, the company said, in conjunction with health authorities, it shall be sending a joint Rapid Situation Assessment team to Free Town (Sierra Leone) and Monrovia (Liberia) to assess the management protocols on the ground.

In the meantime, it continued to enforce strict contingency measures and continue to review its current position on a regular basis.

"In view of all this advice the Management of Kenya Airways does not see a major risk that warrants stopping operations into the region. This means they will continue with their flights while reviewing the position on a daily basis," the airliner stated.

Kenya Airways said it had been assured by the Ministry of Health authorities in the respective countries, including Kenya, that the surveillance and screening at the airports conform to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

"Further, the airline wishes to confirm that in the interest of public safety for their esteemed staff, passengers and equipment, they reserve the right to cancel their flights should the situation warrant," it stated.

The Ebola virus has claimed the lives of more than 1 000 victims in recent weeks following the worst outbreak in years.

- CAJ News

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