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Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Published on Aug 28, 2014 11:17 AM
This file picture dated on Aug 18, 2014 shows An Air France Airbus 340 aircraft taking off at the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport, in Roissy-en-France. -- PHOTO: AFP

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AFP) - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Air France has agreed to Paris's request for a "temporary suspension" of services to Sierra Leone, leaving its capital Freetown and Monrovia in neighbouring Liberia with just one regular service, from Royal Air Morocco.

"In light of the analysis of the situation and as requested by the French government, Air France confirms it is maintaining its program of flights to and from Guinea and Nigeria," the flag carrier said on Wednesday.

Air France's decision came a day after British Airways said it was suspending flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until next year due to Ebola concerns.

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