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BA suspends Liberia and Sierra Leone flights over health concerns

A private plane arrives at Dobbins Air Reserve Base transporting a second American missionary stricken with Ebola, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

LONDON: British Airways has suspended flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of the month due to public health concerns, the airline owned by International Airlines Group said Tuesday.

More than 800 people have died in an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa which began in February in the forests of Guinea. The epicentre has since shifted to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"We have temporarily suspended our flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until 31 August 2014 due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries," BA said in a statement.

"The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the route under constant review in the coming weeks," it added.

 

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