KQ mulls over West African routes in wake of Ebola outbreak

Dr.Naikuni, Group CEO, Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways will today decide whether or not to continue scheduled flights to its West African destinations hit by the Ebola epidemic.

Top airline’s top executives, led by outgoing Group Managing Director and CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni have been meeting to review data from various stakeholders among them IATA, WHO, Ministry of Health Kenya Government on air operations into the Ebola affected regions of West Africa.

“While none of these institutions have strongly advised that air operations should cease, Kenya Airways has religiously followed the advice given by the same to mitigate risks associated with flying there,” said Dr. Naikuni in a statement.

On Friday last week, Xhinua News Agency quoted Dr. Naikuni saying Kenya Airways will continue with its scheduled flights to Nigeria, Sierra Leon, Nigeria and Ghana because Ebola had not been declared an epidemic/pandemic, with no resultant travel ban or advisory being given or recommended by global health authorities.

He said Kenya Airways ground staff and crew were on high alert to identify passengers who look unwell on check in or on board to facilitate immediate review by medical personnel for assistance.

Most international airlines have stopped scheduled flights into Ebola-hit West African countries of Sierra Leon, Nigeria and Liberia, where an estimated 1,700 Ebola cases reported out of which 1,013 infected people have died. Kenya Airways has scheduled flights to.