British Airways Cancels West Africa Flights Amid Ebola Outbreak

TIME

British Airways has suspended flight service to two West African countries that have been at the epicenter of the ongoing Ebola outbreak, the carrier announced Tuesday.

The airline cancelled all scheduled flights from London to Sierra Leone and Liberia “due to the deteriorating public health situation in both countries,” British Airways said in a statement.

Passengers on those flights would be offered full refunds or the opportunity to rebook flights after August 31, when flight service is expected to resume.

“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,” said company spokesperson Caroline Titmuss.

British Airways runs four flights a week between London Heathrow Airport and the affected countries. The move comes on the heels of similar decisions by Emirates Airlines and Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest carrier, to suspend flight service to…

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