Emirates Cancels Flights to Guinea Amid Ebola Concerns

 @ismati.mangla@ibtimes.com on August 04 2014 9:06 AM

Dubai-based airline Emirates suspended its flights Saturday to the West African nation of Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus.

All Emirates flights between Dubai and Conakry, the capital of Guinea, have been canceled until further notice, the Associated Press reports.

Guinea is one of three West African countries including Liberia and Sierra Leone trying to contain a deadly outbreak of the disease that has claimed more than 700 lives since March.

The decision by Emirates comes after the U.S. issued a travel warning for the three countries on Thursday. The World Health Organization hasn't issued any travel restrictions to the region.

African airlines Asky and Nigerian carrier Arik Air suspended all flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone last week. 

The International Air Transport Association said last week that it's working closely with the International Civil Aviation Organization to monitor any threat the Ebola outbreak might pose to air travel.

Emirates will continue to operate it flights to Senegal, which borders Guinea to the north, but told the AP that it “will be guided by the updates from international health authorities.” 

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