Air France unions seek to stop flights to Guinea

Air France flight attendant unions Friday called for a halt to services to the Guinean capital Conakry due to concerns about a "serious risk" of spreading Ebola.

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 18, 2014, 02:27 AM IST

Paris: Air France flight attendant unions Friday called for a halt to services to the Guinean capital Conakry due to concerns about a "serious risk" of spreading Ebola.

The daily Air France Paris-Conakry flight "carries a serious risk of spreading the epidemic, particularly in our country," read a statement from the two unions of flight crew and commercial staff.

They called for a closure of the route until the epidemic is under control.

They also slammed what they called totally inappropriate protection from Air France -- which provided them with "a simple pair of gloves" -- and called for more suitable measures, in a letter to Transport Minister Alain Vidalies.

The unions underlined that other airlines, such as British Airways and Emirates, had suspended flights to Conakry.

France will on Saturday start carrying out health checks on travellers arriving from Guinea, one of the worst-hit nations alongside Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Air France suspended flights to Sierra Leone at the end of August, following previous union objections, but kept flying to Conakry.

The UN health agency WHO said today that 4,555 people had died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered in seven countries, as of October 14.

Liberia is the worst-hit of all, with 4,262 cases and 2,484 deaths, as of October 13.Guinea, where the epidemic originated in December, had seen 1,519 cases and 862 deaths as of October 14.