Arik Air yesterday suspended all flight operations to Liberia and Sierra Leone following the widespread of Ebola diseases in the countries.
Confirming the suspension of the flights yesterday, the Nigerian airline Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Ola Adebanji said:
“As a result of the first Ebola virus death officially confirmed in Lagos, and involving a Liberian national who flew on a foreign-based airline from Monrovia via Lome into the city last week, Arik Air will be suspending operations into Monrovia (Liberia) and Freetown (Sierra Leone) effective July 28, 2014.”
“The suspension will be in force until further notice. This decision is a precautionary measure aimed at safeguarding the precious lives of Nigerians. Arik Air is taking this important measure as a concerned corporate citizen bearing interest of Nigerians at heart.“
According to him, the airline acknowledged the steps the Federal Government of Nigeria was currently taking to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.