Travel Alert – Kenya – Korean Air Suspends Flights…

Drum Cussa has issued this latest warning for U.S. Citizens and others traveling in the Nairobi, Kenya.  This information is available to GeoBlue plan members from the GeoBlue website daily…

Korean Air to Suspend Flights to Nairobi from 20 August over Ebola Concerns

Warning Issued for Africa

Severity: 2 (Low)

Category: Health and Medical

Source: Drum Cussac

08/15/2014 (Kenya) – South Korea’s flag carrier, Korean Air, indicated on Thursday, 14 August, that it would be temporarily suspending flights between Nairobi and Seoul from 20 August as a precautionary measure against the spread of the Ebola virus. The airline, which operates three weekly flights to the Kenyan capital’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), its only destination in Africa, did not state when it would resume service.

The announcement came a day after a World Health Organisation (WHO) official in Kenya stated that the country was at “high risk” for the spread of the virus as it was a major transport hub in Africa. Another WHO official, Isabelle Nuttall, was quoted as saying that Korean Air’s decision was an “overreaction”, and that the risk of the deadly virus spreading by air travel was low. While Kenya has not experienced any Ebola cases, and the outbreak remains centred thousands of kilometres away on the other side of the continent, authorities may increase screening of passengers at NBO, one of the busiest airports in Africa, in light of the recent developments. Personnel in or travelling to Kenya Kenya should remain apprised of related developments, and heed all directives from health and immigration officials. Those intending to fly via Korean Air should reconfirm flight bookings and/or consider making alternative travel arrangements.

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