DUBAI Aug 2 Dubai's Emirates said it
had suspended flights to Guinea, one of the west African
countries affected by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
Flights would be suspended from Saturday until further
notice, the airline said in a statement on its website. "The
safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and
will not be compromised," it said
The Ebola outbreak, which began in Guinea and has spread to
Liberia and Sierra Leone, has killed more than 700, making it
the deadliest since the virus was discovered almost 40 years
International airlines association IATA said on Thursday the
World Health Organization was not recommending travel
restrictions or border closures due to the outbreak, and there
would be a low risk to other passengers if an infected person
Some pan-African carriers have suspended operations to
Liberia and Sierra Leone, where Emirates does not fly.
West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger
measures to try to bring Ebola under control and prevent it
spreading outside the region.
Sierra Leone on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and
called in troops to isolate Ebola victims.
Emirates said any further actions in connection with the
outbreak would be "guided by the advice and updates from the
government and international health authorities."
(Reporting by Praveen Menon, editing by John Stonestreet)