Passengers Stranded In Gambia As Flights Banned Over Ebola Fears

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
By Paul Martin

Bernama.com.my
April 15, 2014

Hundreds of passengers were stranded in Gambia on Monday after the West African country banned flights from countries linked to a deadly ebola virus outbreak, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Scores of passengers were told about the ban on flights from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia after arriving at Banjul International Airport, leaving some desperate.

“It is really terrible for us as we have an important mission to run in Sierra Leone, but we were later told that there is no flight. But the authorities are right since it is not safe,” one passenger said.

Gambia Bird Airlines chief executive Thomas Wazinski said he was notified of the ban by the Ministry of Communication Infrastructure and Information as “an outbreak of Ebola has reached Guinea’s capital Conakry after spreading from southern Guinea.”

“We are sorry to announce that our plans to launch new services from Dakar (in Senegal) and Bissau (in Guinea Bissau) to Conakry have been postponed following the spread of the Ebola virus to the city,” Wazinski said.

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