Fear of Ebola impacting aviation

EBOLA’S spread, especially to the US, is fuelling fears that aviation authorities will soon impose strict travel restrictions, creating a major crisis for aviation in Africa.
DaMina Advisors, an African political risk advisory service company, warns that there is growing pressure on the Obama administration to restrict US airline travel to West Africa. This would severely impact many African carriers and have a knock-on effect to other airlines operating there.
“While a US and EU airline travel ban on flights from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone may not materially affect the financial viability of the struggling West African airline companies, any flight bans on travel from larger economies of Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire has the real potential of financially crippling several domestic African carriers and negatively impacting West Africa’s GDP for 2014,” DaMina warns.
KLM-Air France, Lufthansa, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Royal Air Maroc, TAP, South African Airways, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines which operate dozens of daily flights to key West African hubs of Lagos, Abidjan, Accra and Dakar would also see a sharp fall in business.

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