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Emirates suspends flights to Guinea over Ebola fears

Published on Aug 1, 2014 6:21 PM
An Emirates Airline Airbus A380 airplane sits on the tarmac at Manchester airport in Manchester, UK on Thursday, Oct 21, 2010. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

DUBAI (AFP) - Dubai's Emirates Airline is to suspend flights to Guinea, one of three African countries hit by an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, a company spokesperson told AFP on Friday.

"Emirates will be suspending its service to Conakry from (Saturday) Aug 2, 2014, until further notice, due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea," a spokesperson said in e-mailed comments.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers. However the safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised," the source added.

Since March, there have been more than 1,300 cases of Ebola and 729 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organisation.

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