Ebola: Airline wants flights’ suspension lifted
The Director-General of ASKY Airlines, Mr. Yissehak Zewoldi, on Wednesday pleaded with the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to lift its suspension of the airline’s flight into Nigeria.
Zewoldi told aviation correspondents in Lagos that the flight restriction was affecting passengers within the West African sub-region.
It would be recalled that NCAA had on Monday announced the suspension of ASKY’s flight to Nigeria following the death of Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who died of the Ebola virus in a Lagos hospital on Friday.
The victim was one of the passengers in the airline’s flight to Nigeria on July 21.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased was on his way to Calabar for an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) engagement.
Zewoldi said the airline was taking measures to ensure that it did not in any way contribute to the spread of the virus.
He said that he had written to the Director-General of NCAA on two occasions to explain that the airline had taken measures to ensure that it did not carry persons infected with Ebola virus on its flights.
He said that ASKY was fully commitment to working closely with all authorities and organisations in the fight against the spread of the disease.
According to him, ASKY is determined to keep its passengers and staff safe from Ebola.
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